How to Fix Windows 11 Update Not Showing Up or Working?

Although Windows 11 was released on October 5, there are still many users who have not been notified of the update. That’s because Microsoft wants to roll out updates in a phased manner, similar to how Windows features have been used in the past.

In addition to helping Microsoft generate more revenue from device makers like Dell and HP, the staged rollout will also ensure that Windows 11 bugs can be fixed continuously before most users get the update. However, Microsoft expects to receive the Windows 11 update for all compatible Windows 10 systems in the second quarter of 2022.

windows 11 update not showing up

Why Windows 11 update not showing up?

At present, Microsoft has prompted the update for some Windows 10 users, but if you have not received the Windows 11 update, it may be because of the following reasons:

  • Conflicting temporary files: If you encountered an error when downloading Windows 11, conflicting temporary files may be the reason why you cannot upgrade to Windows 11 for free.
  • Not running Windows 10: If you’re running Windows 8, 8.1, 7, or XP, then you won’t be able to upgrade to Windows 11. Currently, Microsoft only roll out Windows 11 to Windows 10 for free.
  • Incompatible systems: Windows 11 requires users to have TPM 2.0 and secure boot in addition to CPU, GPU and RAM requirements. If your system doesn’t meet these requirements, then you can’t upgrade to Windows 11 for free.
  • Corrupted Windows Update service: If you disable Windows Update’s debloater or registry cleaner, then the Windows Update service may be corrupted in the background. You need to repair the Windows 11 update service first.
  • Not an admin account: If you are using a work or school problem machine, not an admin account. Then you may not be able to upgrade to Windows 11. It is recommended that you consult your administrator on how to upgrade Windows 11.
  • Pre-built system: If your computer has a pre-built system, then you may have to wait a while for most laptop manufacturers are currently developing updated drivers for Windows 11.

Whatever the reason, you can try the following fixes to help you fix the Windows 11 update not showing up issue.

8 Ways to Fix Windows 11 Update Not Showing Up

Method 1: Check whether your computer meets the system requirements

First, you need to make sure that your PC meets the system requirements to run Windows 11. Microsoft will only push updates to computers that meet the system requirements, so it is recommended that you use Windows 11 PC Health Check app to check whether the computer meets the system requirements first.

  • Download Windows 11 PC Health Check app
  • Click the “Check Now” button.

If you see the image below, then your PC is compatible with Windows 11.

Windows 11 PC health check

Method 2: Confirm that Windows Update is working

Follow the steps below to check if Windows Update is disabled.

  • Press Win + I to open Settings. Click Update and Security.
  • If your updates are paused, click Resume Updates.
Confirm that Windows Update is working

Method 3: Restart your PC

Occasionally, Windows Update doesn’t appear to be caused by corrupt temporary files, you can try restarting your computer. Press Windows key + X, then click Shut Down or Log Out, and then click Restart.

Method 4: Troubleshoot Windows Update

We recommend trying to fix it using Windows’ built-in troubleshooter.

  • Open Setting by pressing Win + I keys. Then click Update & Security button.
  • Click Troubleshoot on the left.
  • Click Additional Troubleshooting.
  • Click Windows Update.
  • Then click Run the troubleshooter.

Now, the troubleshooter will automatically check the problems.

Method 5: Upgrade using Windows 11 Setup Assistant

If you want to get Windows 11 now, you can find the official Windows 11 installation assistant on Microsoft’s website. Install Windows 11 using the assistant.

Method 6: Upgrade using Windows 11 Media Creation Tool

If the Windows 11 update does not appear, you can also perform the upgrade yourself using the Windows 11 installation media. First, you need an empty USB flash drive (at least 8GB).

Visit Microsoft official site and click Download Now button under Create Windows 11 installation media.

Insert your USB drive and run the downloaded Media Creation Tool. Click Accept and Next.

Select the USB Flash Drive and then Next.

From the Removable Drive list, select your USB drive and click Next.

Then, the installer will begin to download and install the Windows 11.

Now your USB device helps you upgrade to Windows 11. Run setup.exe and open the Windows 11 setup window. Follow the instructions to update to Windows 11.

Method 7: Wait for Microsoft to roll out the Windows 11 update to your PC

If the Windows 11 update isn’t compatible with your PC right now, all you can do is wait. Microsoft is rolling out the Windows 11 update in stages to all PCs that meet the system requirements. You may accept the update at the middle of 2022.

Method 8: Sign up for the Windows Insider Program

If none of the above methods help your computer show the Windows 11 update, then you can sign up for the Windows Insider Program. This way you get all beta and development updates for Windows 11.

How to install Windows 11 on an unsupported PC?

If my computer doesn’t meet the system requirements, how can you do? no worry, you can also get Windows 11 on the unsupported PC, just read the article how to install Windows 11 on an unsupported PC to get more information.

Is Windows 11 a free upgrade?

If you have a valid Windows 10 license and meet the minimum requirements, then you can upgrade to Windows 11 for free. However, if you are running an older version of Windows or do not have a valid license key, there will be no free upgrade.

Can I install Windows 11 from USB?

Of course you can. if you want to learn more about how to install Windows 11 from USB, you can read this article to get the detailed steps.


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