We’ve all seen “There were some problems installing updates, but we’ll try again later.” at one point or another. Many times simply running sfc /scannow will resolve the problem but not always. When that fails, look at running the sconfig utility. Now you need to be careful, it lets you do a lot of scary things such as change domain name, computer name, network settings, etc. What it also lets you do is run Windows Updates, either in a group or one at a time. It’s always come through and today was no different.
I had a bunch of Windows Server 2016 boxes getting the following error:
“There were some problems installing updates, but we’ll try again later. If you keep seeing this and want to search the web or contact support for information, this may help: (0x800705b4)”
Only two updates were pending: KB4284833 and KB 2267602. sfc /scannow found no issues and neither did the Windows Update Troubleshooter. So I used my tool of last restore, sconfig to install each of these updates separately without issue. I’ve never looked into why this works when normal Windows Update fails, I just know it does.
If you want more information on sconfig, check out Jeff Woolsey’s blog entry: