Here’s the easy fix for Windows 11 Expiring but unable to do Windows Update

  • This article shows you the simple steps to fix Windows 11 expiring issue where Windows Update is not showing you the updates.
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Happened to me before – I was on Windows 11 Dev channel and out of nowhere my Windows machine started popping-up message, telling “This build of Windows will expire soon. Your build of Windows will expire on MM/DD/YYYY. You should move to a new build as soon as possible. Go online for more information.”. I was desperate because when I checked for Windows update, it just seemed hanging without showing me the updates. I tried multiple times throughout multiple days and occasions and still the Windows updates hanging for no reasons.

I thought on re-installing my Windows machine but as you know, re-installing Windows is not so easy and simple as you think – first you need to back up your whole data, then you need to perform re-installation of all the software you are using. Fast forward, my Windows build has finally expired, and the Windows update screen was still hanging for no reasons until I found a way to update my Windows machine.

I’m writing this article to share with all of you who happen to be in the same/similar situation as me so that you don’t need to be desperate like me nor you need to re-install your Windows machine.

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Windows 11: This build of Windows will expire soon. Getting prompted by this? Don’t worry! Follow the steps below for the fix.

Here’s how to fix Windows 11 Expired / Expiring but unable to do Windows Update

Follow these steps to fix your Windows 11 expiring / expired issue and at the same time unable to do Windows Updates due to Windows update either stuck or hanging.

1) Open Windows page on Microsoft website

Open the link below and do sign in if prompted.


2) Find and click “Check for Updates”

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Windows 11: Check for Updates

On Windows page, scroll down until you find “Check for Updates”.

Your browser will prompt you, “This site is trying to open Settings”. Click “Open” or “Open Settings”.

3) Do Windows Update

The Windows Update settings page will be opened. You should now be able to see updates available for your Windows machine. Do update on any items you feel necessary to update.

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Windows Update finally showing some items to update.

Bring it all together

Not sure what went wrong with my Windows (Dev) build, but doing the simple steps above worked for me. So, in case you get prompted by expiring Windows, before doing reinstallation – which is going to be pretty hassle – try to do the steps above.  In case you encountered any difficulties and/or have queries, don’t hesitate to put your queries or thoughts on the comment section down below. I’ll be happy to assist.

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