Troubleshoot Windows Update.lnk Issues (Free Download)

Last Updated: 07/03/2022
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Windows Update.lnk, also known as a Windows File Shortcut file, was created by Microsoft for the development of Windows XP. LNK files fall under under the Windows Shortcut (Windows File Shortcut) file type category.

Windows Update.lnk was first developed on 11/08/2006 in the Windows Vista Operating System for Windows Vista. The most recent release for Windows XP launched on 10/25/2001 [version XP release]. Windows Update.lnk is found in Windows XP, Windows 7, and Windows Vista.

Please see below for more detailed information, LNK file troubleshooting instructions, and free downloads of different versions of Windows Update.lnk.

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File Overview


General Information
File Name: Windows Update.lnk
File Extension: LNK file extension
Description: @%SystemRoot%\system32\shell32.dll,-22580
MIME Type: application/octet-stream
User Popularity Rating:
 
Developer and Software Information
Software Program: Windows XP
Developer: Microsoft
Software: Windows
Software Version: XP
File Details
File Size (Bytes): 1507
Oldest File Date: 11/02/2006
Latest File Date: 04/24/2017


What are Windows Update.lnk Error Messages?


General Windows Update.lnk Runtime Errors

Windows Update.lnk file errors often occur during the startup phase of Windows, but can also occur while the program is running. These types LNK errors are also known as “runtime errors” because they occur while Windows is running. Here are some of the most common Windows Update.lnk runtime errors:

Microsoft Visual C++ Runtime Library

Runtime Error!

Program: C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Start Menu\Windows Update.lnk

This application has requested the Runtime to terminate it in an unusual way.
Please contact the application's support team for more information.


Most LNK errors are due to missing or corrupt files. Your Windows Update.lnk file could be missing due to accidental deletion, uninstalled as a shared file of another program (shared with Windows), or deleted by a malware infection. Furthermore, Windows Update.lnk file corruption could be caused from a power outage when loading Windows, system crash while loading or saving Windows Update.lnk, bad sectors on your storage media (usually your primary hard drive), or malware infection. Thus, it’s critical to make sure your anti-virus is kept up-to-date and scanning regularly.



How to Fix Windows Update.lnk Errors in 3 Steps (Time to complete: ~5-15 minutes)

If you're encountering one of the error messages above, follow these troubleshooting steps to resolve your Windows Update.lnk issue. These troubleshooting steps are listed in the recommended order of execution.


Step 1: Restore your PC back to the latest restore point, "snapshot", or backup image before error occurred.

To begin System Restore (Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8, and 10):

  1. Hit the Windows Start button
  2. When you see the search box, type "System Restore" and press "ENTER".
  3. In the search results, find and click System Restore.
  4. Please enter the administrator password (if applicable / prompted).
  5. Follow the steps in the System Restore Wizard to choose a relevant restore point.
  6. Restore your computer to that backup image.

If the Step 1 fails to resolve the Windows Update.lnk error, please proceed to the Step 2 below.

Step 2: Run SFC (System File Checker) to restore the corrupt or missing Windows Update.lnk file.

System File Checker is a utility included with every Windows version that allows you scan and restore corrupted system files. Use the SFC tool to fix missing or corrupt Windows Update.lnk files (Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8, and 10):

  1. Hit the Windows Start button
  2. In the search box, type "cmd" but DO NOT PRESS "ENTER".
  3. Press and hold "CTRL-Shift" on your keyboard while pressing "ENTER".
  4. You'll be prompted with a permission dialog box.
  5. In the box, click "YES".
  6. You should have a black screen with a blinking cursor.
  7. In that black screen, type "sfc /scannow" and hit "ENTER".
  8. SFC will begin scanning for Windows Update.lnk issues and any other system file problems.
  9. Follow any on-screen commands to complete the process.

Please be aware that this scan might take a while, so please be patient while it is working.

If this Step 2 fails as well, please proceed to the Step 3 below.

sfc /scannow

Step 3: Perform a Windows Update.

When the first two steps haven't solved your issue, it might be a good idea to run Windows Update. Many Windows Update.lnk error messages that are encountered can be contributed to an outdated Windows Operating System. To run Windows Update, please follow these easy steps:

  1. Hit the Windows Start button
  2. In the search box, type "Update" and press "ENTER".
  3. In the Windows Update dialog box, click "Check for Updates" (or similar button depending on your Windows version)
  4. If updates are available for download, click "Install Updates".
  5. After the update is completed, restart your PC.

If Windows Update failed to resolve the Windows Update.lnk error message, please proceed to next step. Please note that this final step is recommended for advanced PC users only.



If Those Steps Fail: Download and Replace Your Windows Update.lnk File (Caution: Advanced)

If none of the previous three troubleshooting steps have resolved your issue, you can try a more aggressive approach (Note: Not recommended for amateur PC users) by downloading and replacing your appropriate Windows Update.lnk file version. We maintain a comprehensive database of 100% malware-free Windows Update.lnk files for every applicable version of Windows. Please follow the steps below to download and properly replace you file:

  1. Locate your Windows operating system version in the list of below "Download Windows Update.lnk Files".
  2. Click the appropriate "Download Now" button and download your Windows file version.
  3. Copy the file into the appropriate directory for your Windows version:

  4. Windows 7: C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\
    Windows Vista: C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\
    Windows XP: C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Start Menu\
  5. Restart your computer.

If this final step has failed and you're still encountering the error, you're only remaining option is to do a clean installation of Windows XP.


GEEK TIP : We must emphasize that reinstalling Windows will be a very time-consuming and advanced task to resolve Windows Update.lnk problems. To avoid data loss, you must be sure that you have backed-up all of your important documents, pictures, software installers, and other personal data before beginning the process. If you are not currently backing up your data, you need to do so immediately.



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CAUTION : We strongly advise against downloading and copying Windows Update.lnk to your appropriate Windows system directory. Microsoft typically does not release Windows LNK files for download because they are bundled together inside of a software installer. The installer's task is to ensure that all correct verifications have been made before installing and placing Windows Update.lnk and all other LNK files for Windows. An incorrectly installed LNK file may create system instability and could cause your program or operating system to stop functioning altogether. Proceed with caution.

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