Microsoft lately released a new optional Update KB5016688 on their Windows 10 20H2, 21H2 and 21H1 versions. Though this update fixes several issues and brings new improvements. One of the key improvements enclose in this update is quality improvements to the servicing stack, the component that installs Windows updates. But few users pointed out that they are not able to install the KB5016688 Update on their system and they are worried about it.

If you are also facing difficulty in installing the same update on your system, then you can follow this article. Here we have listed some quick and reliable solutions to install Update KB5016688 on your Windows 10 with ease. Then let’s have a look.

Fix 1: Run Update Troubleshooter

The first attempt to install Update KB5016688 on your Windows 10 smoothly is running the Windows Update troubleshooter. To do so,

  • Open Settings menu->Update & Security->Troubleshooter->Additional troubleshooter link.Windows update troubleshooter
  • Select Windows Update-> click on Run the troubleshooter button and retry to install the update.

Fix 2: Remove DataStore Files

If the Update KB5016688 fails to install on your Windows 10, you should remove the DataStore files. Then you can install the update without any issues. To do so,

  • Open Services window->right-click on Windows Update->click on Stop from sub-menu.
  • Then open RUN dialog box (By pressing Windows + R)-> type %windir%\SoftwareDistribution\DataStore -> click OK.
  • From the newly opened folder choose all contents and click on the Delete button.
  • Once done, you can download and install the update easily.

Fix 3: Delete SoftwareDistribution Folder Files

In some cases, deleting the SoftwareDistribution folder will help you to install Update KB5016688 on your Windows 10. To do so,

  • Open Services window->right-click on Windows Update->click on Stop from sub-menu.
  • Then open Windows Explorer->select C:\ Windows folder-> expand SoftwareDistribution folder-> select all content-> click on Delete button.
  • Once done, you can download and install the update without any trouble. 

Fix 4: Install Update Assistant

Sometimes, simply installing the Windows 10 Installation Assistant will allow you to complete the Update KB5016688 installation process. To do so,

  • Open Windows 10 Update Assistant webpage-> click on the Update now under the Update Assistant section.Windows 10 Update Assistant
  • Once done, you can download and install the update on your system.

Fix 5: Install Windows Media Creation

In most cases, simply installing the Windows 10 Media Creation tool will let you install Update KB5016688 smoothly on your system. To do so,

  • Open the Windows 10 Media Creation webpage-> click on the Download tool now button under Create Windows 10 Installation Media tool section. Windows 10 Media Creation Tool
  • Once done, you can install the discussed update on your system. 

Fix 6: Remove External Components

If an external hard disk, USB drive or other components are connected to your system during the new update installation process, it may interfere badly with the installation. Therefore, before installing Windows new updates, you need to remove all external components from the system and then try to install the updates.

Fix 7: Reset Windows Update Component

Sometimes resetting the Windows Update Component will help you to escape from the Update KB5016688 Not Installing on Windows 10 issue. To do so,

  • Open Command Prompt window (type “cmd” in the search box)-> type or paste the following commands on the screen and press Enter,

SC config trustedinstaller start=auto

 net stop bits

 net stop wuauserv

 net stop msiserver

 net stop cryptsvc

 net stop appidsvc

Ren %Systemroot%\SoftwareDistribution SoftwareDistribution.old

Ren %Systemroot%\System32\catroot2 catroot2.old

regsvr32.exe /s atl.dll

regsvr32.exe /s urlmon.dl

regsvr32.exe /s mshtml.dll

 netsh winsock reset

 netsh winsock reset proxy

 rundll32.exe pnpclean.dll,RunDLL_PnpClean /DRIVERS /MAXCLEAN

 dism /Online /Cleanup-image /ScanHealth

 dism /Online /Cleanup-image /CheckHealth

 dism /Online /Cleanup-image /RestoreHealth

 dism /Online /Cleanup-image /StartComponentCleanup

 Sfc /ScanNow 

net start bits

 net start wuauserv

 net start msiserver

 net start cryptsvc

 net start appidsvc

  • Once you executed all the above commands, restart the system and retry to install the new update. 

Fix 8: Use Microsoft Update Catalog

You can manually install the KB5016688 update on your system with the help of the Microsoft Update Catalog page. To do so,

  • Open the Microsoft Update Catalog webpage-> type “KB5016688” in the search box-> Download the appropriate file for your system.Microsoft Update Catalog
  • Once done, install the file and you have successfully installed the new update manually. 

Fix 9: Free Up Drive Space

In case your system does not have enough space to download the latest Windows update, you need to create some space to install the update. You can delete unnecessary files from your system and try again to install the update successfully.

These are the steps to install Update KB5016688 on your Windows 10 without any trouble. If you have any concerns related to the information given above, then you can list your doubts in the command box below.