How to Fix Windows Update Error “Your device is at risk” on Windows 10?

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Issue: How to Fix Windows Update Error “Your device is at risk” on Windows 10?

 “Your device is at risk because it’s out of date and missing important security and quality updates. Let’s get you back on track so Windows can run more securely. Select this button to get going.”

That’s an error message that I’ve got today when opened Windows Update app. Strange because I’ve performed a clean install a couple of days. How should I fix it?

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It doesn’t matter which Windows version[1] you are using, it’s crucial to keep it up-to-date. Missing updates may lead to serious system slowdowns, errors, malfunctions, and open the backdoor to malware. If you are an exemplary PC user and install updates regularly, the message given below can seriously intimidate you:

Your device is at risk because it’s out of date and missing important security and quality updates. Let’s get you back on track so Windows can run more securely. Select this button to get going:
Check for Updates

Although such warning would better pertain to the old Windows version, such as XP, Vista or Windows 7, which support has already expired[2] or the updates haven’t been installed for a long time, people’s reports revealed the other context.

The location of the “Your device is at risk because it’s out of date and missing important security and quality updates” error

The “Your device is at risk because it’s out of date and missing important security and quality updates” is a new phenomenon, which started bothering Windows 10 insiders preview build 16193.

The message is displayed in the Settings app under Update and Security section. While one might think that it shows on the outdated systems only, the truth is that the problem typically shows on the systems after clean install or upgrade from the earlier Windows 10 versions.

a printscreen of “Your device is at risk” error

The Culprit of the Bug – Missing Security Updates

Although Microsoft hasn’t yet acknowledged the “Your device is at risk” error on Windows 10 Creators Update, Microsoft technicians unofficially reported that the culprit is missing security updates.[3]

The problem here is that the “Your device is at risk because it’s out of date and missing important security and quality updates” alert prevents Windows Updates from being installed. The list of available updates is displayed, but the Install button does not respond.

However, sometimes the same error message occurs on PCs that are fully updates. In this case, the culprit may be the malfunctioning of Windows Update components or incorrect Date & Time settings. Therefore, to fix the error, you should try the following methods:

Solution 1. Install the Updates Manually

If you have received this error message and clicked the Check for Updates button, but none of the available updates were installed, navigate to the official Microsoft website and download the latest updates. The priority should be given for the security updates.

Download the required update manually

Solution 2. Check Date & Time Settings

Several people have reported that changing the time zone to the US Pacific and forwarding the date to tomorrow fixed “Your device is at risk” error on Windows 10.

For that, press Windows key + I and open Time & Language. Check the time zone and change it to US Pacific. Set the date to tomorrow and save the changes. Then navigate to Windows Updates and check if you can install the updates.

reset time zone

Solution 3. Reset Windows Update Components

  1. Press Windows key + X and select Command Prompt (Admin) from a drop-down menu.
  2. Click Yes on the User Account Control.
  3. Now you have to stop MSI Installer, Windows Update Services, and BITS services. For this purpose, copy and paste the following command into the Command Prompt window and press Enter:
    reset Windows Update Components manually

    net stop wuauserv
    net stop cryptSvc
    net stop bits
    net stop msiserver

  4. Then change the names of Catroot2 and SoftwareDistribution folders. For that, type the following commands in the Command Prompt and press Enter after each of them:

    ren C:\\Windows\\System32\\catroot2 Catroot2.old
    ren C:\\Windows\\SoftwareDistribution SoftwareDistribution.old

  5. Finally, start the MSI Installer, Windows Update Services, and BITS services. Type the commands given below in the Command Prompt and hit Enter:

    net start wuauserv
    net start cryptSvc
    net start bits
    net start msiserver

  6. Close Command Prompt and reboot.

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Lucia Danes
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Lucia Danes is the news editor at UGetFix. She is always on the move because the eager for knowledge makes her travel around the globe and attend InfoSec events and conferences.

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