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Fix Discord Update Failed Error

Find Out How to Fix the Discord "Update Failed" Error and the Discord Update Loop

Discord's developers frequently update the application to fix various bugs and introduce new features. However, the app can be held back by bugs and glitches that don't let it update.

Discord Update Failed

Why Discord Fails to Update?

When Discord fails to update, it's usually because of an Internet issue. You will get an "Update failed — Retrying in 10 sec" error message if your Internet connection briefly cuts out during the update.

Third-party anti-virus programs and firewalls may block Discord from connecting to its servers even though they may recognize Discord as a trusted program. You may try temporarily disabling your third-party anti-virus or firewall program and check if Discord can update successfully.

If you experience an update loop when Discord is trying to update, that will most likely be caused by corrupt Discord files, particularly the Update.exe file. Removing the corrupted files to force Discord to download new ones should allow Discord to update normally. You may need to do a clean installation of Discord to fix the update loop in some cases.

To Fix Discord failing to update, we invite you to use the troubleshooting steps compiled below.

Video Guide on How to Fix Discord Update Failed Error

Table of Contents:

Solution 1. Reset Network Configurations

If Discord won't update due to a network configuration issue, then there are several command lines you can run to reset the settings that have been modified.

1. Simultaneously hold down Windows+R keys to open Run.

In the Run dialog, Type in CMD and hold down Ctrl+Shift+Enter keys to open the elevated Command Prompt

2. Type in CMD in the dialog box and hold down Ctrl+Shift+Enter keys to open the elevated Command Prompt.

3. Then, type in the commands listed below and press Enter after entering each one.

Run Winsock Reset and IP Reset commands

  • netsh winsock reset
  • netsh int ip reset

Run IPconfig Release, Renew, and FlushDNS commands

  • ipconfig /release
  • ipconfig /renew
  • ipconfig /flushdns

4. Close the Command Prompt and restart your PC.

5. After your PC boots up, launch Discord and allow it to update.

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Solution 2. Rename the Discord's Update.exe File

If Update.exe has been corrupted, then that may be the reason why the app fails to update. Renaming will trigger Discord to download a new Update.exe file from the Internet.

1. Simultaneously hold down Windows+R keys to open Run.

In the Run dialog, type in CMD and hold down Ctrl+Shift+Enter keys to open elevated Command Prompt

2. Type in CMD in the dialog box and hold down Ctrl+Shift+Enter keys to open the elevated Command Prompt.

Type in taskkill /f /im discord.exe in CMD and hit Enter

3. in the Command Prompt window, type in taskkill /f /im discord.exe and press Enter.

4. Close the Command Prompt.

5. Hold down Windows+R keys again to open Run.

Type in %LocalAppData% in Run and click OK

6. in the Run dialog box, type in %LocalAppData%, and click OK.

Go to the Discord Folder in LocalAppData

7. Access the Discord folder.

Right-click Update.exe and click Rename

8. Locate Update.exe, right-click it, and click Rename.

Rename Update.exe to UpdateOld.exe

9. Rename Update.exe to UpdateOld.exe and save the new name.

10. Then, launch Discord and see if it updates.

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Solution 3. Perform a Clean Installation of Discord

If none of the above solutions fix Discord's update issues, we recommend performing a clean installation of Discord. To perform a clean installation, you will have to manually delete Discord's files in the hidden %appdata% and %localappdata%, but not before closing all of Discord's processes.

1. Simultaneously hold down Windows+R keys to open Run.

In the Run dialog, type in CMD and hold down Ctrl+Shift+Enter keys to open elevated Command Prompt

2. Type in CMD in the dialog box and hold down Ctrl+Shift+Enter keys to open the elevated Command Prompt.

taskkill /f /im discord.exe

3. In the Command Prompt window, type in taskkill /f /im discord.exe and press Enter.

4. Close the Command Prompt.

Right-click Start and click Apps and Features

5. Right-click Start and select Apps and Features.

Select Discord and click Uninstall

6. Scroll through the applications list, find and select Discord.

7. Click Uninstall and then click Uninstall again.

8. Then, hold down Windows+R keys again to open Run.

Type in %AppData% in Run and click OK

9. In the Run dialog box, type in %AppData% and click OK.

Right-click the Discord fodler and click Delete

10. Locate the Discord folder, right-click it, and click Delete.

11. Hold down Windows+R keys once again to open Run.

Type in %LocalAppData% in Run and click OK

12. Type in %LocalAppAata% and click OK.

Right-click the Discord fodler and click Delete

13. Locate the Discord folder, right-click it, and click Delete.

Go to the Discord download page

14. Then, open your browser and go to the Discord download web page.

Click Download for Windows

15. Click the Download for Windows button.

16. Download Discord's installer and run it.

After installing Discord enter your login credentials and click Login

17. Enter your login credentials and click Login.

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