[Fix] Windows Update “Attention Needed” Notification in Settings

When you open Settings, you may see a notification that says “Attention needed” near the Windows Update icon at the top of the Settings window.

Clicking on the “Windows Update (Attention needed)” icon may do nothing.

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Also, this notification may appear even though your system is up-to-date and there are no available or pending updates for your device. The Windows Update settings may show “You’re up to date”.

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The stuck “Attention needed” notification is due to corruption in Settings.

Resetting the Windows Update cache does not fix the issue.


Reinstalling the Settings app should remove the “Attention needed” notification in Settings.

From an admin PowerShell window, run the following command:

Get-AppXPackage windows.immersivecontrolpanel -AllUsers | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register "$($_.InstallLocation)\AppXManifest.xml" -Verbose}

This reinstalls the Settings app in Windows 10 and 11.

Related: How to Reset and Reinstall the Settings App

Restart Windows.

Open Settings. Click Update & Security → Windows Update. Check for updates.

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The “Attention needed” notification should no longer appear. It now shows the “Last checked” time correctly.

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Ramesh Srinivasan is passionate about Microsoft technologies and he has been a consecutive ten-time recipient of the Microsoft Most Valuable Professional award in the Windows Shell/Desktop Experience category, from 2003 to 2012. He loves to troubleshoot and write about Windows. Ramesh founded Winhelponline.com in 2005.

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