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Modern Setup Host that Stopped Working – Top Fixes in 2020

A lot of users have been reporting complaints about the modern setup host malfunctioning and interrupting Windows Updates. This also leads to inquiries about the host’s necessity and purpose. We will be solving all such queries for you in this article as we proceed. Read on.

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Understanding Modern Setup Host

Windows has been the best Operating System that was rolled out by Microsoft ever since its inception. However, it suffers from certain flaws that have been attempted to recover by the occasional updates that Microsoft keeps releasing now and then. The Operating System has some in-built components that help to install these latest updates that can be directly downloaded on the computer.

One of these components is called the Modern setup host, and it keeps running in the background when any important update is getting installed on the computer. The computer directly downloads this host and automatically installs it too. You can find it in the folder named $Windows.BT.

$Windows.BT

It is like an installer that self-extracts the archives. The popping up of this on the PC suggests that you are probably running the beta version of the Windows, or it can be called the Windows Technical Preview. The main work of this host is to trigger the update of Windows 10 on any computer.

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Common errors faced by the Modern Setup Host

The Setup host also faces certain issues, and these errors can be very annoying as they happen during the Windows update process and hampering it in between. The two most frequent problems that have annoyed the users most include-

  • Modern setup host taking up high disk space
  • Modern setup host stopped working

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Fixing high disk space usage by modern setup host

We suggest you wait for around 3-4 hours and see if the host starts working again before we move ahead with the fix to kill it. If it doesn’t re-load, try this method:

1. Press buttons Windows+I together for opening the PC’s settings.

2. Click on System and then select the option Notifications and Actions in the left pane.

3. Turn off the option ‘Get Tips, Tricks, and Suggestions as you use Windows‘ by toggling it.

Fixing high disk space usage by modern setup host

4. Press buttons Windows+I again and then hit the button Personalize.

5. Select the option Start in the left pane. Turn off the button ‘Show Suggestions Occasionally in Start.’

Fixing high disk space usage by modern setup host

6. Press buttons Windows+I and then click option Windows Update and Security.

7. Click on Windows Security in the left pane and then hit on App and Browser Control.

Fixing high disk space usage by modern setup host

8. Now for all the three options, tick Off for turning off Windows Smartscreen.

9. Press buttons Windows+I. Click Privacy.

10. Click on Background Apps in the left pane. Shut off every unnecessary app.

Fixing high disk space usage by modern setup host

11. Click button Windows + R for opening the prompt Run.

12. Type this command – control.exe srchadmin.dll and hit Enter.

Fixing high disk space usage by modern setup host

13. Hit the option Modify and tick off every option there.

14. Hit OK for saving the settings that you just modified.

See if the problem is resolved.


Some other solutions for a problematic modern setup host

In this section, we are going to give you some other important solutions that will solve both of the problems that you may face with the host. Go through them and pick what suits the best for you.

● Use the Window Update troubleshooter

This can be your first option as it is an in-built troubleshooter of Windows 10 that solves the errors. Windows 7 and 8 users will need to download this program from the Microsoft store.

For running this troubleshooter program on Windows 10:

1. Hit the Windows key on the keyboard to open the Start menu.

2. Search for troubleshooting in the dedicated box. Click on the right result.

3. Click on option Windows Update and select Run the troubleshooter.

Use the Window Update troubleshooter

4. See if the problems get detected and fixed

  • If no problem gets detected or shows Not fixed, then try other fixes.
  • If any problem shows Not fixed, then try the right fix for it.

Follow these guidelines for Windows 7 and 8 PC:

1. Download the program from the Microsoft store.

2. Once it gets installed successfully, double click on it to open.

3. Click Windows Update and then hit Next.

Use the Window Update troubleshooter

4. See if the problems get detected and fixed

  • If no problem gets detected or shows Not fixed, then try other fixes.
  • If any problem shows Not fixed, then try the right fix for it.

You may also try checking for any Windows Update or upgrading the PC for fixing the problematic host.


● Get help from the DISM tool

A corruption error might be causing the failure of Windows Update. You may take help from the built-in DISM or Deployment Image Servicing and Management, which is a command-line program for repairing Windows images.

1. Hit the Windows key on the keyboard to open the Start menu.

2. Enter cmd in the search box. Right-click on Command prompt or cmd. Hit Run as administrator.

Get help from the DISM tool

Note: click on Yes when the User Account Control prompts it.

3. Enter these commands. Hit Enter after entering every command

DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Scanhealth

DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Checkhealth

DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth

After the commands run, look for any Windows Update or upgrade the PC yourself. See if the host is fixed.


● Do a clean boot

Sometimes the programs running in the background also affect the Windows updates. For ruling out this interference, you can try performing a clean boot as it will start the Windows by minimizing the number of drivers used as well as the startup programs.

1. Keep the Windows logo key pressed and then hit R key. The Run box will open up.

2. Enter msconfig and then hit Enter.

msconfig

3. In System configuration, open the General tab. Tick off the option Load Startup items.

Do a clean boot

4. Open the tab Services. Mark the option Hide all Microsoft services. Hit Disable all.

Do a clean boot

5. Open the tab Startup. Click option Open Task Manager.

Do a clean boot

6. In this tab, now right-click the option every startup item that is Enabled. Click Disable.

Do a clean boot

7. Go back to the tab Startup. Hit OK.

8. Restart the PC.

After the reboot, look for any Windows Update or upgrade the PC yourself. See if the host is fixed.


● Set the system language of the PC to default

One of the many reasons for update failure is when the system language of your PC isn’t the default UI language. This is the language system that is pre-installed on your PC. You might then need to set the default system as the installed language system.

1. Check the default language of the System first by:

2. Hit the Windows key on the keyboard to open the Start menu.

3. Enter cmd in the search box. Right-click on Command prompt or cmd. Hit Run as administrator.

Get help from the DISM tool

4. Note: click on Yes when the User Account Control prompts it.

5. Write the command dism /online /get-intl. Hit Enter. Now you can see the default UI language of your PC system.

Set the system language of the PC to default

For Windows 10, follow this method:

1. Hit the Windows key+I for opening Window Settings.

2. Select Time & Language.

For Windows 10

3. Select Region & Language. Check the language

For Windows 10

  • If it is some other one, set the default UI system language. Look for any Windows Update or upgrade the PC yourself. See if the host is fixed.
  • If it has already defaulted, try another fix.

For Windows 7, follow this method:

1. Hold the Windows key+R for the opening Run box.

2. Enter control — hit Enter.

control

3. Select Region and Language.

For Windows 7

Check the language

For Windows 7

  • If it is some other one, set the default UI system language. Look for any Windows Update or upgrade the PC yourself. See if the host is fixed.
  • If it has already defaulted, try another fix.

● Empty the Software distribution folder

Windows 10 has a folder named Software Distribution, which is a crucial part of Windows update as it stores the related necessary temporary files. Sometimes, these files only happen to hamper the update installation. Follows this method for fixing this issue:

1. Hold the Windows key+R for the opening Run box.

2. Enter this path – C:\Windows\SoftwareDistribution\Download. Hit Enter.

Empty the Software distribution folder

3. Press the keys Ctrl+A on the keyboard. This will mark every file in the folder. Right-click over them and then hit Delete.

Empty the Software distribution folder

4. When asked upon providing administrator permission, click Do this for all current items. Click Continue.

Empty the Software distribution folder

5. Restart the PC.

After the reboot, look for any Windows Update or upgrade the PC yourself. See if the host is fixed.


● Disable Updates for Windows

If you do not intend upon installing any update for the Windows system of your PC or upgrade Windows, then you may try disabling the Updates for Windows on the PC. Here is how to do it:

1. Hold the Windows key+R for the opening Run box.

2. Type the command – services.msc. Hit Enter.

Service.msc

3. Now in the opened Services Windows, hit a right-click on the option Windows Update. Click Properties.

Disable Updates for Windows

4. Open the tab, General. Change the Startup type into Disabled. Click Stop.

Disable Updates for Windows

5. Open the tab Recovery. See if the option first Failure is set to Take No Action. Click Apply and then hit OK.

Disable Updates for Windows


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If nothing else worked for you or the methods seem difficult, then you may try a third-party tool to fix the issues with the modern setup host. Driver Easy is one great tool, and you can buy a one-year subscription of it, which includes technical assistance.

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Conclusion About Modern Setup Host

Your last option for fixing the modern setup host may be to get assistance from a computer technician as they will give you the best solution by doing the required investigations. We hope that you will be able to self-diagnose the problem and fix it with the methods we provided.

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