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How To Fix When Discord Update Loop Fails

When I try to update Discord on my PC, “UPDATE FAILED” is displayed, and the update may fail.

In addition, there are cases where Discord is still in the updated state and the process does not end, or there are cases where the update cannot be completed, and a loop occurs.

This article will explain what to do when Discord cannot update/repeat the update loop on your PC.

Method 1: Run Discord as an administrator

There may be a case where Discord update is leaped and cannot be updated due to insufficient execution permission of Discord.

Therefore, running Discord as an administrator and updating may resolve the issue. To run Discord as an administrator, follow the steps below.

  1. Right-click on the Discord app icon and select Properties.
  2. Open the Compatibility tab.
  3. Check “Run this program as an administrator“.
  4. Click OK to save your settings.
  5. Double-click the Discord app icon to run it.
  6. Click Yes when User Account Control is displayed.

Also, if you want to temporarily execute as an administrator without changing the Discord startup settings, follow the procedure below.

  1. Click “Windows Mark“.
  2. Right-click on the Discord app icon and select Run as administrator.
    • If you can’t find “Discrod“, click “All apps” in the upper right corner.
  1. Click Yes when User Account Control is displayed.

With the above steps, you can run Discord as an administrator. If you can run it as an administrator, check if the update is successful.

Method 2: Rename the update file

Some users have reported that renaming the update executable can solve the problem that Discord updates can’t loop.

Therefore, rename the Discord update executable and see if the problem goes away. To change the name of the Discord update executable file, follow the procedure below.

  1. If you are running Discord, quit.
  2. Right-click on Windows Mark and select Run.
  3. Enter %localappdata% for the name and click OK.
  4. Open the Discord folder.
  5. Right-click Update.exe and select Rename.
  6. Rename it to “UpdateX.exe” and press Enter.

After renaming the Discord update executable file, start Discord and check if the update can be executed normally.

Method 3: Disable security software

Discord updates may fail and loop due to the functionality of third-party security software.

Therefore, if you have third-party security software installed, try updating Discord with the security software features disabled.

The procedure for stopping third-party security software depends on the software, but in most cases you can temporarily stop it by following the steps below.

  1. Click the “up arrow icon” on the right side of the taskbar.
  2. Right-click on the security software app icon.
  3. Select Exit or Pause.

If you can stop the function of the security software, start Discord and check if the update can be executed normally.

Method 4: Disable Windows security

In some cases, you may not be able to update because the standard Windows security firewall feature is blocking Discord updates.

Therefore, if you do not have security software installed, please try updating with Windows security disabled. To disable Windows security, follow these steps:

  1. Right-click on “Windows Mark” and select “Settings“.
  2. Click Update & Security >> Windows Security.
    • For Windows 11, click “Privacy and Security” >> “Windows Security“.
  1. Click Virus and Threat Protection in the right pane.
  2. Click Manage Settings in Virus and Threat Protection settings.
  3. Toggle the “Real-time protection” switch to “Off“.

After disabling Windows security, make sure you can successfully update Discord.

Method 5: Delete Discord data and reinstall

There may be cases where the update loops and cannot be applied due to the corrupted app data related to Discord.

Therefore, deleting the Discord app data and uninstalling the app itself may solve the problem. However, it will completely uninstall Discord, so you will need to reconfigure it after reinstalling.

To delete and reinstall Discord app data, follow the steps below.

  1. Right-click on “Windows Marks” and select “Apps and Features“.
  2. Select “Discord” in the application list in the right pane and click “Uninstall“.
    • For Windows 11, click the “3-point icon” in “Discord” and select “Uninstall“.
  1. Follow the instructions when the wizard appears to complete the uninstall.
  2. Right-click on Windows Mark and select Run.
  3. Enter% appdata% for the Name and click OK.
  4. Right-click Discord in the opened folder and select Delete.
  5. Go to “Discord Official Site” and download the latest version of the installer for Discord.
  6. Run the downloaded installer file and follow the instructions to complete the installation.

After deleting and reinstalling the Discord app data, start Discord and check that it is the latest version. Also, check if the update can be executed normally.

Method 6: Check your internet connection

There may be a case where Discord cannot be updated and loops due to a problem with your PC’s Internet connection.

Therefore, make sure that your PC can connect to the Internet normally. To determine if you have an internet connection, use your browser to access the website and see if it looks good.

If you’re having trouble connecting your PC to the Internet, try restarting your PC and network devices such as routers.

Once you’ve resolved your PC’s internet connection issue, run a Discord update to see if it works.

Method 7: Check for Discord failure

It is possible that the update fails and loops due to a failure of Discord’s update server.

Therefore, check if the Discord server has failed. Discord failures can be found on the official page below.

If the Discord server has a failure, the user cannot handle it, so please wait for the recovery work on the Discord side. After the failure is recovered, please try the update again.

Method 8: Disable VPN and proxies

There may be a case where Discord cannot be updated normally and loops because the PC is connected to the VPN or the proxy server is set.

Therefore, if you are using a VPN or proxy, you may be able to update successfully by disabling it. To disable VPN and proxy, follow the steps below.

  1. Right-click on “Windows Mark” and select “Settings“.
  2. Select “Network and Internet“.
  3. Select “VPN“.
  4. Select “Connected VPN” in the right pane and click “Disconnect”.
  5. Go back to the previous screen and select “Proxy“.
  6. Toggle the “Use Proxy Server” switch to “Off“.

After disabling VPN and proxies, start Discord and see if you can update successfully.


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