PSConfig Fails with Missing / Required Error Message After Applying CU or Service Pack in SharePoint 2010

I had this happen with a CU recently, and I saw someone that had the same problem with SP1.  You download and install some patch - a CU or service pack.  The final step after installation is to run psconfig on each server in the farm.  However, psconfig tells you that it can't proceed because one or more of the servers are missing a required patch.  It shows the server name, the patch name, and it says "Missing/Required".  The thing it says is missing though is the exact patch you just got done installing.  Frustrating, yes?

Fortunately, Sam from the UK Premier Field Engineering team had a work-around that fixed it for me, so I'm sharing it here on his behalf in the hopes that it will help you.  Try running the command Get-SPProduct –local on the server that says it's missing the required patch.  Doing so forces a timer job to run that does some version fix up.  This solved the problem for me; hope it helps you if you find yourself in this position.

Comments (38)
  1. Anonymous says:

    Thank you very much, this solved my issues with upgrage as well.

  2. This blog was of a great help! thanks!

  3. bj fentress says:

    Dude! Thanks! This totally saved my bacon after trying to pacth a farm with the latest Dec 2011 CU. After Cu install it said I was missing several things, but after running this command everything is hunkie-dorie! 🙂

  4. Steve..You are a wicked genius!! But I have no idea how this worked.

  5. alexandrad9x says:


  6. Greg Lambert says:

    Thank you so much, just saved me a ton of troubleshooting time!

  7. Ratna Satish says:

    Thank you very much, its really helped me.

  8. mike says:

    Thanks! This helped me a lot! I wonder why the check isn't force when restarting psconfig… oh Microsoft…

  9. PaU says:

    Thank you very much! I can see th "Upgrade Available" message!!!

  10. francisco says:

    YES, THANK YOU 🙂 saved me so much work. you made me an happy man today 🙂

  11. Roy L says:

    Over a year later and THANK YOU!!!!!

  12. Rob says:

    Worked like a charm! Thanks for taking the time.

  13. Ahmed Saber says:

    Thank you so much .. it worked for me 🙂

  14. Yuvaraj says:

    This works perfectly, Thanks dude for your good will…

  15. This saved me time!  I had same issue where I recently installed SP2 and June 2013 CU and one server kept giving me error that it was missing required patches/updates when I know i ran the install files on this machine. Ran this scrpt and then reanalyzed the errors and everything is now clean! Thnx!

  16. ricardo says:

    Thank you, thank you, thank you!!! 🙂

  17. Victoria L says:

    You, sir, are a life saver. 🙂

  18. malcolm says:

    Spent many frustrating hours before finding this article … can now breathe a sigh of relief 🙂

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  21. JB says:

    Thanks !!!

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  23. Jay McDermott says:

    One caveat – this fix worked but it did not change the psconfig status in CA – it still says ‘Failed’ on that server. So you might have to run psconfig again or go to the next CU

  24. David Jenkins says:

    In a sing-song voice… Life Saver!

  25. sujayakumar ravipati says:

    Its really helped us alot while we are adding to the New Server to the current farm.

  26. shaun says:

    This fix still applies with SharePoint 2013 as well. Just FYI. Saved me from opening a ticket with MS. Thank you!!

  27. Erik says:

    Experienced this after applying SharePoint updates via Windows Update. Running this command on all servers in the farm and then hitting "Refresh" in the config wizard allowed me to proceed. Thanks!

  28. shannon says:

    I can’t even begin to tell you how much time you just saved me. Microsoft patching snuck the August CU in. Config wizard wouldn’t run because of a workflow provisioning error. I found the fix was to reinstall sp1. after reinstall my app server kept saying
    one of my servers didn’t have sp1, but it did and when I tried to reinstall sp1 it told me it was already installed. Your command fixed it. Microsoft is REALLY starting to worry me..

  29. Jorgo says:

    Thanks a lot! This worked when our SP13 SP1 Spanish Language Pack didnt want to be installed.

  30. Peggy says:

    You’re super! Thanks a lot!

  31. SAF says:

  32. C, Brown says:

    Spend all night trying to rebuild a farm by morning…I get this error, and panic…find this article and feel SO RELIEVED. Yes…it worked!

  33. Hakan K says:

    Hey thank you this great tip!!!

  34. Korey says:

    Thank you!!!!!

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  36. njovanelly says:

    This was a huge find. Thanks!

  37. John Guilbert says:

    Fixed my Issue. Thanks.

  38. Anjan Nath says:

    Thanks a lot!

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