Remove wrong message “An automated WordPress update has failed to complete”

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Have you ever gotten an warning message in your WordPress Dashboard saying “An automated WordPress update has failed to complete – please attempt the update again now.”

And then when you click the link to “attempt the update again”, it says that you already have the latest version of WordPress.

Or this message could have been a failed auto-update in which you then manually updated.   But then how to get rid of the erroneous message?

The wordpress codex writes …

“If you’re upgrading manually after a failed auto-upgrade, delete the file .maintenance from your WordPress directory using FTP. This will remove the “failed update” nag message.”

So there you go.  See if you have a .maintenance file in the WordPress root.  If so, delete it.  And refresh your admin.  The warning message should disappear.