Solved: Windows 10 Update Error 0x80070002 and 0x80070003 (Updated 2023)

Apply solutions listed here to fix Windows update download and installation problems on Windows 10

Getting Windows 10 Update Error 0x80070002 while checking or installing the latest updates on Windows 10 2022 Update? Or you may notice sometimes windows stuck at checking for updates at a specific point and failed to install with Different error codes such as 0x80073712, 0x800705B4, 0x80004005, 0x8024402F, 0x80070002, 0x80070643, 0x80070003, 0x8024200B, 0x80070422, 0x80070020. There are multiple reasons that can cause windows updates to fail to install but the most common is the Corrupted update Database.

And the Best effective solution (personally I found) to fix most of windows update related problems is to delete the downloaded update, download it all over again, and then attempt to install it.

There are two ways to do this:

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Manually whereby you delete the update files, and automatically via the Windows Update Troubleshooter app from Microsoft. Let’s see how to perform these Actions.

Windows Update Error 0x80070002

Before resetting the Windows update database (Delete the downloaded update and redownload and reinstall them) Here are some basic solutions you must apply and check it should be helpful.

First of all check, you have a good and stable internet connection to download windows updates from Microsoft Server. And have sufficient Free space on your system installed drive ( C: Drive ) to store and install the windows updates.

Check and correct your System Date & Time, Region from Settings -> Time & Language -> Here correct your Date & Time settings and move to Region & language here check its set to the united states and the language is set to English ( united states ) As default.

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Disable Any Security Software (Antivirus) and disconnect VPN if configured.

Boot windows into clean boot state, And check for the latest updates from Settings -> update & security -> windows update -> check for updates. This will fix the issue if any third party prevents windows updates to download and install.

Also, open Command Prompt As an administrator and Run Dism CommandDISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth ” It might take several minutes for the command operation to be completed.

After complete 100% scanning process type the command, sfc /scannow and hit the enter key to scan and restore corrupted system files. Wait until 100% to complete the process after that restart windows and check for the latest updates on the next start.

Run Windows Update Troubleshooter

If applying the above solutions didn’t fix the problem and windows still fails to install the latest updates with Error 0x80070002 or 0x80070003. Let’s come to the Advanced troubleshooting part. Microsoft has a Windows update troubleshooter, Running this tool check And fix almost every window update related problem.

You Can Run The Windows update troubleshooter from Settings (Windows + I), Update & Security. Click on Troubleshoot, Select Windows update and Run the troubleshooter As shown image below.

Windows update troubleshooter

The troubleshooter will run and attempt to identify if any problems exist which prevent your computer from downloading and installing Windows Updates. Wait until complete the Troubleshooting process After that restart windows and check for the latest updates.

Reset Windows Update Components

Most of the time running Windows update troubleshooter resolve and fix update related problems. But for you, if it’s still causing errors while checking and installing windows updates then Try to reset windows update components and manually delete buggy corrupted windows update files. Where windows download and install fresh update files from the Microsoft server.

  • First Of all Press Windows + R, type services.msc and click ok to open windows services.
  • look for a service named windows update, Right-click on it and select Stop.
  • Do the same procedure for services named Background Intelligent Transfer Service (BITS) and Superfetch.
  • After stopping these services minimize the Current window.
  • Now open C:\WINDOWS\SoftwareDistribution\Download.
  • Here delete everything in the Download folder.

(Don’t worry about these files, these are windows update cache files, And next time when you check for updates windows download these files).

Clear Windows Update Files

Next, return to the Services window, and start the Windows Update service and its related services which you stopped previously. That’s all you have successfully reset windows update components. Now open the Settings app, select the Update & Security click on the Windows Update tab and check for new updates. Download and install any new updates that are available.

Install Windows Update manually

If all the above solutions fail to fix the problem, still windows updates stuck downloading or fail to install then let’s install windows updates manually. Visit the Windows 10 update history webpage where you can notice the logs of all the previous Windows updates that have been released.

For the most recently released update, note down the KB number.

Now use the Windows Update Catalog Website to search for the update specified by the KB number you noted down. Download the update depending on if your machine is 32-bit = x86 or 64-bit=x64.

You Can get the offline download link for these updates from here.

Open the downloaded file in order to install the update.

That’s all after installing the updates simply restart the computer to apply the changes. Also If you are getting Windows Update stuck while the upgrade process simply use the official media creation tool to upgrade to windows 10 version 22H2 without any error or problem.

Did applying these solutions fix windows update problems? let us know which option worked for you. Also, Read

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