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How to fix the error 0x800701e3?

Alton Alexander
By Alton AlexanderUpdated on June 4th, 2022

The 0x800701e3 error code indicates that a file could not be deleted because it is in use by another process. This can happen if the file is open in another program or if it is being used by the operating system.

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1. Restart your computer and try again

  1. Restart your computer.
  2. Select "Start" and then "Power Options."
  3. Choose "Restart" from the "Shutdown" menu.
  4. Select "Yes" to restart your computer.
  5. After your computer restarts, choose "Start" and then "All Programs."
  6. Click on "Windows Update."
  7. Click on "Check for updates."
  8. If there are any updates, click on "Install updates."
  9. After the updates are installed, click on "Restart."
  10. Choose "Yes" to restart your computer.
  11. After your computer restarts, choose "Start" and then "Windows."
  12. Choose "Repair your computer."
  13. Choose "Restart your computer."
  14. Choose "Yes" to restart your computer.
  15. After your computer restarts, choose "Start" and then "Windows Update."
  16. Click on "Check for updates."
  17. If there are any updates, click on "Install updates."
  18. After the updates are installed, click on "Restart."
  19. Choose "Yes" to restart your computer.
  20. After your computer restarts, choose "Start" and then "Windows."
  21. Choose "Repair your computer."
  22. Choose "Restart your computer."
  23. Choose "Yes" to restart your computer.
  24. After your computer restarts, choose "Start" and then "Windows Update."
  25. Click on "Check for updates."
  26. If there are any updates, click on "Install updates."
  27. After the updates are installed, click on "Restart."
  28. Choose "Yes" to restart your computer.

2. Check for updates and install any available updates

  1. Open the Windows Update settings by clicking on the Start button and typing "wusa" into the search bar.
  2. On the General tab, under "Updates," click on the Check for updates button.
  3. When the Windows Update window opens, under "Available updates," click on the View available updates button.
  4. On the Available updates tab, under "Updates," select the Update type that you want to check for updates.
  5. On the Search for updates button, type in the KB number that corresponds to the update that you are looking for.
  6. On the list of updates that are available, select the update that you want to install.
  7. On the Update details tab, click on the Download and install button.
  8. When the Update installation window opens, click on the Next button.
  9. On the Confirm installation of updates window, click on the Install updates button.
  10. When the updates have been installed, click on the Finish button.

3. Run the Windows 10 Update Troubleshooter

  1. Open the Windows 10 Update Troubleshooter by clicking on the Start button, clicking on Settings, clicking on Update and recovery, clicking on Troubleshoot, and then clicking on the Update Troubleshooter button.
  2. On the first screen, click on the first option, which is to Troubleshoot Update and security issues.
  3. On the next screen, click on the first option, which is to Troubleshoot and repair problems.
  4. On the next screen, click on the first option, which is to Check for updates.
  5. On the next screen, click on the first option, which is to Search for updates.
  6. On the next screen, click on the first option, which is to Get started.
  7. On the next screen, click on the first option, which is to Run the Windows 10 Update Troubleshooter.
  8. On the next screen, click on the first option, which is to Fix the problem.
  9. On the next screen, click on the first option, which is to Finish the troubleshooting.

If you didn't find success with an option above, then try:

  1. Try resetting the Windows Update Components.
  2. Delete the SoftwareDistribution folder.
  3. Try using the Media Creation Tool.
  4. Perform a clean boot.
  5. Contact Microsoft support.