Windows Update error code 13ec

What is Windows Update error code 13ec?

Windows Update error code 13ec is an error that may occur during program installation, while a Microsoft-related program like .Net Framework is running. It may also occur during startup or shutdown, or during installation of the operating system. When it happens, the computer may freeze for a few seconds or respond slowly to mouse and keyboard input. The error may also crash the active program window.


How can you fix Windows Update error code 13ec?

Some of the common fixes include:

  • Downloading and installing the latest Microsoft .NET Framework
  • Resetting the Windows Update components manually
  • Increasing the hard disk drive space
  • Running Windowsupdate.diagca by Microsoft


Please see our in-depth walk-through solutions below.

Sheila Staff Asked on August 29, 2017 in Microsoft Windows.
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Solution 1. Download and install the latest Microsoft .NET Framework 

Windows update error code 13ec appeared due to a possibility that there is not Microsoft.NET Framework installed to your PC or it is outdated.  A Microsoft.NET Framework may also cause error code 13ec. Try to download and install the latest version of the Microsoft.NET Framework see if it fixes the error code 13ec.

  1. Download the latest Microsoft.NET Framework. Here is the download link
  2. Install the Microsoft.NET Framework.
  3. Restart the PC.

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  4. Update Windows again.

If you already have installed Microsoft .NET Framework but is out of date or is not running correctly, download and install.NET Framework Cleanup Tool using this link here.

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If the error code 13ec persists, log in as an administrator of the PC so changes on Windows will be implemented.

Gino Genesis Marasigan Staff Answered on September 1, 2017.
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Solution 2. Reset the Windows update components manually

Windows update error code 13ec may also be due to some Windows Update component that has encountered a problem, or the Windows Update service has stopped. You may want to reset the Windows Update components manually by deleting the SoftwareDistribution folder where Windows updates installer are stored. This will force Windows to redownload the installer.

Gino Genesis Marasigan Staff Answered on December 23, 2017.
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Solution 3. Increase Hard disk drive space

Windows update error code 13ec may also be caused by not having enough space on your Windows drive (Drive C:).  You may want to delete some unwanted files or empty your recycle bin, so the installation of  Microsoft.NET Framework and the download and install of Windows Update components could proceed.

Deleting temporary files using Disk Cleanup could also increase your free space. It could also fix the problem if it was caused by a bad cache. Watch the instruction below.

Gino Genesis Marasigan Staff Answered on January 15, 2018.
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Solution 4.  Run Windowsupdate.diagca by Microsoft 

If Windows update error code 13ec still persists, Microsoft Windows Update Troubleshooter might fix the problem. Run Windowsupdate.diagca by Microsoft to troubleshoot and fix the error, by following the instruction below.

  1. Download Windowsupdate.diagcab tool from Microsoft. Please see link
  2. Install and Run Windowsupdate.diagca by Microsoft.
  3. If all indicators are green, close the Windowsupdate.diagcab and run Windows Updates.

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Gino Genesis Marasigan Staff Answered on January 15, 2018.
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