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How do you fix common Windows Update error codes?

Alton Alexander
By Alton AlexanderUpdated on June 4th, 2022

Windows Update error codes are common error codes that occur when there is a problem with the Windows Update process. There can be many reasons why this error code occurs, but typically it is because the Windows Update process is unable to connect to the Microsoft servers, or because the servers are unavailable. This error code can also occur if there is a problem with the Windows Update files on your computer.

1. Restart your computer and try again

  1. Restart your computer.
  2. If you are using Windows 10, try to restart your computer in "Safe Mode with Networking"
  3. If you are using Windows 8 or 8.1, try to restart your computer in "Safe Mode with Command Prompt"
  4. If you are using Windows 7, try to restart your computer in "Safe Mode with Boot Manager"
  5. Try to install the latest Windows Update.
  6. If you are still experiencing problems, you can try to Repair Windows Update.
  7. If you are still experiencing problems, you can try to roll back your Windows Update.

2. Check your internet connection and try again

  1. Open the "Start" menu.
  2. Select "Control Panel."
  3. Select "Network and Internet."
  4. Under "Network and Internet Connections," right-click your network connection and select "Properties."
  5. On the "General" tab, select "Check Internet Connection."
  6. If you are connected to the internet, Windows will attempt to automatically update your software. If the update fails, Windows will provide you with an error code.
  7. If you are not connected to the internet, Windows will attempt to automatically update your software. If the update fails, Windows will provide you with an error code.
  8. If you are not connected to the internet, you can manually update your software by following the steps below.
  9. Click "Start," type "cmd" in the search box, and press "Enter."
  10. In the "Command Prompt" window, type "cd" and press "Enter."
  11. Type "wuauclt.exe /detectnow" and press "Enter."
  12. If the update fails, Windows will provide you with an error code.

3. Make sure your computer has enough space to download and install updates

To ensure your computer has enough space to install updates, follow these steps:

  1. Open the Windows Update utility by searching for "Windows Update" in the Start menu or by clicking on the "Windows Update" icon on the desktop.
  2. If you are prompted to do so, click on the "Check for updates" button.
  3. If you are prompted to do so, click on the "Install updates" button.
  4. You may be prompted to save the installation files to a location on your computer. If so, click on the "Save" button and save the installation files to a location on your computer.
  5. Once the installation files have been saved, click on the "Install updates" button.
  6. The updates will be installed and the "Windows Update" utility will be closed.

4. Run the Windows Update troubleshooter

To run the Windows Update troubleshooter:

  1. Open the Windows Update icon in the system tray.
  2. Click on Troubleshoot.
  3. On the Troubleshoot screen, click on Windows Update.
  4. On the Windows Update screen, select the check box for the update that you want to troubleshoot.
  5. Click on the Next button.
  6. On the next screen, click on the Advanced Troubleshoot button.
  7. On the Advanced Troubleshoot screen, click on the Windows Update Troubleshooter.
  8. On the Windows Update Troubleshooter screen, click on the Next button.
  9. On the next screen, click on the Repair Your Computer button.
  10. On the Repair Your Computer screen, click on the Next button.
  11. On the next screen, click on the Select Update from a list button.
  12. On the Select Update from a list screen, select the update that you want to fix.
  13. Click on the Next button.
  14. On the next screen, click on the Repair Your Computer button.
  15. On the Repair Your Computer screen, click on the Finish button.

If the answers above didn't work then you should also try:

  1. Reset the Windows Update Components.
  2. Delete the SoftwareDistribution folder.
  3. Check your proxy settings.
  4. Disable your antivirus software temporarily.
  5. Use the System File Checker tool to repair Windows files.
  6. Reinstall Windows 10.