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Fix: Windows Update Error Code 80070103

Microsoft is publishing updates for operating systems and applications, which are increasing productivity, reliability and security. So, when Microsoft is publishing updates? Microsoft is using term Patch Tuesday (Update Tuesday) which means that Microsoft releases updates every second or fourth Tuesday of each month. If you are not running Windows update, malware can infect and damage your operating system, software or data because security patches are not installed. We are recommending you to use legal Windows operating system and software, and to run automatically update to minimize problems with your computer.

Installing Windows Update is not complicated process, windows update is downloading proper updates to update your operating system. After Windows dowload files, next steps is to install them. If your Windows has issues or if malware infected your system, procedure of installing Windows update can be a nightmare, a lot of issues which are blocking Windows update. One of the issues is problem with upgrading Windows 7 to Windows 10, Error code 80070103. The same error code is common for Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 10. That means, that the same solutions can be helpful for all operating systems.

Make sure you check the “Update History” to find the conflicting driver/device.

 

There are few methods which can help you to solve this issue.

Method 1: Try Windows Update later

Sometimes communication between your computer and Microsoft server can be bad, and in that case you need to wait few hours and try update later. In case Windows update is not running good, you need to try next methods.

Method 2: Update driver manually through Windows update

Next step is to install driver manually through Windows update. You will need to access Device Manager and update your drivers. Windows will search your computer and the Internet for the latest driver software for your hardware device. Procedure is described in text below. For this method you need to use user account with Administrator privilege.

For Windows 7, Windows 8.x and Windows 10

  1. Hold Windows logo and press R
  2. Type devmgmt.msc and press Enter

  3. On the Device Manager window, expand the hardware device which has issue with updating driver
  4. Right click on hardware device and click Update Driver Software…

  5. Choose Search automatically for updated driver software

  6. After Windows finish updating driver, close the window
  7. Restart your Windows
  8. Try to run Windows Update

Method 3: Reinstall the driver

Updating your driver from local computer and Windows update did not solve issue and what we will do now? Do not worry, there is another method which can solve your problem. Because updating driver is not working, you need to uninstall your current driver. After you uninstall driver, you will need to visit the manufactured website to download the latest driver for your hardware device. For this method you need to use user account with Administrator privilege.

For Windows 7, Windows 8.x and Windows 10.

  1. Hold Windows logo and press R
  2. Type devmgmt.msc and press Enter

  3. On the Device Manager window, expand the hardware device which has issue with updating driver
  4. Right click on hardware device and click Uninstall

  5. In new window, select Delete the driver software for this device and click OK

  6. Restart your Windows
  7. Visit the manufactured website to download the latest driver
  8. Install the driver
  9. Restart your Windows
  10. Try to run Windows Update

Method 4: Reset Windows Update Components

One of the solution you need to try when your computer can not update Windows is to reset Windows Update components. For this method you need to use user account with Administrator privilege. In this method we will do it together, by doing steps below:

  1. Click Start menu and type CMD
  2. Right click on CMD and click Run as Administrator.
  3. Click Yes to allow accessing Command Prompt with administrator privilege
  4. Stop four services as following: BITS (Background Intelligent Transfer Service), Windows Update service, MSI Installer and the Cryptographic service. You need to type the following commands at a Command Prompt. Press ENTER key after you type each command.

net stop bits

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net stop wuauserv

net stop appidsvc

net stop cryptsvc

  1. Now you need to rename SoftwareDistribution and Catroot2 You can do it through Command prompt by typing following commands. Press ENTER key after you type each command.

ren C:\Windows\SoftwareDistribution SoftwareDistribution.old

ren C:\Windows\System32\catroot2 Catroot2.old


  1. Start four services you stopped in the beginning of this procedure. Three services are BITS (Background Intelligent Transfer Service), Windows Update service, MSI Installer and the Cryptographic service. At a command prompt, type the following commands (as seen in screen shot)
  2. Close Command Prompt
  3. Restart your Windows
  4. Try to run Windows Update

Method 5: Delete content from Windows Update folders and clean your system

There are two folders which are associated with the Windows 10 upgrade process. They are $WINDOWS.~BT and $WINDOWS.~WS. You need to delete content from these two folders. $WINDOWS.~BT and $WINDOWS.~WS are hidden and you need to show them through Folder options. After you delete these two folders you will need to delete content from folder Download, too. After we finished that, you will need to do system cleanup.

  1. Hold Windows logo and press E to open Windows Explorer
  2. Open your system partition. By default system is installed on partition Local Disk (C:)
  3. Press ALT and then click on Tools and choose Folder options

  4. Choose View tab
  5. Under Hidden files and folder choose Show hidden files, folders and drives
  6. Click Apply and then After this step you will see two hidden folders on system partition.
  7. Before you delete content from these folders, you need to take ownership of them. You need to right click on $WINDOWS.~BT and then click Properties
  8. Choose Security tab and then click Advanced

  9. Choose Owner tab and then click Edit
  10. In new window you need to click Other users or groups…
  11. Type the name of your user account and click Check Names

  12. Click OK
  13. Click Apply and then OK
  14. Click Apply and then OK
  15. Click OK
  16. Repeat the sam procedure for folder $WINDOWS.~WS. You need to do steps from 7 to 15.
  17. Delete content from folders $WINDOWS.~BT and $WINDOWS.~WS
  18. Open Download folder by accessing location C:\WINDOWS\SoftwareDistribution\Download. Delete all content from Download folder.
  19. Right click on system partition (Local disk C:\) and choose Properties
  20. Click Disk Cleanup
  21. Click Clean up system files
  22. Select all files to delete and confirm delete by clicking Delete files

  23. Restart your Windows
  24. Try to Run Windows update.

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