How to Fix Windows Update Error 0x8007001E

Some users have been searching for solutions after getting Windows Update installation fails with the 0x8007001E error code. This particular error code is also linked to random BSOD crashes.

The hex code of the error refers to a storage space error or out of memory-type error. However, most of the time, the cause of the issue has nothing to do with space or memory shortage.

Reasons for Windows Update Error 0x8007001E

After investigating this particular error code and looking at various user reports, we created a list with potential culprits that are most likely causing the error:

  • The system is short of storage space on the OS drive – This error will occur if Windows doesn’t have enough space to install the update (or upgrade).
  • A broken software component is causing the false positive – Corrupted system files can also create false positives that will trick your OS intro throwing the 0x8007001E error code.

How to fix the Windows Update 0x8007001E error

If you’re currently trying to resolve the same error, this article will provide you with a list of troubleshooting strategies. Below you have a collection of methods that other users in a similar situation as you have used to get the issue resolved.

For the best results, make sure to start with the first method and work your way down until you encounter a repair strategy that is effective in solving the problem for your particular scenario. Let’s begin!

Method 1: Freeing up space on the OS drive

Let’s start things off by addressing the things signaled in the hex code of the error.  The 0x8007001E error is signaling that the operation could not complete due to storage or memory problems.

To make sure that’s not the issue, free up storage space on the Windows drive (15 GB is more than enough). and restart your computer. At the next startup, make sure that you close all the major RAM hoggers before attempting to install the update or perform the upgrade again.

If you still encounter the 0x8007001E error, move down to the next method below.

Method 2: Running the Windows Update troubleshooter

If the issue is caused by a defected component of WU (Windows Update), the built-in Windows Update troubleshooter might resolve the issue automatically. This utility is equipped to scan the WU component for any inconsistencies and apply various repair strategies meant to resolve the problem.

Here’s a quick guide on using the Windows Update troubleshooter to resolve the 0x8007001E error:

  1. Press Windows key + R to open up a Run box. Next, type “ms-settings:troubleshoot” and press Enter to open up the Troubleshoot screen of the Settings app.
  2. Inside the Troubleshoot screen, click on Windows Update (under Get up and running) and then click on Run the troubleshooter.
  3. Wait until the initial scan is complete. If a problem is found, click on Apply this fix to enforce the recommended repair strategy. Then, follow the on-screen prompts to apply the repair fix.
  4. Once the repairs are complete, close the Windows Update troubleshooter and reboot your computer to see if you manage to resolve the error.

If you’re still encountering the 0x8007001e while trying to install a Windows update, continue down with the next method below.

Method 3: Running SFC and DISM scans

If the methods above have proven to be ineffective, let’s try to resolve the issue by making sure we deal with any system file corruption that might be triggering the 0x8007001E error. The easiest way to do this is to perform a series of utility scans (SFC and DISM) via an elevated Command Prompt.

Please follow the steps below to make sure that the error is not being caused by any system file inconsistency:

  1. Press Windows key + R to open up a Run box. Then, type “cmd” and press Ctrl + Shift + Enter to open up an elevated Command Prompt. When prompted by the UAC (User Account Control), click on Yes to open the utility with administrator privileges.
  2. Inside the elevated Command Prompt, type the following command and press Enter to trigger an SFC scan:
    sfc /scannow

    Note: This scan will look for any underlying system file corruption and replace any bad files with locally stored copies.

  3. Once the first scan is complete, reboot your computer and see if the issue is fixed at the next startup. If you’re still encountering the same issue, use Step 1 to re-open an elevated Command Prompt and type the following command:
    dism /online /cleanup-image /restorehealth

    Note: This scan will look for system file corruption and replace any inconsistent files with fresh copies downloaded using WU (Windows Update). Because of this, you will need a stable internet connection.

  4. At the end of the DISM scan, reboot your computer and see if the issue is resolved at the next startup.

If you’re still seeing the same error code, move down to the next method below.

Method 4: Using a system restore point

If none of the methods above have been successful, let’s try performing a system restore. Using a previous system restore will revert your machine to a previous point. If you use the System Restore wizard to restore your system to a point where this error was not occurring, you will be able to resolve the issue.

Here’s a quick guide on using a system restore point that is dated back prior to the apparition of this issue:

  1.  Press Windows key + R to open up a Run box. Then, type “rstrui” and hit Enter to open up the System Restore wizard.
  2. In the first screen, click Next, then make sure to check the box associated with Show more restore points before clicking Next again.
  3. Select a restore point that is dated prior to when you first started seeing the 0x8007001E error and press the Next button again.
  4. Click on Finish and then confirm by clicking on Yes to start the System Restore process. At the next startup, your machine state will be reverted to a previous date to where the error was not occuring.
Kevin Arrows
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