How to Fix Windows Update Error Code 0x8007041d

The Windows update download Error 0x8007041D commonly arises from stopped Windows Update services and interference from third-party antivirus software. While these are the leading causes, other factors, such as corruption in the Windows update file folders or incorrect date and time settings, can also trigger this error.

If you are encountering this issue, this article discusses the methods that can help you resolve the error message.

Before you jump to the methods, make sure the date and time of your system are set correctly. Also, check your internet speed, as it is a download error that can be caused by a weak internet connection.

1. Run the Windows Update Troubleshooter

The Windows Update Troubleshooter automatically detects problems and attempts to repair them. It is the easiest way to fix a Windows update error, as it performs common troubleshooting steps that might resolve the issue.

  1. Press the Win + I keys simultaneously to open the settings.
  2. Go to System from the left and scroll down to the Troubleshoot option.
  3. Click Other troubleshooters. Then, run the Windows Update Troubleshooter.
  4. Follow the on-screen instructions to run the Windows Update Troubleshooter. Once done, check if the issue is fixed.

2. Reset the Windows Update Component

Resetting the Windows Update component involves several steps. First, it stops the Windows Update services. Next, it clears the SoftwareDistribution and Catroot folders, which are responsible for storing Windows update files. Then, it fixes any registry issues related to the Windows update component.

Finally, it restarts the Windows Update services. This process can resolve Windows update errors caused by corruption or stopped services.

  1. Download the Windows update reset component bat file from the link.
  2. Once the bat file is downloaded, right-click on it and select Run as administrator.
  3. Once all the commands have been executed, the error should be resolved.

3. Disable the Third-Party Antivirus Software

Another factor that causes Windows update errors is interference from third-party antivirus software. If you use third-party antivirus software on your PC, please note that sometimes, antivirus software interferes with critical Windows processes and blocks them, resulting in several error messages. In this case, you should try disabling it temporarily to see if the problem persists.

  1. Right-click the Antivirus Icon from the system tray and hover over the option related to Manage.
  2. Select Disable permanently or Disable for 30 minutes.
  3. Check the Windows Update Download Error 0x8007041D. If it persists, move on to the next method.

Note: Ensure to enable the antivirus again if it’s not causing the issue.

4. Manually Download the Windows Update

If everything mentioned above fails to resolve the error message, you can try downloading the update manually. This is especially helpful when the Windows update utility fails to update Windows. Follow these steps to download the Windows update manually.

  1. Visit the Microsoft Catalog website and search for the update that the Windows update utility keeps failing to download.
  2. Click the Download button associated with the update according to your Windows version.
  3. Once done, double-click the update file to start the installation process.
  4. After installation, ensure your Windows is updated by restarting the system.

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