Windows Update Error 0x80070020 [SOLVED]

Some Windows users have encountered the error 0x80070020 while trying to perform a Windows update. The update fails any time an attempt is made to install an update.

This issue usually occurs if a program is interfering with the automatic update process. For example, antivirus programs with real-time scanning can interfere with the automatic update process.

In this article, we’ll learn how to solve this problem by providing a couple of solutions appropriate for dealing with error code 0x80070020 in Windows 10 which includes resetting Windows Update components and running the Windows Update troubleshooter.

Method 1: Running the Windows Update Troubleshooter

The Windows Update troubleshooter is built-in diagnostic tool which help you identify any potential issues related to Windows Update on your PC.

  1. Press Windows + I to open Windows Settings.
  2. Navigate to Update and security > Troubleshoot, select Windows Update and finally Run the troubleshooter.
  3. Wait while the troubleshooter scans for issues with Windows Update and follow the prompts to fix the issue.
  4. Try running Windows Update again to confirm if the error 0x80070020 has been fixed.

Method 2: Resetting Windows Update Components

  1. Open an elevated command prompt by pressing the Start button, typing cmd and then opening as a administrator.
  2. In the elevated command prompt type the following commands to stop the following Windows Update related services. Press Enter after each command:net stop bits
    net stop wuauserv
    net stop msiserver
    net stop cryptsvc
  3. Rename the softwaredistribution folder backup copies. This can be done by entering the following commands:ren %systemroot%\SoftwareDistribution SoftwareDistribution.bak
    ren %systemroot%\system32\catroot2 catroot2.bak
  4. Restart the BITS, Cryptographic, MSI Installer and the Windows Update Services you stopped earlier using these commands:net start bits
    net start wuauserv
    net start msiserver
    net start cryptsvc
  5. Restart your PC and check if Windows Update stops producing the error when you try to update.
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Windows Update Error 0x80070020 [SOLVED]

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