Keeping Windows up to date is one of the key practices to keep the PC free from any kind of incompatibility issues and other vulnerabilities. New updates also come with security patches that are essential to staying secure from a variety of threats and viruses.
But sometimes Windows encounters errors the users become unable to install the available update. One of the most common update errors is the 0x80070003 error. Users on Windows 10 had reported having this error while updating and now the newly launched Windows 11 is providing the same experience to the users.
If you are also encountering the 0x80070003 Windows 11 update error then this fixing guide is for you.
In this fixing guide, I am going to share different ways to fix the 0x80070003 update error that you can apply on Windows 11 or even on Windows 10. So, let’s not waste any more time.
Fix 0x80070003 Update Error in Windows 10 and 11
The ways to perform the fixes in Windows 10 and 11 are slightly different and for the sake of convenience, I am going to demonstrate the fixing tutorials for Windows 11. The steps under various fixes are going to be mostly the same for both versions of Windows.
Fix 1: Retry the Update
The primary thing to do is to retry downloading and installing the update that is showing the 0x80070003 update error. To do so, simply click on the Retry button next to the update. Clicking the Retry button will restart the download of the update. Once the download is complete, it will automatically get installed.
The 0x80070003 update error can be due to some network glitches or instability in the internet connection and retying the update with a stable connection will definitely help you. If Retrying the update works for you then it is well and good, but if not, then head over to the next fix.
Fix 2: Download the Servicing Stack Update Manually
The Servicing Stack Update or the SSU is an essential thing to have on your PC in order to successfully install the pending update. If you are not able to download the update from the settings app then I would advise you to download it manually on your Windows PC.
- Press Win+I on the Keyboard to open Windows Settings.
- Go to System and then About.
- Scroll down and note down the System type that is mention there for your PC.
- Now, head over to the official Microsoft Update Catalog page and search for the update that was causing the error.
- From the search result, select the appropriate update as per your system type and click on the Download button.
- Once downloaded, install the update as per the on-screen instructions and restart the PC.
This should eliminate the download error the update has been manually installed and there is no pending update to be installed.
Fix 3: Run Windows Update Troubleshooter
Windows comes with a number of built-in troubleshooters and these troubleshooters also include the Windows Update Troubleshooter. You run the troubleshooter and find out any potential error that is causing the 0x80030007 update error on your PC.
- Open Settings ( press Win+I on the keyboard).
- Go to System > Troubleshoot > Other troubleshoots.
- Under the Most frequent section, click on the Run button of the Windows Update to run the windows update troubleshooter.
- The troubleshooting window will appear. Proceed as per the on-screen instructions.
- Click on Apply this fix of the troubleshooter suggests a resolution to any error found.
- Finally, close the troubleshooter and restart the PC.
Once the troubleshooting is done, try installing the update and see if the issue is fixed.
Fix 4: Check the Windows Update Services
In order to have a proper update installation, there are a couple of background services that come into play. So it is required to ensure that those services are working properly. To check the Windows Update Services:
- Search and open Services.
- In the Services widows, look for Windows Update and open it by double-clicking on the same.
- Set the Startup type to Automatic and click on Apply.
- Now, click on Stop and then Start to restart the Windows Update Services.
- Now, switch to the Log On tab, select Local System account and make sure the Allow services to interact with desktop option is uncheck.
- Do the same for Background Intelligent Transfer Service, Event Log, and Remote Procedure Call (RPC) services.
Once the PC is booted head over to the Windows Update and check if you’re able to update the system.
Fix 5: Replacing Spupdsvc.exe with Spupdsvc.old
Spupdsvc.exe is an executable file from Microsoft and is a part of the RunOnce service. Whenever a new patch is available, another service is notified for this and the system adds a RunOnce entry to the registry for Spupdsvc.exe. This is down to performing the necessary updates to your PC and the process is executed upon the system restart. If the system encounters anything unusual with the Spupdsvc.exe, the 0x80030007 update may appear. In such a case, replacing the Spupdsvc.exe with the Spupdsvc.old can solve the problem. To do so:
- Open Command Prompt as administrator.
- Execute the following command:
cmd /c ren %systemroot%\System32\Spupdsvc.exe Spupdsvc.old
- Finally, restart the PC.
Note: If the result of the above command comes out to be “The system cannot find the file specified” then the Spupdsvc.exe is not available on your PC and you should head over to the next fix.
Fix 6: Empty the SoftwareDistribution folder and reset the Catroot2 folder
Windows places all the update files in the folder named SoftwareDistribution. usually, windows automatically delete all the files after the installation but if there are partially downloaded files in this folder you can try clearing the SoftwareDidtribution folder. Here’s how to do this properly.
- Open Command Prompt as administrator.
- Execute the following commands to stop and start the Windows Update services:
net stop wuauserv
net stop cryptSvc
net stop bits
net stop msiserver
- Now, navigate to C:/Windows/SoftwareDistribution folder and manually delete all the files from, the folder.
- Again head over to Command Propmt and execute the following commands:
net start wuauserv
net start cryptSvc
net start bits
net start msiserver
- Now, exit Command Prompt and restart the PC.
Fix 7: Run a System File Checker Scan
You can also try running a System File Checker scan can work in fixing the issue. It is a built-in command-line utility that is capable of finding and replacing bad and corrupted system files with fresh ones. Here’s how to run the SFC command.
- Search and run the Command Prompt as administrator.
- Once, on the Command Prompt windows, execute the
- Restart the PC to start scanning.
- This will start the scanning of the system for any bar or corrupted file and will according to display the following result:
- Windows Resource Protection did not find any integrity violations.
- Windows Resource Protection found corrupt files and successfully repaired them.
- Windows Resource Protection found corrupt files but was unable to fix some of them.
Fix 8: Clean Boot Windows
A clean boot to windows allows the OS to boot with just the basic programs and services, leading to a clean environment without any conflicting third-party apps. To clean boot your Windows:
- Press Win+R, type-in msconfig and click OK.
- Under the General tab, select the Selective startup option and uncheck the load startup items option.
- Switch to the Services tab and click on Disable all.
- Now, switch to the Startup tab and click on Open Task Manager.
- You will land under the Startup tab of Task Manager. Right-click on each of the processes and disable them.
- Close the Task Manager and click OK on the System Configuration window.
- Finally, restart the PC to perform the clean boot.
Here comes the end of this fixing guide and I am hoping that This fixing guide was successful in fixing the 0x80030007 update error in your Windows 11 or 10 PC. Most of the time, this issue occurs due to network issues or due to conflicts b/w the files in the SoftwareDistribution folder. However, there can be some other issues as well. Be it for any reason, I have compiled a list of fixes so that there are high chances to get rid of the issue.
If you have any questions or suggestions regarding this fixing guide please let me know in the comments below. Also, if you have some additional fixes to the 0x80030007 update issue then please mention them in the comments below so that the other iExplainers readers can also get aware of that.
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