Error 0x80070003


Windows Update is a service that offers new patches, service packs, and security updates. Microsoft releases new updates on a routine basis. Things may go wrong and downloaded update components can corrupt. It results in Windows Update Error 0x80070003.

Download the Diagnostic

There are certain situations when missing entries in your registry and registry corruption causes this problem. Try running a registry scan to identify if there are any such issues.

  1. Click the button below to download and install the Diagnostic
  2. Perform a Registry scan and fix any problems detected.
  3. Restart your computer.

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Delete Downloaded Update Components

Before deleting the update components, you need to stop the corresponding service first.

  1. Press Windows Key + X.
  2. Select Run option.
  3. Type Services in the newly launched box.
  4. Click OK.
  5. Click the Name column head.
  6. Scroll down to the Windows Update.
  7. Right-click it, select Properties option.
  8. Set the Startup Type: Automatic (Delayed Start)
  9. Click Stop, and then Apply | OK.
  10. Click File Explorer icon on your Taskbar.
  11. Open the following directory:
    • C:\Windows\SoftwareDistribution\Download
  12. Delete all the folder contents.
  13. Restart your computer for the changes to take effects.

Sync Computer Date-Time with Internet Server

Force Windows to adjust your computer’s date-time with that of the Windows servers.

  1. Press Windows Key + X.
  2. Select Control Panel.
  3. Click Clock, Language and Region icon.
  4. Click Date and Time icon.
  5. Click the Internet Time tab.
  6. Click Change Settings.
  7. Check-up the box Synchronize with an Internet time server.
  8. Type in the Server field.
  9. Click Update Now.
  10. Click OK | OK.

Change Proxy Configs

Incorrect proxy settings are known for causing error 0x80070003. The following command is used to configure your computer’s proxy settings.

  1. Type CMD in the Search Box on your Taskbar.
  2. Right-click Command Prompt and select Run as administrator.
  3. Enter the following command:
    • netsh winhttp import proxy source=ie
  4. Press ENTER.
  5. Reboot your system after executing the command.

Use Troubleshooter

The Troubleshooting feature in Windows diagnoses many computing errors. It fixes the technical glitch that causes an update to stuck.

  1. Type Troubleshoot in the Search Box on your Taskbar.
  2. Click Find and fix problems.
  3. Click System and Security icon in the newly open Control Panel page.
  4. Click Windows Update.
  5. Click Next, follow the on-screen instructions.

Use System Restore If 0x80070003 Continues To Occur

System Restore is a Windows feature that can fix a certain set of software problems. Revert your operating system’s state to an earlier point in time.

  1. Right-click This PC icon on Desktop.
  2. Select Properties.
  3. Click Advanced system settings.
  4. Click System Protection tab.
  5. Click System Restore button.
  6. Select the Recommended restore or Choose a different restore point.
  7. Click Next.
  8. Follow the on-screen instructions.

Use the System File Checker

System File Checker is a utility that scans for missing, corrupted operating system components. It is a simple to run and a useful way of diagnosing many computer problems.

  1. Open the Command Prompt.
  2. Type the following command:
    • SFC /ScanNow
  3. Press ENTER.


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