Error 80070003


Does your computer run into a problem and keeps showing error 80070003 while installing updates? This error can be quite cryptic and frustrating. Follow this short solution to prevent the error from occurring.

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.

Estimated Download Time: 10 Seconds

Set Accurate Date-Time

Your computer may be switched to automatically synchronize date, time and timezone settings with Microsoft servers. Disable this feature and manually configure these settings.

  1. Click the Start button on Taskbar.
  2. Type Date and Time in the Search Box.
  3. Open it from the Search Results.
  4. It opens a new dialog. Click the Date and Time tab.
  5. Click Change Date and Time.
  6. Set the correct date, time and then click OK.
  7. Click Change time zone.
  8. Select the accurate time zone, click OK | OK.

Turn Off Third Party Services

Some third party services are interfering and causing 80070003 error. Determine which services are causing an issue.

  1. Type Services.msc in the Search Box on your Taskbar.
  2. Scroll down the window. Right-click Windows Update, select Properties.
  3. Set the Startup Type drop-down box to Disabled.
  4. Click Stop.
  5. Finally, click Apply | OK.
  6. Click the File Explorer icon on Taskbar.
  7. Open the following directory:
    • C:\Windows\SoftwareDistribution
  8. Delete the contents of this sub-folder.

Update Windows

Windows Update, a service offered by Microsoft typically downloads and installs critical updates automatically. If you’re unable to download updates due to error 80070003, you might want to try the following command-line.

  1. Press Windows Key + X.
  2. Select Command Prompt (Admin).
  3. Execute the following command:
  • wuauclt.exe /detectnow /updatenow

Use Troubleshooter To Fix Error 80070003

Troubleshooting is the process of identifying and diagnosing known issues with the Windows operating system software. Repair any problems preventing your computer from running properly.

  1. Press Windows Key + X.
  2. Select Control Panel.
  3. Type All Control Panel Items in the Location Bar.
  4. Click the Troubleshooting icon.
  5. Click Fix problems with Windows Update under the System and Security category.
  6. Click Next.

Use System Restore

System Restore is a Windows feature that repairs certain types of computer problems. It uses a previously created restore point to roll back any changes made to your operating system and applications.

  1. Right-click This PC.
  2. Select Properties.
  3. Click Advanced system settings.
  4. Click System Protection.
  5. Click System Restore.
  6. Click Next.
  7. Select a restore point from the list box.
  8. Click Next.
  9. Follow the on-screen instructions.

Disable Third Party Startups

Clean Startup is a boot method that disables every Non-Microsoft log-in item. It eliminates optional features that are interfering with the normal working of your computer.

  1. Press Windows Key + R.
  2. Type MSConfig and click OK.
  3. Click the Startup tab.
  4. Click Open Task Manager.
  5. It opens a new dialog with Startup tab.
  6. Right-click a startup item, select Disable. One by one disable all the startup items.

Disable Proxy Feature

The Proxy feature uses an intermediary server for client requests seeking resources. Turn off this feature using Command Prompt, an interpreter.

  1. Open the Command Prompt.
  2. Execute the following command:
    • netsh winhttp import proxy source=ie
  3. Press ENTER.
  4. Turn off the Proxy feature.
  5. Reboot your PC.


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