0x80070003 error code during Windows update

windows update error code 0x80070003

The Windows Update error code 0x80070003 is one of the most common Windows Update error messages . We reported a similar Windows Update error with the designation 0x80070002 some time ago and want to fix the error today


go into more detail. Below you can see the original error message for an English Windows 10 system.


Solution for Windows Update error 0x80070003

First you should stop the Windows Update service. You can do this by stopping the “Windows Update” service via ” serivces.msc ” or you can open an MS-DOS command prompt with administrator rights and enter the following command.

net stop wuauserv

Rename the SoftwareDistribution folder

Now you rename the folder ” SoftwareDistribution ” in the directory C: Windows “. As a result, Windows or Windows 10 in this case downloads all updates again and does not use any updates that have already been partially downloaded . This should have the consequence that the missing Windows updates are installed freshly and there should no longer be an update error 0x80070003 .

If there are problems with renaming the folder, you should restart your PC, stop the Windows Update service and try the renaming again.

Start the Windows Update service

Then the Windows Update service can be started again via the Windows service management “services.msc” or via the MSDOS prompt with the following command.

net start wuauserv

Now you should be able to reinstall your missing Windows updates without the error message 0x80070003 appearing.

FixIt Tool 50202 from Microsoft

microsoft-fixit-tool-50202 Microsoft has also released a FixIt tool about numerous Windows Update bugs. You only need to download and run the free FixIT tool 50202 directly from Microsoft and then any existing errors will be eliminated, so that it should then work again with the installation of the Windows updates .

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