Windows Update Error 0x80070020 {Solved}

Updating Windows is a very crucial habit to make your Windows work most efficiently however, it can be a real headache if number of different errors like error 0x80070020 pops up in the process.


0x80070020 Error occurs when some program interferes with the automatic update process or in some cases can be a result of antivirus programs that uses real-time scanning. There can also be a system file or disk errors triggering it.


Fix: Windows Update Error 0x80070020

Here we are providing some fixes for this Error 0x80070020 in Windows 10 which will keep your Windows updated.

Running the Windows Update Troubleshooter

Before jumping into the more complex solutions of fixing this error first try to use the built-in tool which is the Windows Update Trouble shooter. Windows contains some trouble shooters designed to automatically solve various computer problems. They cannot solve all the problems, but you should give priority to this before you jump into other methods. To start troubleshooting follow the given steps:

Step 1: Go to “Settings” by Pressing Windows + I

Step 2: Find “troubleshoot” option by typing it in the search menu and select “Troubleshoot” from the list.

Step 3: Then select the Windows Update and run the troubleshooter.

While it scans for issues follow all the instructions to resolve the issue. After the process, run the Windows Update again to see if the problem is fixed or not.

Solution 2: Reset Windows Update Components

When users face trouble using Windows Update frequently then it is advised to reset Windows Update settings to default. To do that –

Step 1: Press the search button on the taskbar and type cmd in it and select Command Prompt from it.

Step 2: Open it as an administrator and type the following commands in the elevated command prompt type. Press Enter after each command:

net stop bits

net stop wuauserv

net stop msiserver

net stop cryptsvc

These commands will stop the Windows related services.

If you are trying to resolve your Windows Update issues by this method it is advisable to skip this step.

Step 3: Now to reset the Windows Update components, you have to delete the qmgr*.dat files. For that type this command and press Enter:

Del "%ALLUSERSPROFILE%\Application Data\Microsoft\Network\Downloader\qmgr*.dat".

Step 4: Now we have to rename the Software Distribution and catroot2 folders, for that type the following commands and press Enter after typing each of them:

%systemroot%\SoftwareDistribution SoftwareDistribution.bak

ren %systemroot%\system32\catroot2 catroot2.bak

Step 5: After renaming the folders we need to restart the BITS, CryptographicMSI Installer and the Windows Update Services that we stopped earlier. For that, type the following commands and don’t forget to press Enter after typing each of them:

net start bits

net start wuauserv

net start msiserver

net start cryptsvc

Now Restart the Computer and try to Update to check if the problem is solved or not.

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We hope that these methods work efficiently for you and you are able to install Windows Updates without any trouble.