Error code 80070003 is an error that does not let you update in windows.

Although it’s perfectly normal to get frustrated at frequent windows updates, it’s highly recommended at the same time. 

Such updates help you resolve the general windows issue, protect your computer from malicious content and provide new features. But things get really frustrating when you run into errors like Error code 80070003.

Error code 80070003 halts the process and prevents your computer from updating. When the windows update reaches Preparing for install after successfully downloading the required files, a dialogue box that reads “ Some updates were not installed Code 80070003” Or “Windows 10 couldn’t be installed Code 80070003” shows up.



Error Code 80070003 happens when you try to install an update from any of Microsoft sources which include Windows Update website, Microsoft Update website, and Windows Server Update Services server. 

This error basically happens due to missing update files, corrupt system files, or an incorrect path.


Let’s look at what you can do to fix Error Code 80070003. As a precautionary method, it is recommended that you create a system restore point just in case something goes wrong during the troubleshooting. 

Once you’ve successfully done that, follow these steps:

Run Windows Update Troubleshoot

The most basic and simple fix to this problem is running the Windows Update Troubleshoot. So first, run the scan by following the steps mentioned below:

  • Press Windows + I at once  key to open the settings app.
  • Open Update & Security.
  • Click Troubleshoot on the left pane.
  • Click Windows Update and run the troubleshooter.
  • Follow the on-screen instructions to finish the troubleshooting.
  • Run the update again and see if the error is removed.

Stop the Automatic Updates

-Press Windows + R key to the open Run dialogue box.

– Type “services.msc” and then click OK.

-Right-click on Automatic Updates service and then tap on Stop.

-Minimize the Services snap-in.

Rename the SoftwareDistribution Directory

-Press Windows + R key to the open Run dialogue box.

– Type CMD and then click OK.

– Now type ren SoftwareDistribution SDTemp and then press Enter.

-Type exit and then press enter.

Now Start the Automatic Updates

– Maximize the services snap-in.

-Right-click on Automatic Updates service and then click Start.

-Close the Services snap-in window.

Run SFC scan

System File Checker scan helps you scan and mend damaged system files. Some sort of corrupted system file might have caused Error Code 80070003 so follow these steps to run an SFC scan:

-Right-click on the windows button and select command prompt (admin) to open the CMD window as an administrator.

-Type in “SFC/scannow” and press Enter.

-Let the verification reach 100%, it might take a while to finish.

-Once the scan is completed, restart your computer.

Use Get Help

Get Help is Microsoft’s contact support app that helps you with Microsoft-related issues. Search your computer and locate for Get Help and open it. 

When it asks for a description of the problem, type in “System won’t update“. A virtual technician will help you fix it. Follow their instruction carefully and the error will be fixed in no time.


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