Error 0x800F0923 blocks Windows 10 updates [FIX]

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If you’ve been trying to install the latest Windows 10 updates or upgrade to Windows 10 Creators Update, but you couldn’t complete the update process due to error 0x800F0923, this post may help you.

Error 0x800F0923 is one of the most frequent Windows 10 update errors. It occurs when either a driver or app isn’t compatible with the updates that users are trying to install. Oftentimes, the culprits are the graphics driver, an outdated hardware driver or an old program or security software.

Error 0x800F0923: How to fix it on Windows 10

Error 0x800F0923 can be quite problematic and prevent you from downloading new updates. Speaking of this error, here are some similar issues that users reported:

  • Windows Update error 0x800f0923 – This error usually occurs when trying to download Windows Updates. To fix the issue, simply reset Windows Update components and check if that helps.
  • 0x800f0923 Server 2012 – This issue can also affect Server 2012, and if you’re using it, be sure to try some of our solutions.
  • 0x800f0923 laptop – Many users reported this error on both laptops and desktop PCs. The simplest way to fix this error on any PC is to download and install the update manually, so be sure to try that.

Solution 1 – Use Microsoft’s update troubleshooter

According to users, sometimes you might be able to fix error 0x800F0923 simply by running Windows Update troubleshooter. As you might know, Windows 10 comes with various troubleshooters that can fix common problems automatically.

To run Windows Update troubleshooter, you just need to do the following:

  1. Open the Settings app by pressing Windows Key + I.
  2. Now navigate to the Update & Security section.
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  3. Select Troubleshoot from the menu on the left and click Windows Update in the right pane. Now click Run the troubleshooter button.
    Windows Update error 0x800f0923
  4. Follow the instructions on the screen to complete the troubleshooter.

Once the troubleshooter is finished, the issue should be completely resolved and Windows Update will start working again.

Solution 2 – Update your drivers

Several users reported that error 0x800F0923 was caused by their drivers. Sometimes outdated drivers can prevent you from downloading new updates, but you can fix the problem by updating the drivers manually. To update your drivers from Device Manager, do the following:

  1. Open Win + X menu by pressing Windows Key + X. Now choose Device Manager from the list.
  2. Expand the categories to find the name of your device > right-click it > select Update Driver. For graphics cards, expand the Display adapters category > right click your graphics card > select Update Driver.
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  3. Select Search automatically for updated driver software.
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  4. If Windows doesn’t find a new driver, look for one on the device manufacturer’s website and follow their instructions.

Be aware that permanent damage can be caused to your PC by installing the wrong driver version. Thus, we recommend you to download this driver updater tool (100% safe and tested by us) to do it automatically.

Disclaimer: some features of this tool are not free.

Solution 3 – Check your computer’s compatibility

If error 0x800F0923  is preventing you from upgrading your computer to Windows 10 Creators Update, make sure that your device is compatible with this OS version.

Here’s what you need to do:

  1. Check the Windows 10 Creators Update system requirements
  2. Go to your computer manufacturer’s website and check the list of devices supporting the Creators Update:
    1. Dell computers compatible with the CU
    2. HP computers compatible with the CU
    3. Toshiba computers compatible with the CU

Also, make sure that your antivirus supports the latest Windows 10 version.

Solution 4 – Temporarily disable your security software

A common cause of error 0x800F0923 might be your antivirus software. Third-party antivirus tools tend to interfere with your system, and that can sometimes lead to this error. However, you might be able to fix the problem simply by disabling certain antivirus features. If that doesn’t solve the problem, you can try temporarily disabling your antivirus and see if that helps.

In worst case scenario, you might have to remove your antivirus to fix the problem with Windows Update. Even if you remove your antivirus, Windows 10 comes with Windows Defender, so you don’t have to worry about your safety.

If removing the antivirus solves the issue, it might be a perfect time for you to consider switching to a different antivirus solution. There are many great antivirus applications on the market, but if you want a tool that will offer great protection without interfering with your system, we recommend you try Bitdefender.

Solution 5 – Remove SPTD driver

In some cases certain drivers can prevent you from downloading updates and give you error 0x800F0923. SPTD driver is a common cause of this problem, and in order to fix the issue, you need to remove this driver. You can do that by following these steps:

  1. Open Device Manager.
  2. Now locate SPTD driver on the list, right-click it and choose Uninstall device from the menu.
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  3. When the confirmation dialog appears, click Uninstall.
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After removing the driver, check if the problem is resolved.

Alternatively, you can disable this driver from Registry Editor. To do that, you just have to follow these steps:

  1. Press Windows Key + R and enter regedit. Now press Enter or click OK.
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  2. In the left pane, navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\System\CurrentControlSet\Services\Sptd key.
  3. In the right pane, double-click the Start DWORD.
  4. Change its value to 4 and click OK to save changes.

After doing that, check if the problem is still there.

You can also uninstall the driver simply by downloading and running SPTD Driver setup file. To do that, just download the setup file from SPTD’s website. When you start the setup file, select Uninstall option to remove the driver.

We have to mention that this driver is related to Alcohol 120% software, so if you’re using this tool or any other similar kind of software, be sure to remove this driver.


Solution 6 – Reset Windows Update components

In order to download Windows Updates, Windows Update and other related services need to work properly. If there’s an issue with one of these services, you’ll encounter error 0x800F0923 or other similar error. However, you can fix the issue by resetting Windows Update components. This is relatively simple, and you can do it by following these steps:

  1. Press Windows Key + X and choose Command Prompt (Admin) or Powershell (Admin) from the menu.
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  2. When Command Prompt opens, run the following commands:
  • net stop wuauserv
  • net stop cryptSvc
  • net stop bits
  • net stop msiserver
  • Ren C:\Windows\SoftwareDistribution SoftwareDistribution.old
  • Ren C:\Windows\System32\catroot2 Catroot2.old
  • net start wuauserv
  • net start cryptSvc
  • net start bits
  • net start msiserver

After the commands are executed, try to perform Windows Update again and check if the error reappears. If you don’t want to manually restart these services, you can always create a Windows Update reset script that will automatically reset all required services with just a single click.

Solution 7 – Manually install the update

If you can’t download updates due to error 0x800F0923, you might be able to circumvent this problem simply by downloading the updates manually. This isn’t as hard as you think, and you can do it by following these steps:

  1. First, you need to find the KB number of the update you’re trying to download. To do that, you need to open Windows Update and find the KB number of the problematic update or check the Windows Update History website.
  2. After you find the KB number, visit Microsoft’s Update Catalog website and search for the problematic update using the KB number.
  3. List of results will now appear. You should see updates for different architectures, so be sure to download the update that matches your system architecture.
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Once you download the update, install it and the issue should be resolved. Keep in mind that this solution won’t fix the core problem, so you might encounter this issue again when trying to download future updates.

Solution 8 – Perform an in-place upgrade

If other solutions can’t fix error 0x800F0923, you might have to perform an in-place upgrade. This is relatively simple to do, and you can perform it by following these steps:

  1. Download and run Media Creation Tool.
  2. Select Upgrade this PC now and click Next.
  3. Wait while the setup prepares the necessary files.
  4. Select Download and install updates (recommended) and click Next.
  5. Once the updates are downloaded, follow the instructions on the screen until you get to the Ready to install screen. Now click Change what to keep.
  6. Choose Keep personal files and apps. Now click Next.
  7. Follow the instructions on the screen to complete the setup.

Once the setup is finished, you’ll have the latest version of Windows 10 installed and the issue will be resolved.

Error 0x800F0923 can be problematic, but we hope you managed to solve it using one of our solutions.

Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in April 2017 and has been since completely revamped and updated for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.


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