Well this is embarrassing: How to fix error 0x80070002 on Windows 10

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Ever got an error message that says: error 0x80070002 ‘Well this is embarrassing, we can’t find the app’ on your computer? Let’s quickly see why this error occurs and how to fix it now!

Error 0x80070002 is usually caused either by:

  • Corrupt apps
  • Issues with Windows updates – some files are missing despite the update having been downloaded and extracted properly. You may notice a red X sign next to the failed Windows Update.

Quick steps you need to take to fix error 0x80070002

1. Stop Windows Update Service

In order to do this, you need administrator privileges. If you already have this, log on then do the following:

  • Right-click Start
  • Select Control Panel
  • Type Administrative Tools in the search box of the Control panel box
  • Click Services
  • Insert password or give permissions if prompted to do so
  • Click the Name column heading
  • Sort names in reverse order
  • Find Windows Update service
  • Right click on it
  • Click Stop

2. Delete temporary update files in Software Distribution folder

  • Open File Explorer
  • Open drive C where Windows is installed
  • Click on the Windows folder
  • Open Software Distribution folder
  • Click the DataStore folder to open it
  • Delete everything in the DataStore folder
  • Insert password or give permissions if prompted to do so
  • Click Back
  • In the Software Distribution folder, click Download folder to open it then delete all its contents
  • Insert password or give permissions if prompted to do so

3. Restart Windows Update service

This step also requires admin privileges, so log in if you have this, then do the following:

  • Right-click Start
  • Select Control Panel
  • Type Administrative Tools in the search box of the Control panel box
  • Click Services
  • Insert password or give permissions if prompted to do so
  • Click the Name column heading
  • Sort names in reverse order
  • Find Windows Update service
  • Right click on it
  • Click Start
  • Close Services window and Administrative Tools window

4. Check the updates installed on the computer

When you delete temporary update files, it helps solve error 0x80070002 problem but also deletes history in Windows Update.

However, you can still view the updates installed on your computer.

Here’s how to do this:

  • Right-click Start
  • Select Control Panel
  • Click Programs
  • Under Programs and Features, click View Installed Updates

5. Use DISM or System Update Readiness Tool

If the error 0x80070002 issue persists even after performing steps 1-4 above, use the DISM tool, or Deployment Image Servicing and Management tool.

You can also use the System Update Readiness tool to fix Windows Update corruption errors.

Now, if the quick solutions listed above didn’t fix the problem, proceed with the following methods.

How to fix error 0x80070002 in Windows

Here is a video tutorial to guide you through some of the solutions to fix error 0x80070002 in Windows. We recommend you to also read through the full guide with all the solutions below.

1. Run the App Troubleshooter

  • Right-click Start
  • Select Control Panel
  • Go to the top right corner and change View by option to Large icons
  • Click Troubleshooting
  • Click on View all option on the left panel
  • Select Windows store Apps

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  • Follow the instructions to run the app troubleshooter

RELATED: Fix: Windows Troubleshooter Has Stopped Working


2. Perform a clean boot

Performing a clean boot for your computer reduces conflicts related to software that can bring up the root causes of the slow game loads issue.

These conflicts can be caused by applications and services that start up and run in the background whenever you start Windows normally.

How to perform a clean boot

In order to successfully perform a clean boot on Windows 10, you have to be logged on as the administrator, then follow these steps:

  • Go to the search box
  • Type msconfig
  • Select System Configuration
  • Find Services tab
  • Select Hide all Microsoft services box
  • Click Disable all

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  • Go to Startup tab
  • Click Open Task Manager
  • Close Task manager then click Ok
  • Reboot your computer

You will have a clean boot environment after all these steps are carefully followed, after which you can try and check if error 0x80070002 is still there.

Related: How to add Safe Mode to the Boot menu in Windows 10


3. Temporarily disable your antivirus security software

You can uninstall third-party software on your computers such as computer cleaner or antivirus.

Note: for antivirus, temporarily disable it because you need it to prevent your computer from security threats. Immediately after you’re done fixing the error 0x80070002, re-enable your antivirus.

ALSO READ: Here are the Best Antivirus Programs for Windows 10 According to Tests


4. Disable proxy connection

In case you use proxy connections, here’s how to disable one:

  • Launch Internet Explorer
  • Go to the top right corner and click on the Gearbox
  • Click Tools
  • Click Internet Options
  • Click Connections
  • Click LAN settings then uncheck or deselect the Use a proxy server for your LAN box
  • Click Ok/Press Enter

Related: FIX: Internet Explorer 11 has Proxy Problems After Update


5. Sign in with Local Account

  • Click Start
  • Select Settings
  • Click on Accounts
  • Click Sign in with local account instead
  • Follow the wizard instructions
  • Log in again
  • Try using the store to download an app

Hope this works to fix error 0x80070002 on your computer, as most users say this fixed the chop for them.


6. Run SFC (System File Checker) Scan

The SFC scan will help when the problem is caused by a corrupted .dll file.

Here’s how to fix it:

  • Press Windows + X keys at the same time
  • Click Command Prompt (Admin) to open a command prompt
  • If prompted for permissions, click Yes
  • In Command prompt, type sfc/scannow

sfc scannow

  • Press Enter

We hope the five quicksteps or the other six solutions worked for you to fix the error 0x80070002 on your computer. Let us know in the comments section.

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Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in October 2017 and has been updated for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness, including a relevant video tutorial for the issue.

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