FIX: Error 0x80070002 in System Center 2012 Endpoint

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  • Microsoft System Center 2012 Endpoint Protection is a handy tool designed to shield your PC against malware attacks.
  • Microsoft's very own antivirus is a complex service and sometimes, errors may infiltrate as soon as the installation step. Such is the case with SCEP error 0x80070002.
  • Fortunately, we have the right fixes listed below so that you can safely get the Microsoft System Center 2012 Endpoint Protection on your PC. Moreover, we have you covered when it comes to many other install errors, so make sure to check out this section.
  • Windows 10 errors have also been dealt with. Feel free to help yourself with any information you might need by visiting our dedicated hub.
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Finding the right resources for keeping your network protected all the time might be a real challenge, especially when you have to secure several computers and notebooks from a certain group.

However, Microsoft might have the solution to your problem as it develops and provides an antimalware and antivirus complex service specially created for network groups: Microsoft System Center 2012 Endpoint Protection.

When System Center 2012 Endpoint Protection is installed and used along with the Configuration Manager you can be sure that your network and the devices connected are protected against malware attacks. Your only job is to properly install and set up the security software.

Even though the installation process should be the easiest part, some users reported problems while trying to complete the System Center 2012 Endpoint Protection (SCEP) installation wizard.

So, in this guide, we will try to fix the 0X80070002 error code that’s associated with this operation and which prompts you with the Cannot complete the system center endpoint installation message.

How can I fix Endpoint installer error 0x80070002 in Windows 10?

Right from the start, you have to know that this Microsoft security service can be installed only in certain conditions which include:

  • there shouldn’t be any other security feature installed on the computer where you want to complete the installation process
  • the original Windows (genuine) system must be running on your device
  • set the right permissions for the Microsoft System Center 2012 Endpoint Protection software.

So, here is how you can ensure all these conditions:

1) Uninstall additional antivirus and antimalware programs

The 0x80070002 error code might occur if there are other security programs running on your device. Now, uninstalling these programs through the System Center 2012 Endpoint Installer might not properly remove all the associated security files.

So, a manual uninstall is required; you can complete it by following:

  1. On your computer press the Win+R keyboard keys.
  2. In the Run box enter appwiz.cpl and press Enter in the end.appwizcpl
  3. The Programs and Features window will be displayed on your computer.
  4. Look for your antimalware and spyware programs and uninstall each entry one by one.
  5. Restart your Windows 10 system in the end.
  6. Retry the System Center 2012 Endpoint Protection installation process.

2) Allow permissions from Microsoft Client Manager

If you are currently initiating the install remotely, you need to set the right permissions first; otherwise, you will end up experiencing the 0x80070002 cannot complete the system center endpoint installation error log. So:

  1. Open the Configuration Manager service.
  2. Select Administration from the interface that will be displayed.
  3. Within Administration choose to expand the Overview entry.
  4. Also, expand Site Configuration and click on Sites.
  5. Select Configure Site Components and choose Software Distribution.
  6. Switch to Network Access Account.
  7. From here just add the user account that needs permission to access the content when that will be required.
  8. Resume the System Center 2012 Endpoint Installer process.

Hopefully, now you should be able to complete the System Center 2012 Endpoint Installer operation without receiving the 0x80070002 cannot complete the system center endpoint installation error message.

Tell us how everything worked during the troubleshooting process that was explained above as that’s the only way in which we can still help other users succeed with their own Windows 10 fixes.

FAQ: Learn more about System Center Endpoint Protection

  • What is System Center Endpoint Protection?

Microsoft System Center Endpoint Protection (SCEP) is a security tool designed for the Windows environment that provides antimalware protection and also has an integrated firewall.

  • What is the service name for System Center Endpoint Protection?

SCEP can be installed via the System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM) on all supported versions of Windows. The agent deployment as well as the distribution of updates are also handled through the SCCM client policy.

  • Is System Center Endpoint Protection an antivirus?

SCEP has the capacity to provide antivirus and antispyware protection. Nevertheless, it is also a good idea to keep your PC safe with an additional security layer.

Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in September 2017 and has been since revamped and updated in March 2020 for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.

Editor's Note: This article was originally published in September 2017 and was revamped and updated in August 2020 for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.
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