Windows 10 update error 0x8007000e [QUICK FIX]

Matthew Adams
by Matthew Adams
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  • Error 0x8007000e is an update error that shows up when you try to search for new updates via Settings. When the error arises, new Windows 10 updates don’t install.
  • The first thing to do in this case is to run the Windows Update troubleshooter. It might provide some resolutions for error 0x8007000e.
  • We especially created the Windows Update errors hub to help you if you have any other update issues in with Windows 10.
  • There are never too many solutions for Windows errors. You can find all articles on that in our Windows 10 errors hub.

Error 0x8007000e is an update error that affects some users when they try to search for new updates via Settings.

When the error arises, new Windows 10 updates don’t install.

Users seldom manually check for patch updates, but a lot of users are now pressing the Check for updates button to install the Windows 10 May 2019 update.

One user stated:

This morning I tried to update to version 1903 of Windows 10. The update failed with error code 0x8007000e.

Resolve this by following the instructions we provided below.

How can I fix Windows 10 Error 0x8007000e?

1. Open the Windows Update Troubleshooter

  1. The Windows Update troubleshooter might provide some resolutions for error 0x8007000e. To run that troubleshooter, press the Windows key + Q keyboard shortcut.
  2. Input the keyword troubleshoot in the Type here to search box.
  3. Click Troubleshoot settings to open the Settings window as shown directly below.Troubleshoot Settings tab windows 10 error 0x8007000e
  4. Select Windows Update and click Run the troubleshooter.
  5. The Windows Update might then automatically apply some fixes or suggest some resolutions. Go through any resolutions the troubleshooter provides.

2. Run the System File Checker

  1. Right-click Start and open Command Prompt (Admin).
  2. In the command line, type sfc/scannow and press Enter.sfc/scannow cmd Windows 10 error 0x8007000e
  3. Wait for the procedure to end and reboot your PC.
  4. Check for updates again.

 You can also read our full guide on how to perform a System File Checker scan

3. Rename the SoftwareDistribution Folder

  1. Select Command Prompt (Admin) to open an elevated Prompt window.
  2. Input this command in the Command Prompt: ren %systemroot%SoftwareDistribution softwaredistribution.old. Then press the Enter key.The ren command windows 10 error 0x8007000e
  3. Close the Command Prompt’s window.
  4. Then restart the desktop or laptop.

4. Check the Windows Update Service is Enabled

  1. Windows Update errors will certainly arise if the Windows Update service isn’t running. To check that, press the Windows key + R keyboard shortcut.
  2. Input services.msc in Run, and click the OK button.
  3. Double-click Windows Update to open the properties window in the snapshot directly below.Windows Update Properties window windows 10 error 0x8007000e
  4. Select Automatic on the Startup type drop-down menu if that option isn’t already selected.
  5. Press the Start button.
  6. Select the Apply option, and click the OK button.

5. Use Update Assistant

  1. Download Windows Update Assistant, here.
  2. Run the application and follow the instructions update assistant windows 10 error 0x8007000e
  3. Your PC will reboot a couple of times during the process, so make sure to save everything of importance.

The above resolutions might resolve Windows 10 error 0x8007000e for some users.

However, users can also update Windows 10 to version 1903 with the media creation tool and USB drive installation media.

FAQ: Read more about Windows Update errors

  • How do I fix error 8007000e?

Run the Windows Update Troubleshooter and the System File Checker.  If that’s too brief for you, follow carefully our complete guide to fix error 80070000e.

  • What is error code 8007000e?
If you see the error code 8007000e when searching for updates, probably the Windows update store folder is corrupted and you have to recreate it. Here’s a guide on how to fix Windows Update common errors.
When installing Windows 10, version 1903, you may get an error message stating This PC can’t be upgraded to Windows 10. Here’s a guide for a potential fix

Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in June 2019 and has been since revamped and updated in March 2020 for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.

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