Windows 10 update error 0x800703ed [Fix]

By: Ivan Jenic
4 minute read

Windows 10 is a massive step forward in many categories. With a lot of stability improvements and timely support, Windows 10 will soon replace Windows 7 as a go-to Microsoft OS.

Nonetheless, even though we can expect a lot from Windows 10, there’s still an abundance of issues that needs to be addressed. Yes, we are talking about update errors and inability to get scheduled updates. The error we’ll try to troubleshoot today goes by the code 0x800703ed. This error is mainly caused by faulty drivers or the system files corruption. So, in case you’ve encountered an error with this code, follow the steps below.

How to fix Windows 10 update error 0x800703ed

Update GPU and Network drivers

If you assume that generic drivers that are installed via Windows Update are valid, you are wrong. Well, at least partially. Some of them, namely the ones for the secondary devices may work smoothly. However, that is not the case with the primary drivers, like GPU, Sound or Network. Additionally, they can cause quite a stir with the future updates/upgrades. For that reason, we advise you to install the OEMs drivers instead of the preinstalled ones. To do so follow these instructions:

  1. Right-click Start and open Device Manager.
  2. Find respective drivers, right-click and open Properties.
  3. Open Details tab.
  4. In the drop-down menu, select HardwareIds.
  5. Copy firs line and paste it in the web browser search bar.
  6. Find the latest drivers presented by the OEM.
  7. Download and install drivers.
  8. Restart your PC.
  9. Try updating again.

Be sure to use only the trusted software from the official website. That way you’re not endangered and can expect the top system performance.

Run DISM tool in the elevated Command Prompt

Most of the update issues are related to corruption of the update files. There are so many reasons for that but the primary reason is the malware infection. Luckily, you can repair the system update files with the DISM. Deployment Image Servicing and Management (DISM) is built-in system tool that can fix corrupted or incomplete system files. You can utilize this tool in two ways:

  • by using the standard update feature
  • by using the USB/DVD media with the Windows 10 installation.

We are going to lead you trough both approaches, so follow these instructions closely:

  1. In the command line type the following command:
  2. Right-click Start and run the Command Prompt (Admin).
  3. In case you want to use mounted system installation drive, type this command:
    • Dism /Image:C:\offline /Cleanup-Image /RestoreHealth/Source:repairSource\install.wim\LimitAccess
  4. Remember to replace “repairSource” for the path to the source with mounted system files.
  5. Wait until the process is finished and restart your PC.
  6. Check for updates.

Use batch file to reset Windows Update components

We are aware that the troubleshooting can occasionally be quite annoying, especially with complex issues like this. Furthermore, if you are not experienced enough, you can cause additional issues that may prove even harder to resolve. Good thing is that tech enthusiasts created the script that can do everything instead of you. You’ll just need to download and run it. Follow these instructions to utilize this helpful tool:

  1. Download the script from here.
  2. Save the file.
  3. Right-click and run as administrator.
  4. After the process is finished, check for the updates.

Additionally, you can use this script to troubleshoot any kind of update-related issue.

Update BIOS

One thing that is of utmost importance for all-around system performance is updated BIOS. Some of the users weren’t able to even install Windows 10, while others experienced a variety of issues after the installation. Because of that, we advise you to replace the outdated BIOS drivers with the latest ones. On the other hand, the process is risky and involves some advanced knowledge. So, we further recommend you to ask something else before pursuing flashing procedure and updating BIOS firmware, in case you’re not sure what you’re doing.

Repair system with USB/DVD system installation media

Besides the clean installation, we’ve got one last solution for you. If the previous workarounds fell short, you can use USB/DVD drive with system installation to repair the update issues. The process is a bit lengthy, but it is certainly worth trying. Follow these instructions closely:

  1. Insert DVD or USB with Windows 10 installation (the same architecture and version you have running on your PC).
  2. Open the drive and double-click Setup.
  3. Wait for the Setup to prepare.
  4. Choose to Download and Install Updates.
  5. After the updating, Accept the License Terms.
  6. Choose what you want to keep.
  7. And now you’ll just have to wait for the process to finish.
  8. If the update issues are still there, your only hope is the clean reinstallation.

That should be that. Additionally, we are available for your questions and suggestions. Be free to share them with us in the comments section.


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