Fix: Windows 10 update error 0x80070652

Ivan Jenic
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Besides the abundance of the new features, Windows 10 also has some distinctive problems that were rarely seen in the previous system editions.

One of those troubling segments of Windows 10 are the update errors that are sometimes hard to cope with. To make things even harder, there’s no way to ignore updates, like that was the case in some other Windows versions. At least, not without some effort. Don’t get us wrong, it’s advised to install updates, but what if some annoying error prevents you from doing so?

Just like the error we’ll try and address today. This error goes by the code 0x80070652, and if you’ve encountered it, you should definitely check workarounds we have provided below.

How to fix Windows 10 update error with the code 0x80070652

Restart the PC and run Windows Troubleshoot tool

The first obvious step is the PC reboot. On more than one occasion, troubled users resolved update issues by a simple restart. Restart can clear the inflictions brought by some of the system’s features, like third-party programs or update services.

Another thing you should do as soon as possible is hidden under the refurbished Troubleshoot menu that came with the Creators update. We now have the troubleshooting tools that cover most of the system errors in one spot. You can utilize the Windows Update troubleshooter this way:

  1. Press Windows + I to open the Settings app.
  2. Open Update & security.
  3. Under the left pane, click Troubleshoot.
  4. Click on the Windows Update and Run the troubleshooter.

Uninstall latest updates and try again

With Windows 10, we got ourselves a whole bunch of mandatory updates installed on (almost) a daily basis. And it’s quite hard to prevent them from appearing, almost impossible. But, you can at least uninstall them if something goes wrong and check for updates again.

Follow the instructions and hope for the best:

  1. Open the Settings app.
  2. Open Update & security.
  3. Click Windows Update in the left pane.
  4. Click Advanced Options.
  5. Choose View your update history.
  6. Click Uninstall updates.
  7. Choose the latest update that probably caused the issue, and uninstall it.
  8. Check for updates again and watch out for any interference that may corrupt the update during the process.

If your problem goes deeper than this, you’ll probably want to check the remaining solutions.

Run the batch script

It not uncommon for the Windows update services to get unresponsive. But, luckily, there’s a way to reset them. Now, you can do that manually by resetting certain update services or use the pre-created batch script that can do that for you. You can use the batch file in a few simple steps, and this is how:

  1. Download the script file from here.
  2. Right-click on the file and run it as an administrator.
  3. After the process is finished, restart your PC and check for updates once more.

If you want to create the script on your own, the complete instructions can be found in this article.

Reinstall the update file manually

If you have a problem with a major patch (build) you may need to restore your system in order to start from the scratch. Luckily, that’s not the case with the small security patches or cumulative updates. You can download those from Microsoft’s official site and manually install them. Follow these instructions to reinstall the update file manually:

  1. Go to the Microsoft Update catalog site.
  2. Write the number of the KB in the search bar.
  3. Download the file and run it.
  4. After the installation is finished, restart your PC.

At the end, if all of these steps weren’t enough to overcome the error, you can use the final step to force the updates.

Use the Media Creation tool to install updates

Media Creation Tool was introduced with Windows 10 to vastly improve digital delivery of the system. And it’s more than a welcomed tool for the multitude of upgrade/installation procedures. Additionally, you can use it to force the updates and surpass the issues brought by the standard over-the-air update system.

This is how you can use it to download and install updates manually:

  1. Download Media Creation tool here.
  2. Just in case, backup your data and license key.
  3. Start the desktop client and click Upgrade this PC now.
  4. The tool should obtain and install the available updates.
  5. After that, restart your PC and you’re good to go.

That should wrap it up. These methods can be used for a large variety of update issues, but we advise you to check our site for detailed explanation and workarounds for a multitude of the distinctive errors.

In addition, make sure to share your experiences and suggestions in the comments section below.