Windows 10 Update Error 0x8007001F [Fix]

By: Ivan Jenic
3 minute read

Update errors aren’t a novelty in the Windows OS history. Some of them are easy to resolve, while some of them are quite a challenge.

Today we’ll try to address an error that goes by the code 0x8007001F. This error is closely related to audio drivers and it prevents users from updating in Windows 10. There are a few possible workarounds applicable to this problem, so follow these steps and, hopefully, we can work it out.

How to fix Update Error 0x8007001F on Windows 10

Disable Antivirus

The first step you should take is disabling your antivirus software. There is an abundance of issues related to third-party security software. This is especially noticeable with Norton and McAfee antimalware solutions. So, try and disable antivirus prior to updates. Additionally, if the problem is still there, uninstall your antivirus completely. Windows Defender can be a good substitution. At least, until you resolve your update issues.

Uninstall audio drivers

All of the update errors have a specific background cause. This error is closely related to malfunction of the audio drivers. Most of the time, faulty drivers will prevent updating. In order to resolve this, you’ll need to get the latest drivers that are compatible with Windows 10.

Moreover, if you’ve performed upgrade rather than clean install of the system, the drivers can get corrupted and there so, unusable. Follow these instructions to fix the possible drivers issues:

  1. Right-click Start and open Device Manager.
  2. Find your way to Sound, video, and game controllers.
  3. Right-click on High Definition Audio Device or any other related to sound output and open Properties.
  4. Open Details tab and find Hardware Ids in the drop-down list.
  5. Copy the first line.
  6. In the Driver, tab click Uninstall.
  7. After that, paste Hardware ID in the web browser and search.
  8. You should be able to find the appropriate version from the official manufacturer’s website and download it.
  9. Install driver and restart your PC.

Additionally, we advise you to use only trusted sources for drivers download, namely the drivers of the original manufacturer, like Realtek.

Restart the Windows Update Service

Update service can be a culprit for various update issues. Additionally, it’s known for inflicting heavy CPU usage on some occasions for no apparent reason. Nevertheless, we will show you a possible workaround that can be used with most of the update errors. And the one we are currently addressing is not an exception. Here’s what you need to do:

  1. Type Services in Windows Search.
  2. In Services list, search for Windows Update.
  3. Right-click and open Properties, then choose Disable.
  4. Restart your computer.
  5. Check out Services again and make sure that Windows Update is Disabled.
  6. Navigate to C:Windows and find SoftwareDistribution folder.
  7. Rename folder to SoftwareDistribution.OLD (you can delete it, as well but why to take unnecessary risks).
  8. Once again navigate to Services and find Windows Update and, in Properties, change from Disabled to Manual.
  9. Go to Start and open Settings on the left side.
  10. Open Update & Security and check for updates.

Have in mind that you’ll need administrative access in order to change/delete system folders. This procedure proved as a valid solution for multiple update errors. However, if the problem is persistent, move on to the next solution.

Perform the DISM check

The system update malfunctions are closely related to file corruption. Namely, due to malware infections, some of the system files can get corrupted or quarantined. For that reason, DISM (Deployment Image Servicing and Management) can be used to scan and resolve this issue by repairing broken files.

  1. Right-click on Start and run Command Prompt (Admin).
  2. Type the following command:
      • DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth
  3. If the service has some problems connecting with Update, you can use USB/DVD system drive. Just insert media and type the following command:
      • DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-Image /RestoreHealth /Source:C:Your Repair SourceWindows /LimitAccess
  4. Make sure that you replaced repair source path with your own.

That should wrap it up. Your error should be resolved if you followed these instructions closely.

In case you have some questions or additional workarounds, please be sure to inform us in the comments section.

For more Windows Update workarounds, and additional info, make sure to check our Windows Update hub.


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