- Windows updates are an excellent way through which Microsoft constantly patches, fixes and adds new features to their Windows OS. More so, these updates sometimes come with some much-needed security improvements.
- Unfortunately, the Windows updating process doesn't always go smoothly, and issues may appear that lead to even more severe problems.
- This article is just one of many that we've included into our dedicated hub covering Windows 10 updates, so make sure you bookmark it for later, since these issues are quite common.
- For more great troubleshooting guides on all things Windows 10-related, check out our Fix page.
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 can I fix update error 0x8007001F on Windows 10?
Update error 0x8007001F can prevent you from installing the latest updates, which can be a big problem. Speaking of update issues, here are some problems that users reported:
- Windows failed to install the following update with error 0x8007001f
- This error is usually caused by third-party applications, and if you encounter it, try disabling your antivirus or perform a clean boot.
- Windows 10 update assistant error 0x8007001f
- Sometimes your drivers can cause this problem to appear, therefore it’s a good idea to update crucial drivers before trying to update Windows.
- Update error Windows 7, 8.1
- Update errors can appear on older versions of Windows as well.
- Even if you’re not using Windows 10, you should be able to apply most of our solutions to the older versions of Windows without any problems.
1. Disable Antivirus
Although your antivirus will offer protection from malware, sometimes it can interfere with your system and cause 0x8007001F error to appear.
To fix the problem, it’s advised to change your antivirus settings and disable certain features. If that doesn’t help, you might have to temporarily disable your antivirus.
In worst case scenario, you might even have to remove your antivirus from your PC. Many users reported that both Norton and McAfee can cause this error to appear, so if you’re using one of these tools, be sure to remove them.
If you’re using any antivirus solution and you want to completely remove it from your PC, be sure to check out this amazing list with the best uninstaller software you can use right now.
Although these two applications are the most common cause of this error, other antivirus tools can cause this issue as well, so be sure to remove them.
If removing your antivirus solves the problem, it might be a good time to consider switching to a different antivirus solution. If you’re looking for a new antivirus, you might want to consider BullGuard.
This application offers great protection, and it won’t interfere with your system, so feel free to try it out.
2. Uninstall audio drivers
According to users, sometimes error 0x8007001F can appear on your PC due to your audio drivers. If your audio drivers are outdated or corrupted, you might encounter this issue.
To fix the problem, you need to reinstall your audio drivers. To do that, just follow these steps:
- Press Windows Key + X and choose Device Manager from the list.
- Now navigate to Sound, video, and game controllers section and right-click your audio device.
- Choose Uninstall device from the menu.
- A confirmation dialog will now appear.
- If available, check Remove driver software for this device. Now click Uninstall button to remove the driver.
After doing that, you should try to download the latest drivers for your audio device. Simply visit your motherboard or sound card manufacturer’s website and download the latest drivers.
After updating your audio driver, check if the problem is resolved. In order to avoid permanent damage to your PC by downloading and installing the wrong driver versions, we strongly recommend TweakBit’s Driver Updater (approved by Microsoft and Norton).
This tool will automatically download all the outdated drivers on your PC.
Disclaimer: some features of this tool are not free.
3. Restart the Windows Update Service
- Press Windows Key + R and enter services.msc.
- Now press Enter or click OK.
- In Services list, search for Windows Update.
- Right-click and open Properties.
- Now choose Disabled as Startup Type.
- Save changes and restart your PC.
- Check out Services again and make sure that Windows Update is Disabled.
- Navigate to C:Windows and find SoftwareDistribution folder.
- Rename folder to SoftwareDistribution.OLD (you can delete it, as well but why to take unnecessary risks).
- Once again navigate to Services and find Windows Update and, in Properties, change Startup Type from Disabled to Manual.
- Go to Start and open Settings on the left side.
- Open Update & Security and check for updates.
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.
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.
4. Perform SFC and DISM check
- Press Windows Key + X to open Win + X menu.
- Now select Command Prompt (Admin) from the list.
- You can also use PowerShell (Admin) if Command Prompt isn’t available.
- When Command Prompt opens, run sfc /scannow command.
- SFC scan will now start. This scan can take up to 15 minutes, so don’t interfere with it.
Once the SFC scan is finished, check if the problem is resolved. If you’re having trouble accessing Command Prompt as an admin, then you better take a closer look at this guide.
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.
- Right-click on Start and run Command Prompt (Admin).
- Type the following command:
- 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
- Make sure that you replaced repair source path with your own.
5. Perform a clean boot
- Press Windows Key + R and enter msconfig.
- Press Enter or click OK.
- System Configuration window will now appear.
- Go to Services tab and then check Hide all Microsoft services.
- Now click Disable all button.
- Go to Startup tab and click Open Task Manager.
- List of startup applications will now appear in Task Manager.
- Right-click the first item on the list and choose Disable from the menu.
- Now repeat these steps for all startup items on the list.
- Go back to System Configuration window and click Apply and OK to save changes.
- Restart your PC.
According to users, third-party applications can sometimes interfere with your system, and that can lead to this error. However, you might be able to fix the problem simply by performing a clean boot.
Once your PC restarts, all startup applications and services will be disabled ensuring that third-party applications don’t interfere with the upgrade process. After disabling all these services, you should be able to upgrade without any issues.
If you want to know how to add or remove startup apps on Windows 10, check out this simple guide.
6. Create a new user account
- Press Windows Key + I to open the Settings app.
- When Settings app opens, navigate to the Accounts section.
- In the left pane, select Family & other people.
- In the right pane select Add someone else to this PC.
- Now select I don’t have this person’s sign-in information.
- You’ll be asked to create a Microsoft account.
- Select Add a user without a Microsoft account.
- Now enter the desired user name and click Next.
If you have problems updating due to error 0x8007001F, the issue might be a corrupted user account. However, you might be able to circumvent this issue simply by creating a new user account.
After creating a new account, switch to it and check if the problem is resolved. If you’re having trouble opening the Setting app, take a look at this article to solve the issue.
7. Perform an in-place upgrade
- Download Media Creation Tool and run it on your PC.
- Select Upgrade this PC now.
- Wait while the application prepares your system.
- Now select Download and install updates (recommended) and click Next.
- Follow the instructions on the screen until you get to Ready to install screen. Now select Change what to keep.
- Select Keep personal files and apps and click Next.
- Follow the instructions on the screen to complete the setup.
If you can’t install Windows Updates due to error 0x8007001F, you might want to try performing an in-place upgrade. By doing that, you’ll force Windows 10 to update to the latest version.
Once the process is finished, you’ll have the latest version of Windows installed, and all your files and apps will be preserved.
FAQ: Learn more about Windows updates and related issues
- What’s the quickest way to perform Windows Updates?
The quickest way to perform Windows updates is through the Windows Update menu. If you have issues with this feature, please refer to this detailed article.
- How can I download only specific Windows 10 updates?
If you want to download only certain Windows updates, then you need to access the Windows Update Catalog website and simply enter the name of the KB you are looking for.
- How do I solve Windows updates errors easily?
The quickest way to fix a Windows update error is to use the Windows Update Troubleshooter.
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.
Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in June 2018 and has been since revamped and updated in April 2020 for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.