Thus, users can’t update Windows when the issue arises. There is no specific official resolution for error 0x80073701 as of yet even though Microsoft has acknowledged the error code.
However, these are a few resolutions that might fix update error 0x80073701 more specifically in Windows 10.
How can I fix Windows Update error 80073701?
- Open the Windows Update Troubleshooter
- Run Deployment Image Servicing and System File Scans
- Restart Windows Update Service
- Windows Update Components
- Check the Date and Time Settings
1. Open the Windows Update Troubleshooter
- Open the Cortana app by clicking its Type here to search button.
- Input the keyword ‘troubleshoot’ in the search box and click Troubleshoot to open Settings.
- Select Windows Update and press its Run the troubleshooter button to open the window below.
- The troubleshooter might then provide some resolutions. You can press the Apply this fix button to apply a suggested resolution.
The Windows Update troubleshooter is a built-in system tool for fixing Windows update bugs. So that might come in handy for fixing error 0x80073701.
2. Run Deployment Image Servicing and System File Scans
- Click the Cortana taskbar button to open that app.
- Enter the keyword ‘Command Prompt’ in the search box.
- Right-click the Command Prompt and select Run as administrator to open the Prompt’s window.
- You can run the Deployment Image Servicing and Management utility by entering ‘DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth’ in the Command Prompt and pressing Enter.
- Enter ‘sfc /scannow’ and press the Return key to initiate the SFC scan. That scan might take up to half an hour.
- Then restart Windows if the SFC scan does repair files.
The System File Checker repairs corrupted system files. This is how you can utilize those tools within the Command Prompt.
3. Restart Windows Update Service
- Restarting Windows Update might kick-start the service. To do that, launch Run with its Windows key + R keyboard shortcut.
- Enter ‘services’ in Run and click OK.
- Scroll down to Windows Update on the Services window.
- Double-click Windows Update to open the window in the snapshot directly below.
- Press the Stop button on the window, and click OK to close the window.
- The right-click Windows Update and select Start to restart it.
4. Reset Windows Update Components
- Open the Command Prompt as an administrator.
- Then enter the following commands in the Prompt separately:
- net stop wuauserv
- net stop cryptSvc
- net stop bits
- net stop msiserver
- Next, rename the SoftwareDistribution folder by entering ‘ren C:WindowsSoftwareDistribution SoftwareDistribution.old’ in the Prompt and pressing Return.
- Input ‘ren C:WindowsSystem32catroot2 Catroot2.old’ in the Command Prompt and press Enter to rename the Catroot2 folder to Catroot2.old.
- Then enter C:WindowsSoftwareDistribution SoftwareDistribution.old in the Prompt and press Return to edit the SoftwareDistrbution folder title.
- Restart the stopped services by entering the following commands:
- net start wuauserv
- net start cryptSvc
- net start bits
- net start msiserver
- Then exit the Command Prompt window, and restart your desktop and laptop.
Resetting Windows Update components will restore them to their default values. So, that resolution is certainly worth a shot.
5. Check the Date and Time Settings
- Click the Type here to search button, and enter date in the search box.
- Select Date & time settings to open the window shown directly below.
- Select a time zone on the Time zone drop-down menu if required.
- You can also toggle the Set the time automatically option off and press the Change button to manually adjust the date and time.
- Alternatively, you can synchronize the clock with server by clicking Add clocks for different time zones.
- Select the Internet Time tab, and press the Change settings button.
- Then you can select the Synchronize with an internet time server checkbox and select a server from the drop-down menu. Click the Update Now button.
- Then press the OK button to close the window.
- Press the Apply and OK buttons.
Error 80073701 can also be due to date and time settings in Windows 10. So, make sure that Windows 10’s date and time are correctly set.
FAQ: Learn more about the Windows Update process
- What do I need to perform a Windows update?
Besides a stable Internet connection, you also need to have enough disk space on your system drive. If you lack the later, consider getting a bigger and better hard drive.
- What’s the quickest way to fix a Windows Update error?
The fastest way to fix a Windows Update error is to use Windows 10’s own Troubleshooter and select the Windows Update option. If you don’t have it, you can download it from this great guide.
- Why are Windows updates so slow?
There are plenty of reasons why your Windows updates are downloading slowly, such as software that is conflicting with the Windows Update.
Some of those resolutions might fix error 0x80073701. The resolutions in this post can also fix Windows update errors. This Windows Support troubleshooter is another handy resource for fixing Windows updates.
Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in July 2018 and has been since revamped and updated in March 2020 for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.