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Windows 7: Windows Update 80070003 error

17 Dec 2015   #1
GmaN98

Windows 7 64-bit
 
 
Windows Update 80070003 error

I am losing my mind on this error. See here's pretty much the rundown as I have been working on this since 7pm last night and its now 6am as I am writing this.

Ok so I had to downgrade from Windows 10 back to 7 because its not stable with my computer build and 7 is. So I did just that, popped in my win 7 disc and made a fresh clean install. Get to the desktop and start setting everything up like any one would and when I get to the updating part WU just sits there at "checking for updates" and thats it. I have literally tried EVERYTHING I could possibly do just to get this thing to work properly. Like I mentioned earlier there was another error before this current one which was 0x80070057 and I somehow fixed that, but then WU decides to be mean and created a new error the dreaded 80070003 error. I tried the BAT files....no effect at all. Tried every workaround there is and nothing. No error logs are generating to even give me small hints on what to look for. I am tired and literally frustrated as I need this computer to work properly. Any suggestions would be appreciated, and some miracles.


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18 Dec 2015   #2
BorisTheAnimal

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 

Hi, GmaN98 and welcome to sevenforums, I hope you will enjoy your stay!

I don't know what all you have tried but here are some steps you might wanna try doing:

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The Windows Update Troubleshooter is available that fixes some problems with Windows Update, and it might resolve this error for you.
If that didn't work, try the following steps.


To stop the Windows Update service

You must be logged on as an administrator to perform these steps.

  1. Open Administrative Tools by clicking the Start button , and then clicking Control Panel. In the search box, type administrative tools, and then click Administrative Tools.
  2. Double-click Services. If you're prompted for an administrator password or confirmation, type the password or provide confirmation.
  3. Click the Name column heading to sort the names in reverse order. Find the Windows Update service, right-click it, and then click Stop.

To delete temporary update files


  1. Open Computer by clicking the Start button , and then clicking Computer.
  2. Double-click the local hard disk where Windows is installed (typically, drive C).
  3. Double-click the Windows folder, and then double-click the SoftwareDistribution folder.
  4. Double-click the DataStore folder to open it, and then delete all files in the folder. If you're prompted for an administrator password or confirmation, type the password or provide confirmation.
  5. Click the Back button. In the SoftwareDistribution folder, double-click the Download folder to open it, delete all files in the folder, and then close the window. If you're prompted for an administrator password or confirmation, type the password or provide confirmation.

To restart the Windows Update service


You must be logged on as an administrator to perform these steps.

  1. Open Administrative Tools by clicking the Start button , and then clicking Control Panel. In the search box, type administrative tools, and then click Administrative Tools.
  2. Double-click Services. If you're prompted for an administrator password or confirmation, type the password or provide confirmation.
  3. Click the Name column heading to sort the names in reverse order. Find the Windows Update service, right-click it, and then click Start.
  4. Close the Services window and the Administrative Tools window.
I hope that these steps will put you in the right direction and solve your problem.

Cheers!
Boris
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