How to Fix Windows 0x80070103 Error Code

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If you’re encountering the Windows 0x80070103 error code while trying to update drivers or extensions via Windows Update, you’re not alone. This common issue can be frustrating, but we’re here to help.

Compared to Mac, Windows is more error-prone, and deciphering its error messages can be a challenge. Error codes like 0x80004005, 0x8007045d, and 0xc00000f can be particularly perplexing. But, worry not.

In this guide, we’ll walk you through the steps to resolve this error. But before we dive in, have you tried common troubleshooting tips such as closing and reopening settings, and restarting your PC?

How to Fix Windows 0x80070103 Error Code

The Windows 0x80070103 error code typically appears during Windows Update or when trying to install a driver. This error code indicates that Windows Update is trying to install a driver that is already installed on the system.

Here are the steps to resolve the Windows 0x80070103 error code:

  • Go to Settings > Update & Security > Windows Update.
  • Click on Pause updates > Pause for 1 week
  • After pausing the updates, wait for approximately 45 seconds.
  • Click on Resume updates.
  • If the error persists, repeat the process a couple of times.

This solution, posted on Reddit by u/jimmyhiccups, has resolved the issue for many users. Several people in the thread reported success with this method. While it hasn't worked for everyone, it's definitely worth trying.

Run Windows Troubleshooter to Fix 0x80070103 Error Code

Go to Windows Settings > System > Troubleshoot > Other Troubleshooters > Windows Update. This should detect and fix the issue. After running the troubleshooter, pause updates, and then resume them. (Credit: u/Naxthor)

Try Resetting Windows Update Components

As a last resort, Open Command Prompt as an administrator and top the BITS, Cryptographic, MSI Installer, and Windows Update Services. Type the following commands one by one and press Enter after each command:

net stop wuauserv
net stop cryptSvc
net stop bits
net stop msiserver

ren C:\Windows\SoftwareDistribution SoftwareDistribution.old
ren C:\Windows\System32\catroot2 Catroot2.old

net start wuauserv
net start cryptSvc
net start bits
net start msiserver

Finally, close the Command Prompt and restart your computer.

If the Windows 0x80070103 error code persists after trying our troubleshooting tips, we recommend waiting a few days before trying them again. With that said, we are wrapping up our guide and hope you found it helpful and informative.

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