Problem Symptom: Users encounter Windows Update error 0x80070012 while attempt to update Windows 10 after the scan for newly available updates fails. What does Windows update error 0x80070012 mean? What are the causes of Windows update error 0x80070012 error, and what are the workaround steps to fix Windows update error 0x80070012?
The detailed error message as below:
There were problems installing some updates, but we’ll try again later. If you keep seeing this and want to search the web or contact support for information, this may help:
fbl_impressive Professional 10130 – Error 0x80070012
In addition, the below error message might be displayed:
The website has encountered a problem and cannot display the page you are trying to view.
Follow the below solution steps to resolve Windows Update Error 0x80070012 issue.
There are several potential causes that trigger Windows Update Error 0x80070012:
- Critical Windows Update services stuck in a limbo state
- Misconfigured system or system file corruption
- Viruses and malware infection
- Incomplete installation of software application or driver
Solution 1: Execute Windows Update Troubleshooter
Try to execute the Windows Update Troubleshooter and see if that helps to resolve the issue.
Step 1: Click on Start and go to Settings > Updates & Security > Troubleshoot > Additional troubleshooter.
Step 3: Windows Update Troubleshooter will start to scan the system of any inconsistencies.
Step 4: Wait until the analysis is complete, then click on Apply this fix if a viable repair strategy is recommended.
Step 5: Restart your computer.
Solution 2: Execute SFC and DISM
Windows Update Error 0x80070012 can occur if Windows 10 installation is corrupted, you can fix it by executing System File Checker (SFC) and Deployment Image Servicing and Management(DISM):
Step 1: Press Windows + X and choose Command Prompt (Admin) from the menu to start Command Prompt as administrator.
Step 2: Enter
sfc /scannow and press Enter. Wait for the process to complete.
Step 3: Enter
dism /online /cleanup-image /restorehealth and press Enter. Wait for the process to finish.
If your Windows Update client is already broken, you will be prompted to run the Windows installation media as the repair source or use the Windows side-by-side folder from network share as the source of the files. Run the following command instead:
DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-Image /RestoreHealth /Source:C:\RepairSource\Windows /LimitAccess
* Replace the
C:\RepairSource\Windows placeholder with the location of repair source media.
DISM will create a log file in %windir%/Logs/CBS/CBS.log and capture any issues that the tool finds or fixes once the process is completed.
Step 4: Restart your Windows.
Solution 3: Reset Windows Update Components Manually
Step 1: Type
cmd in the Search box.
Step 2: Right-click the Command Prompt and choose Run as administrator option from the context menu.
Step 3: Type the following commands 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
Step 4: Wait for the process to be finished and close the command prompt window.
Step 5: Restart your Windows.