Windows Update error 80070020


If you receive Windows Update error 80070020, the cause might be a that program running on your computer is interfering with Windows Update. This problem can often be solved by restarting your computer and running Windows Update again.

If you continue to receive error 80070020 after restarting your computer and running Windows Update, the interfering program, such as an antivirus program, might be running automatically when you first start your computer. In this case, you'll need to restart your computer without running programs that run when Windows first starts. This can be done two ways: by starting your computer in safe mode or by manually starting Windows without start up programs (also known as a clean restart). Both options are described below.

These methods require you to restart your computer several times, so you might want to read through all steps first, or print these instructions before following them.

Note

  • Safe mode does not support networking with a dial-up connection. If you’re using a dial-up connection, use the clean restart method.

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Start Windows Update in safe mode

  1. To start Windows in safe mode, click the Start button Picture of the Start button, type msconfig in the search box, and then, in the list of results, click msconfig.exe. Administrator permission required If you're prompted for an administrator password or confirmation, type the password or provide confirmation.
  2. In the System Configuration dialog box, click the Boot tab.

  3. Click the Safe boot check box, click Network, and then click OK.

  4. In the System Configuration dialog, click Restart. This will restart your computer in a special way called safe mode with Internet access.

  5. Open Windows Update by clicking the Start button Picture of the Start button. In the search box, type Update, and then, in the list of results, click Windows Update.

  6. In the left pane, click Check for updates, and then wait while Windows looks for the latest updates for your computer.

  7. If any updates are found, click Install updates. Administrator permission required If you're prompted for an administrator password or confirmation, type the password or provide confirmation.

  8. Once updates are installed, restart your computer, click the Start button Picture of the Start button, type msconfig in the search box, and then, in the list of results, click msconfig.exe. Administrator permission required If you're prompted for an administrator password or confirmation, type the password or provide confirmation.
  9. In the System Configuration dialog box, click the General tab, click Normal startup, click OK, and then click Restart,

Start Windows Update with a clean restart of Windows

  1. Click the Start button Picture of the Start button, type msconfig in the search box, and then click msconfig.exe. Administrator permission required If you're prompted for an administrator password or confirmation, type the password or provide confirmation.
  2. On the General tab, click Selective startup, and then clear the Load startup items check box.

  3. Click Services, click Hide all Microsoft services, and then click Disable all.

  4. Click OK, and then click Restart.

  5. Open Windows Update by clicking the Start button Picture of the Start button. In the search box, type Update, and then, in the list of results, click Windows Update.

  6. In the left pane, click Check for updates, and then wait while Windows looks for the latest updates for your computer.

  7. If any updates are found, click Install updates. Administrator permission required If you're prompted for an administrator password or confirmation, type the password or provide confirmation.

  8. Once updates are installed, restart your computer. Click the Start button, type msconfig in the search box, and then click msconfig.exe. Administrator permission required If you're prompted for an administrator password or confirmation, type the password or provide confirmation.

  9. On the General tab, click Normal startup, click OK, and then click Restart.

If you continue to see this error, see this automatic troubleshooter on the Microsoft Support website, or go to the Microsoft Answers website for more assistance.

Error codes this applies to:

  • WindowsUpdate_80070020

  • 0x80070020