An automatic troubleshooter is available that fixes some problems with Windows Update, and it might resolve this error for you.

To run a Windows Update troubleshooter

  1. Click this button:

    Picture of a Fix it button
    Fix this problem

  2. In the File Download dialog box, click Run, and then follow the steps in the wizard.

  3. Open Windows Update, and try to install the update again.

If that didn't work, here are solutions to some common problems with installing updates.

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I tried to install updates but one or more didn't get installed.

  • Did you try the update again manually? There are some errors that are just a matter of bad timing, and they can be caused by busy websites, overworked Internet connections, or a number of other factors. These problems can sometimes be corrected by trying to update again. Here's how to check for updates manually:

    1. 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.

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

    3. If updates are found, click Install updates.

      Read and accept the license terms, and then click Finish if the update requires it. Administrator permission required If you're prompted for an administrator password or confirmation, type the password or provide confirmation.

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    • Some updates might require that you restart your computer to finish installing. Save and close all your programs before restarting to prevent data loss.

  • Did you accept the Microsoft Software License Terms? Install the update again and review and accept the license terms.

    1. 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.

    2. Review any error messages.

    3. If an error message about license terms or cancelled updates is displayed, click Try again, and wait until you are prompted to review the license terms.

    4. Accept the license terms, and wait to see if the update is installed successfully.

  • Is there enough free disk space on your computer? If you need more free space on your hard disk, you might need to uninstall programs, delete your temporary Internet files, delete files that you don't use, or empty the Recycle Bin, and then try again to install updates.

  • Did you cancel the installation process or disconnect from the Internet? It's fine if you did. Just check for updates again and install any updates that were cancelled or interrupted.

  • Were you installing a driver update? Driver updates for devices such as video cards can occasionally cause errors because the files being installed are corrupt or aren't the correct files for your version of Windows. Windows Update should provide you with the most up-to-date drivers for your verison of Windows. However, if you have a problem installing device drivers from Windows Update, contact the manufacturer of the device. For more information, see Update a driver for hardware that isn't working properly.

  • What else can I do? If the previous questions don't address the problem, you can learn more about what happened and what to do next by reviewing any error messages that are displayed in Windows Update.

    • 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.

      If an error has occurred, an error code and a link to Help will be displayed. If there isn't a specific Help topic for that error, you can use the error code to search online for help.

How will I know what updates have been installed?

Windows Update keeps an update history so that you can check which updates were installed and when. For more information, see See which Windows updates are installed.

I keep being offered an update from Windows that I don’t want or that I already removed.

You can hide the update, and then Windows Update won't offer it to you again unless you choose to restore it. Here's how to hide an update:

  1. 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.

  2. Do one of the following:

    • Click the link that tells you important updates are available if you have important updates to hide.

    • Click the link that tells you optional updates are available if you have optional updates to hide.

  3. Select any update that you want to hide, right-click it, and then click Hide update. Do this for each update you want to hide.

  4. Click OK.

I hid an update and now I want to install it.

You need to restore the update to the list of updates that Windows can offer, and then install it. Here's how:

  1. 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.

  2. In the left pane, click Restore hidden updates.

  3. Select the update that you want to install, and then click Restore. Administrator permission required If you're prompted for an administrator password or confirmation, type the password or provide confirmation.

  4. Windows will automatically check for updates, and then prompt you to install the update that you restored as well as any new updates that might be available.

I restored hidden updates but I can’t find the one that I want to install.

This happens when a more recent update addresses the same problem as the update that you tried to restore. Windows will offer you the more recent update only.

My computer was turned off during a scheduled update.

When you start your computer after it has missed a scheduled update, it will check for updates. You can choose to install them immediately, or postpone them. If your computer is on during the next scheduled update, the updates will be installed. If new updates are ready to be installed, you can also install them before turning off your computer. When updates are waiting to be installed, you'll see a shield icon on the Windows Shut Down button Picture of the Windows Shut Down button with shield showing updates will be installed.

I keep getting prompted to restart my computer to finish installing updates.

Some updates apply to files or services that Windows is using. These types of updates can't be installed while Windows is running so you should save your work, close any open programs, and then restart your computer to finish the update process.

I installed updates (or a driver update) and now one of my devices doesn't work.

There are several reasons why this might happen. If you purchased your computer with the device you are updating the driver for, you should first check with the computer manufacturer for a driver. Most computer manufacturers use third-party brands of devices, such as video or audio cards. In some cases, the manufacturer might have modified drivers to use with your computer, while the third-party device company will have more generic drivers. Installing a generic device driver, even though it's written by the device manufacturer, can sometimes cause problems.

The other reason might be that the version of the driver might not work for your device or computer. Hardware devices are often revised but still retain the same name. It is possible to use the latest driver, but not have it work correctly. In this case, you might need to revert to a previous version of the driver for that device. Check the computer or device manufacturer's website for a version of the driver specifically for your device, or remove the driver and restart your computer to reinstall the older driver. For help with these steps, see Update a driver for hardware that isn't working properly.

I tried these troubleshooting steps, but I still can't solve the problem. What should I do next?

Try one of these options:

  • If Windows Update displays an error code or error message, search Help and Support using the error code or error message as your search terms. To include the latest Help content in your search, make sure that you’re searching Windows Help online.

  • Go to the Microsoft Answers website for more assistance.

  • For troubleshooting problems with installing updates, go to theTroubleshoot common Windows Update installation issues article on the Microsoft Support website.

Error code this applies to: WindowsUpdate_dt000