Cant run update error WindowsUpdate_80073712

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Stop the Windows Update service. Delete the C:\Windows\SoftwareDistribution folder. Start the service and check for updates.
Step 1: Use System File Checker to repair damaged Windows files

Use the System File Checker tool to repair damaged Windows files, and then run Windows Update again. To do this, follow these steps:

    Open an elevated command prompt.
    Run the following command:
    sfc /scannow
    Try to install update again.

For more information about the System File Checker tool, view Use the System File Checker tool to repair missing or corrupted system files.

Step 2: Run the DISM tool

If the problem continues, use the Deployment Image Servicing and Management (DISM) tool to fix Windows corruption errors. To do this, follow these steps:

    Open an elevated command prompt.
    Run the following command:
    DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth.

Important When you run this command, DISM uses Windows Update to provide the files that are required to fix corruptions. However, if your Windows Update client is already broken, use a running Windows installation as the repair source, or use a Windows side-by-side folder from a network share or from a removable media, such as the Windows DVD, as the source of the files. To do this, run the following command instead:

DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-Image /RestoreHealth /Source:C:\RepairSource\Windows /LimitAccess

Note Replace the C:\RepairSource\Windows placeholder with the location of your repair source. For more information about using the DISM tool to repair Windows, reference:


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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
Also go to the Microsoft link below for the Update Troubleshooter for multiple systems. Run the FixIt, close out, run SFC, restart and test.

See if this helps (lots of people here have used it).
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ItaliabellaAuthor Commented:
Strivoli I try your fix and as you can see per my pic the downloading updates sits there forever...I let it sit for the whole night and It stays there...I will try the next suggestion.

Thank you Strivoli, I tried a lot of things so far with this PC....and nothing so far resolved the issue
ItaliabellaAuthor Commented:
John I tried also the Update troubleshooter, in the end it says that it fixed the problem but its not true, I can' still download the updates. thank you very much... I need to move forward and try the other options...
JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
If DISM and Troubleshooter did not fix the issue, then you now need to consider Windows 8 / 8.1 Refresh. This is done in Action Center, PC Settings, Recovery options.

Refresh keeps data and most settings, but makes you reinstall software that did not come with Windows 8. It is easier than reinstalling Windows and does work.
SandeepSr System AdministratorCommented:
Please refer to the step by step guide for doing Refresh / Reset of Windows 8/8.1 as given on Microsoft site.
ItaliabellaAuthor Commented:
thank you everyone
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