Easy to Fix Windows Update Error 0x80070652

By Lillian Lai  Common Errors  errorWindows   0 Comment

If you get the error code 0x80070652 when running Windows Update in your computer, don’t panic! This is one of the common Windows Update errors.

Many people have resolved the error code 0x80070652 in Windows Update with the solutions in this article. So before throwing your computer out of the window, read on.

How to fix Windows Update error code 0x80070652

Here are the solutions you can try. You shouldn’t have to try them all. Just try each one in turn until everything’s working again.

  1. Run Windows Update troubleshooter
  2. Run System File Checker
  3. Update device drivers
  4. Reset the Software Distribution folder
  5. Install the update manually
Note: the screenshots below come from Windows 10, and the fixes also work on Windows 8 and Window 7.

 

Fix 1: Run Windows Update troubleshooter

There can be some issues with Windows Update, which can cause the update error code 0x80070652, so you can run Windows Update troubleshooter and automatically fix the issue.

If you’re using Windows 10:

1) Type Windows Update in the search box on your desktop, and click Windows Update settings.

2) Click Troubleshoot on the left pane.

3) Click Windows Update, and click Run the troubleshooter.

4) Follow the on-screen instructions to finish the troubleshooting and fixing the problem.

5) Run Windows Update again to install the updates to see if the error is removed.

If you’re using Windows 8:

1) Type Network problems in the Search box on your desktop, and then select Identify and repair network problems in the list.

2) Follow the steps in the wizard to diagnose and resolve your network problems.

3) Run Windows Update again.

If you’re using Windows 7:

1) Right-click the Network icon in the notification area, and then select Troubleshoot problems.

2) Follow the steps in the wizard to diagnose and resolve your network problems.

3) Run Windows Update again.


Fix 2: Run System File Checker

If there are corrupted files in your Windows Update package, you’re likely to get the Windows Update error 0x80070652, and then fail to install the updates. So the System File Checker (SFC) is a Windows tool that scans for corrupted system files and repairs them. Here’s how to use it.

1) Type cmd in the taskbar search box. Right-click Command Prompt (or cmd if you’re using Windows 7) to select Run as administrator, and then click Yes to confirm.

2) Once you see the command prompt, type sfc /scannow and press Enter.

3) Windows will now verify the system files, and automatically fix any issues.

4) Once verification is completed, exit the Command Prompt and try to launch the program that was giving you the error.

5) Run Windows Update and download the update package to see if the error code disappears.

Still no luck? Don’t worry. We have other solutions.

 

Fix 3: Update device drivers

The missing or outdated device drivers for your hard drives can also result in the error code 0x80070652 for Windows Update on computer. You should verify that the drivers in your computer are up to date.

There are two ways to update your device drivers: manually and automatically.

You can manually search for the latest version of your drivers, then download and install it in your computer. This requires time and computer skills.

If you don’t have time or patience, you can do it automatically with Driver Easy.

Driver Easy will automatically recognize your system and find the correct drivers for it.You don’t need to know exactly what system your computer is running, you don’t need to risk downloading and installing the wrong driver, and you don’t need to worry about making mistake when installing.

You can update your drivers automatically with either the FREE or the Pro version of Driver Easy. But with the Pro version, it takes just 2 clicks (and you will get full support and a 30-day money back guarantee).

1) Download and install Driver Easy.

2) Run Driver Easy and click the Scan Now button. Driver Easy will then scan your computer and detect any problem drivers.

3) Click the Update button next to the flagged device to automatically download the correct version of the driver (you can do this with the FREE version), then install the driver in your computer.

Or click Update All to automatically download and install the correct version of all the drivers that are missing or out of date on your system (this requires the Pro version – you’ll be prompted to upgrade when you click Update All).

4) Restart your computer to take effect.

Try updating Windows again to see if it works.

 

Fix 4: Reset the Software Distribution folder

Generally speaking, you may not want to modify this folder, but sometimes you need to empty its content when your system’s Datastore and Download folder got de-synchronized, leading to your Windows Update not working properly.

So to fix the Windows Update error 0x80070652, you can reset the Software Distribution folder. Here’s how to do it:

Note: before getting started, you should disconnect your computer from the Internet, because you’ll be unable to reset some content that is in using while connecting to the Internet.

 

1) Type cmd in the taskbar search box. Right-click Command Prompt (or cmd if you’re using Windows 7) to select Run as administrator, and then click Yes to confirm.

2) In Command Prompt, type the following commands (to stop BITS, Cryptographic, MSI Installer and the Windows Update Services), and press Enter after each time you type each command.

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

3) Then you should rename the SoftwareDistribution and Catroot2 folder in your computer. You can type the two commands below to do that. Press Enter after each time you type each command.

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

4) Now you can restart the BITS, Cryptographic, MSI Installer and the Windows Update Services. Type the following commands in Command Prompt, and Press Enter after you type each command.

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

5) Exit Command Prompt and restart your computer.

6) Try Windows Update again to see if it works.

 

Fix 5: Install the update manually

If the Windows Update error 0x80070652 still appears after the above solutions, you can try to download and install the updates manually from Windows download center.

1) Type Windows Update in the Search box on your desktop, and click Windows Update settings.

2) Click View update history.

3) Starting from the most recent dates, find an update for Windows that has failed to install, and then double-click the update to view more information. Updates that have failed to install will display Failed under the Status column.

4) Go to Microsoft download center.

5) Search the update package by typing the KB article number.

5) Download and install the update package in your computer.


That’s it. Hope the five solutions help you fix the Windows Update error 0x80070652 and enable you to install the Windows updates without problems.

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