0x80070490 error code in Windows Update [FIXED]

By Enya Zhang  Common Errors  Windows Update   0 Comment

If Windows throws you this 0x80070490 error, don’t panic. Many users have reported this too and luckily they manage to solve this woe with one of the following fixes…

What you might want to know about 0x80070490

The 0x80070490 error mostly happens when users are doing a Windows update, upgrading their Windows system, or trying to purchase/install an app from Windows Store. It can be due to misconfigured system files, a virus or adware/spyware attack etc. 

Try these fixes

All the fixes below work in Windows 10. You may not have to try all of them; just work your way down the list until the error goes away:

  1. Run Windows Update Troubleshooter
  2. Run the SFC scan
  3. Run DISM
  4. Reset the Windows Update components

Fix 1: Run Windows Update Troubleshooter

Windows Update Troubleshooter is a useful troubleshooting tool that helps us solve update issues. Here’s how to run Troubleshooter:

1) On your keyboard, press the Windows logo key   and type troubleshoot, then click Troubleshoot.

2) Click Windows Update > Run the troubleshooter.

3) Follow the on-screen instructions to troubleshoot.

4) Restart your computer and see if this has fixed the error.


Fix 2: Run the SFC scan

System File Checker (SFC) is a handy feature in Windows that helps scan your system files and repair missing or corrupted system files(including those related to error 0x80070490). To run the SFC scan:

1) On your keyboard, press the Windows logo key  and type cmd. Then right click on Command Prompt and click Run as administrator.

Click Yes when prompted to confirm.

2) In the command prompt window, type sfc /scannow and press Enter.

It’ll take some time for the SFC to replace the corrupted system files with new ones if it detects any, so please be patient. 🙂
3) Restart your computer and see if the error 0x80070490 has been solved.


Fix 3: Run DISM

DISM (Deployment Image & Servicing Management) is another tool that helps us fix Windows-corruption-caused errors (0x80070490 in this case). To run DISM:

1) On your keyboard, press the Windows logo key  and type cmd. Then right click on Command Prompt and click Run as administrator.

2) Type the following command and press Enter:

DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth

Wait a while for the whole process to finish. 

3) Type sfc /scannow and press Enter.

4) Restart your computer, perform the update again and see if it works successfully this time.


Fix 4: Reset the Windows Update components

The corrupted Windows Update components can also be responsible for our error code 0x80070490. If this is the case, then we might have to reset the components in order to solve the problem. To reset the Windows Update components:

1) On your keyboard, press the Windows logo key  and type cmd. Then right click on Command Prompt and click Run as administrator.

2) Type the following commands and press Enter after each:

net stop bits 
net stop wuauserv
net stop appidsvc
net stop cryptsvc

(These commands will stop the services that Windows Update requires to download and install updates.)

3) Copy & paste the following commands and press Enter after each:

Ren %systemroot%\SoftwareDistribution SoftwareDistribution.old 
Ren %systemroot%\system32\catroot2 catroot2.old

4) Still in Command Prompt, type these commands and press Enter after each to restart the services you closed just now:

net start bits 
net start wuauserv
net start appidsvc
net start cryptsvc

5) Check and see if this has fixed the error code.


There you go – top 4 methods to fix your 0x80070490 problem. Hope this helps and fee free to comment below if you have any further problems.

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