How to fix Windows update error code 0x80070003 or 0x80070002 under Windows 8, 7 or vista

This tutorial is a short solution if you receive the error 0x80070003 or 0x80070002, when you try to install Windows updates inside Windows 8, 7 or vista. The above error(s) happens when your computer has wrong date/time settings or when Windows update temporary folder is corrupted.  To resolve these errors, follow the solution given below.

Error code description:

{ Update failed

Error(s) found:

Code 80070003 Windows Update ran into a problem }

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How to fix Windows (8, 7 or vista) update error code 80070003 or 80070002

Method 1: Check you date and time settings.

Ensure sure that your computer's date and time are correct.

To do this :

a. Click on the “Date and Time” in the lower right corner

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b. In the window that opens, click on “Change date and time settings”.

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c. Press “Change date and time” to ensure that you have setup the correct date/time/year in your computer.

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d. When finished with date/time, press “Change time zone” to ensure that you have the proper time zone.

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e. Restart your computer and try to update your computer. If the problem persists, proceed to the next method.

Method 2: Remove (delete) Windows update installation files:

Step 1: Stop Windows Update service.

To do this:

a. Simultaneously press Windows key + R  to open run command box.

b. Inside run command box type: services.msc and press Enter

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c. Search for Windows Update service, then right click on it and select Stop.

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Step 2: Rename Windows update folder.

To do this:

a. Open “My Computer” and navigate to “C:\Windows folder.

b. Find and right click on “SoftwareDistribution” folder and choose rename.

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c: Rename the “SoftwareDistribution” folder to “SoftwareDistributionOLD” and press Enter.

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d. Ask “YES” to UAC warning and continue to next step.

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Step 3: Start Windows Update service, and try to update your computer.

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Method 3: Use the Microsoft Fix it 50202 Tool

Download and run Microsoft Fix it 50202 and then try to update your computer.

Source: Microsoft article 910336

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