Fix Windows Update error code 0x80070002 on Windows 10

If you have received Windows Update error code 0x80070002 and are looking for a way to fix it, you have come to the right place. This error can occur when running Windows Update, using the Microsoft Store or even while upgrading from Windows 7 or Windows 8 to Windows 10. Other similar error codes arise due to errors inside the Registry Editor, using Microsoft Outlook, Date and Time is out of sync, some third-party blockage or anything else.

Error code 0x80070002, ERROR_FILE_NOT_FOUND stands for HRESULT_FROM_WIN32 and may be used to indicate that a required file may be missing or that the device has been disconnected or unplugged.

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Windows Update error code 0x80070002

We will be checking out the following fixes to get rid of error code 0x80070002 for Windows Update on Windows 10/8/7:

  1. Disable your security software temporarily
  2. Run Windows Update Troubleshooter.
  3. Run System File Checker
  4. Check Windows Update related Services status.
  5. Reset Windows Update components.
  6. Sync Date & Time.

1] Disable your security software temporarily

In the System tray on the right corner of your taskbar, right-click on the icon of your Antivirus and then click on the option that refers to disabling your antivirus protection temporarily.

You may temporarily disable Windows Defender if you use it on Windows 10. Additionally, you can disable your Windows Firewall protection too. It is because the Windows Firewall monitors and authorizes or denies and inward or outward connection from your computer.

You can check again if your issue is resolved or not.

Make sure that you enable this software once the Windows Update is downloaded and installed usually.

2] Use Windows Update Troubleshooter

Windows Update Troubleshooter

You can run either the Windows Update Troubleshooter or Microsoft’s Online Windows Update Troubleshooter. They are one of the most reliable solutions to fix the problem.

3] Run System File Checker

To  run System File Checker, open Command Prompt with Administrator rights and then execute the command  “sfc /scannow.” Restart your system after the scan completes.

4] Configure Windows Update related Services status

In an elevated Command Prompt, run the following commands:

SC config wuauserv start= manual
SC config bits start= delayed-auto
SC config cryptsvc start= auto
SC config trustedinstaller start= auto

It will ensure that the required Services are available when the computer boots.

5] Reset Windows Update Components & folders

The following links will help you if you need to restore Windows Update components to default:

  1. Reset Windows Update Agent
  2. Delete files inside the SoftwareDistribution folder
  3. Reset Catroot2 folder.

6] Sync Date and Time

You need to have a correct Date and Time set on your computer to access various Windows 10 services.

  • Open the Settings app.
  • Navigate to Time & Language > Date & time.
  • On the right side panel, turn the toggle On for Set time automatically and Set time zone automatically.
  • Click on Region & language on the left side panel.
  • Make sure that the Country or region on the right side panel is the same as the country that you live.

Close the Settings app and Reboot your computer for the changes to take effect.

Let us know if these tips helped you to fix error 0x80070002.

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