There were some problems installing updates, but we’ll try again later (0x800705b4)

While updating your Windows PC if you receive an error message – There were some problems installing updates, but we’ll try again later on Windows 10, then this post may help you. The accompanying error codes could be any one of these – 0x800705b4, 0x8024402f, 0x80070422, 0x8024002e, etc.


I recently faced this issue while updating my Windows 10 Dell XPS, which I had not updated for a long time. This is what I did and this is what helped me. I hope it helps you too.

There were some problems installing updates


1] Open Windows Explorer and navigate to C:\Windows\SoftwareDistribution.  Now delete all the contents of the SoftwareDistribution folder. The SoftwareDistribution folder in Windows operating system is a folder located in the Windows directory and used to temporarily store files which may be required to install Windows Update on your computer.

2] Next run the Windows Update Troubleshooter. The troubleshooter will run and attempt to identify if any problems exist which prevent your computer from downloading and installing Windows Updates.

You could also run Microsoft’s online troubleshooter to fix Windows Update Errors. It fixes error codes like 0x80073712, 0x800705B4, 0x80004005, 0x8024402F, 0x80070002, 0x80070643, 0x80070003, 0x8024200B, 0x80070422, 0x80070020, etc.

3] Having done this, run Windows Update in Clean Boot State. To do this, you will have to boot your Windows PC in Clean Boot State. This post will show you how to perform Clean Boot.

When you start the computer in clean boot, the computer starts by using a pre-selected minimal set of drivers and startup programs. So you see only a minimum group of needed system programs are loaded and so there is nothing to interfere with the Windows Update process.

There were some problems installing updates

I did this and I was able to install the Windows Updates on my Windows 10 PC. I hope it helps you too.

See this post if Windows Update fail to install and you need further troubleshooting suggestions.

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Anand Khanse is the Admin of, a 10-year Microsoft MVP Awardee in Windows (2006-16) & a Windows Insider MVP. Please read the entire post & the comments first, create a System Restore Point before making any changes to your system & be careful about any 3rd-party offers while installing freeware.