Some Windows users may encounter the error code 0x80071a2d when trying to update Windows 10 operating system to the latest version or build. If you’re facing a similar issue, you can try the solutions provided in this post to successfully resolve the issue.
Fix 0x80071a2d Windows Update error
If you’re faced with this issue, you can try our recommended solutions below in no particular order and see if that helps to resolve the issue.
- Run Windows Update Troubleshooter
- Clear SoftwareDistribution folder
- Manually download the update from Microsoft Update Catalog
- Install the update via Update Assistant or Media Creation Tool
Let’s take a look at the description of the process involved concerning each of the listed solutions.
Before you try the solutions below, first restart your Windows 10 PC and rerun Windows Update and see if the update operation completes successfully.
1] Run Windows Update Troubleshooter
Your first port of call is to run the inbuilt Windows Update Troubleshooter and see if that helps to resolve the Windows Update failed 0x80071a2d issue.
2] Clear SoftwareDistribution folder
The Software Distribution folder in Windows 10 operating system is a folder located in the Windows directory and used to temporarily store files that may be required to install Windows Update on your computer. This solution requires you to clear the contents of the Software Distribution folder and see if that helps to resolve the issue.
3] Manually download the update from Microsoft Update Catalog
In this case, whereby you’re having issues downloading and installing updates via the Windows Update, you can manually download the update from the Microsoft Update Catalog and then run the standalone installer to install the update on your Windows 10 device.
4] Install the update via Update Assistant or Media Creation Tool
Windows Update can be installed via several other methods such as using the Update Assistant or Media Creation Tool.
For major updates like the Windows 10 Feature Update, you can manually update it using the two mentioned tools.
Hope this helps!