How to Fix Update Error 0x800703F1 in Windows 10

Did you lately encounter the error 0x800703F1 while upgrading Windows to the next available version? Well, this bug does appear when there are missing files on the computer or the update components have become corrupt. The mere presence of Nvidia or related software may sometimes result in similar bugs or errors.

Many a time, an incorrect configuration inside Updates Services might also cause the error 0x800703F1. So, check whether all services are working fine and are in a good state or not. If they are in their default state, try these fixes – Uninstall Nvidia, Run SFC, Use Update Troubleshooter, etc. Manually upgrading Windows 10 Cumulative Update is the best way to overcome this issue. 

Windows 10 Update Error 0x800703F1 Solutions

Before proceeding to the solutions, we suggest checking the status of a few Windows Update Services. Here’s how to check the current status of these services –

Check Windows Update Services Status

  • Use “Win + S” to open the Search bar, type “services”, and click the top result.
  • When the services window comes into view, scroll down and view the status of the following services –

Background Intelligent Transfer Service – Manual

Cryptographic Services – Automatic

DCOM Server Process Launcher – Automatic

Windows Update Medic Services – Manual

Windows Update Service – Manual (Triggered)

RPC Endpoint Mapper –  Automatic

Windows Installer – Manual

Your device should meet the above configuration. If not, right-click on each one of them separately and choose the appropriate mode. 

If the error persists even after the services match to the above configuration, try the following suggestions –

1. Uninstall Nvidia drivers

Several users mentioned on Windows 10 forums that they solve this issue simply by uninstalling the Nvidia drivers. If there are Nvidia drivers or related software on the computer, remove them first. Restart Windows to remove any leftover files as well. 

Sign back into your device and reinstall Nvidia drivers. If the error 0x800703F1 still occurs, try the next set of solutions.

2. Run System File Checker

The presence of corrupt or damaged system files may also prevent the update process from occurring. SFC is a great in-built utility program to repair such faulty files or folders on Windows 10. Here are the essential steps to work upon –

SFC Scannow

  • Usually, this takes 15-20 minutes in scanning and repairing corrupt/missing files. So, wait accordingly.
  • Once this completes the whole process, Restart Windows.

3. Run Windows Update Troubleshooter

If the error 0x800703F1 is still appearing, there may lie some corruption inside the Windows Update files or services. Update Troubleshooter is a great tool by Microsoft that can find and repair all update-related bugs and errors on Windows 10 PC. Here’s how to run this troubleshooter –

  • First of all, navigate to the below path –

Settings (Win + I) > Update & Security > Troubleshoot > Additional troubleshooters

  • Click to expand Windows Update box and hit Run the troubleshooter.

Run the Windows Update Troubleshooter - Update error 0x8024a000

  • Now, follow the on-screen instructions to complete the remaining steps.

The error must have resolved by now

4. Restart Windows Update Components

Sometimes, this bug arises simply due to corruption inside the Update components. To correct this, you need to manually restart all Windows Update components. Here’s how to perform this task –

  • Use Win+R to launch the Run dialog.
  • Type “cmd” and press Ctrl+Shift+Enter keys together to start Command Prompt as Admin.
  • Now, execute the below codes one after another. Make sure to press Enter at the end of each command.

net stop wuauserv
net stop cryptSvc
net stop bits
net stop msiserver
ren C:WindowsSoftwareDistribution SoftwareDistribution.old
ren C:WindowsSystem32catroot2 Catroot2.old
net start wuauserv
net start cryptSvc
net start bits
net start msiserver

  • Once over, Restart Windows so that changes made come into effect from the next login.

Sign back into Windows and try to perform Windows Update again. If the problem still exists, try the next fix.

5. Perform Clean Boot 

At times, third-party applications start interfering with core files resulting in similar error codes. To rule out this, you must perform a clean boot and check if you are now able to update Windows or not. Here’s how to proceed –

  • Make a right-click on Win icon and select Run.
  • Type msconfig and hit OK to launch System Configuration.

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  • Head over to the Services tab and mark “Hide all Microsoft services” checkbox.
  • Next, click Disable all.
  • Switch to the Boot tab, mark “safe boot” checkbox under Boot options.
  • Tick the box left of the “Minimal” option as well and hit Apply then OK.

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  • Your computer will restart and enter the Safe Mode.
  • Navigate to the below path and try to update Windows once again.

Settings > Update & Security > Windows Update > Check for Updates

If the 0x800703F1 error is appearing due to some third-party apps, checking for updates should work now. This is because all such programs remain disabled in the Clean Boot state. 

6. Manually download and install the Standalone Package

In case none of the above fixes work to solve the 0x800703F1 bug, one should go for manually upgrading Windows. Here is the complete guideline –

  • At first, browse to Windows 10 Update history.
  • Click the respective Windows 10 Edition available on the left pane.
  • Scroll down to “In this Release” and click the top link.
  • Move to the right side and note down the “KB” number.
  • Visit Microsoft Update Catalog and type the copied “KB” number in the text field. 
  • Hit Enter and it displays a list of available updates, choose one matching the system architecture.
  • Click the Download button followed by the Top link on the upcoming window.
  • When the download completes, double-click the setup file to start upgrading Windows 10 OS.

Once over, you won’t get the 0x800703F1 bug anymore while upgrading Windows.