Fix: Windows 10 Update Error 0x8007042B – 0x2000D

Windows 10 receives new updates on a regular basis through either monthly patches or Insider Builds. When you update your existing OS to a newer version, there is a probability of new bugs and errors. The Update error 0x8007042B – 0x2000D is one such anomaly that interrupts intermediate processes including Windows Update. Once it appears won’t let you upgrade the current operating system even trying multiple times. 

The presence of faulty USB peripherals, third-party apps or antivirus, corrupt system files or updates are some of the probable reasons that start Error 0x8007042B – 0x2000D. The latest Windows 10 [19H2] OS has several built-in features that can resolve any update-related issues. Unplug-Replug the USB drive, Uninstall the third-party software, locate & repair obsolete files might fix the underlying cause behind this error. Use System Restore Points and Clean Install Windows 10 if none of the above solutions work. 

Fix – Windows 10 Update Error 0x8007042B – 0x2000D 

To fix the Update Error 0x8007042B – 0x2000D, use the following methods –

1} Remove additional USB peripherals

Sometimes the Installation failed Error 0x8007042B – 0x2000D might appear due to the presence of additional secondary peripheral devices. To fix this issue, just unplug these devices and thus resolve the unable to install updates conflict. If the error still appears, try the next workaround –

2} Uninstall Third-party Antivirus

Windows 10 provides a great utility that can identify and remove all the malware present on your Disk Drives. However, a few users still install a third-party antivirus to do this task. Such programs may prompt the Update error 0x8007042B – 0x2000D on your PC. In such scenarios, you should simply remove this specific app following the below steps –

  • Right-click on the Windows icon and select Settings from Power Menu.
  • Next, select the Apps category and move to the Apps & features section from the left pane.
  • Scroll down and right-click on the installed anti-malware application.
  • Hit the Uninstall button followed by Uninstall again on the popping menu to confirm the deletion.

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  • Finally, Restart your PC.

3} Download and install the pending updates manually

After disabling the third-party software, try downloading the pending updates manually. To circumvent the Error 0x8007042B – 0x2000D, visit the Microsoft website and download the specific cumulative files directly going through the below steps –

  • Note down the KB number that is causing the update-issue from the Windows update section.
  • Now visit the Microsoft Update Catalog and type the exact Knowledge-base number in the search bar then hit Enter.
  • Here from the updates list, click Download that is suitable as per your system architecture.

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  • When the setup downloads, click the .exe file to install the same.

Once the above task completes, Restart your system and check if the Installation failed Error 0x8007042B – 0x2000D resolved or not. If not, move to the next workaround-

4} Remove the recent changes to applications

A new app or driver installation may lead to Windows stuck issues. Hence, disabling the latest changes on existing apps or removing new applications will resolve the Update Error  0x8007042B – 0x2000D. Just follow these simple steps –

  • Click on the Search icon and type Control Panel.
  • Tap over the well-matching result. 
  • Next, select Programs & features.
  • Now, put right-click on the recent apps and hit the Uninstall button.

uninstall application

  • If User Account Control appears, tap Yes.

When the uninstallation finishes, Reboot your PC.

5} Scan System files using SFC command

The presence of corrupt system files may also bring the installation failed error 0x8007042B – 0x2000D on Windows 10. It is thereby suggested to perform sfc/scannow to identify and repair such files. Here are the essential steps to follow –

Step-1: Press Win and S jointly and type Command Prompt in the text bar.

Step-2: Put the right-click on the well-matching result and choose Run as administrator option.

Step-3: When UAC appears, hit Yes.

Step-4: Type sfc /scannow and press Enter to start scanning the system files.

sfc scan

Step-5: This will take approx 15 minutes to complete, hence don’t perform any other task.  

When the above task completes, Restart your PC to let the system save the recent changes.

6} Perform DISM code

In case, sfc doesn’t fix the Installation failed Error 0x8007042B – 0x2000D, one should try running DISM code as well. This is because there is a possibility of a corrupt Windows image. To fix the corruption in Windows OS, DISM is the best tool. 

  • Click on the Search icon and type Command Prompt.
  • Move to the right pane and select Run as administrator.
  • Press Yes on UAC prompt, to allow the access. 
  • On the elevated console, type the following code and hit Enter.
 DISM /Online /Cleanup-Image /RestoreHealth

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  • The scanning process is beginning now, keep patience and let the process finished.
  • Lastly, Restart your system and check if the problem is still available while updating.

7} Rename SoftwareDistribution and Catroot2 folder

Since the working performance of the system relies on certain services, a corrupt one may arise 0x8007042B – 0x2000D bug. If that’s the case, you should reset the Windows update components following these steps-

  • Jointly press Win & X hotkey to launch the Power Menu.
  • Select Run from the list of options.
  • Inside the text area, type cmd and simultaneously hit Ctrl+Shift+Enter keys.
  • When the UAC prompt appears, tap Yes.
  • On the elevated console, type these codes one by one and hit 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

After you run these commands successfully, install the pending cumulative updates and check if the problem resolves or not.

8} Reset Migration directory to Migration.old

The renaming of the Migration directory may also fix the Update error 0x8007042B. Here’s how to proceed –

  • Press Windows key and E together to open the File Explorer.
  • When File Explorer prompts, navigate to the following path –
C:\ Windows\System32\Migration

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  • From the list of directories, right-click on the migration folder and select Rename using the context menu.
  • Now change the directory name to Migration.old. 
  • Once this task is over, Restart your PC to save the changes performed so far.

9} Use Earlier System Restore Point

You are able to retrieve back the Windows 10 OS to an earlier stable state using the system restore point (if you have ever created one). All you need is to follow these essential steps –

  • Type Create a Restore Point in the search bar and hit Enter.
  • Under System Properties wizard, tap the System protection tab.

System Restore point

  • Now click on the System Restore button followed by Next.
  • The list of restore points will appear; select the latest one and let it scan the affected programs. 
  • Afterward, tap Next then Finish to save the changes.
  • Once the Restoration process is over, “Restart your PC”.

10} Upgrade Windows 10 using Media Creation Tool 

If none of the fixes elaborated above resolve the update Error 0x8007042B – 0x2000D, you should perform a clean installation of Windows 10. Here’s how to proceed-

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  • Next, double click the .exe file to install this app.
  • Select the Upgrade this PC now radio button thereupon Next to start installing the setup.

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  • Choose the Download and install updates (recommended) then Next.
  • Tap the Accept button to acknowledge all the terms and licenses.

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  • Check to Keep personal files and apps thereafter press Next.
  • Now, go through the on-screen instructions to install the Windows setup successfully.

That’s it, we hope, you can now update your Windows 10 OS without receiving the Update Error 0x8007042B – 0x2000D.