How to Fix Windows Installation Error 0x8007000B

An Installation error 0x8007000B is a very common error code and it appears mostly when you are trying to install new updates on your Windows PC. This error code indicates a problem with a file or folder path on your PC. 

In this post, we have discussed what possibly could have caused this error code along with six working solutions for this. Without any further ado, let’s first learn the working solutions. 

Fix Windows Installation Error 0x8007000B

Six Ways to Solve Installation Error 0x8007000B in Windows

If you are failing to install new updates on your computer because of an error code 0x8007000B, we suggest going through the below list of fixes and checking if any resolve this update error code. The six relevant fixes for this update error are as follows – 

1] Restart your Windows PC

If you haven’t rebooted your device for a long time, this may cause different bugs or issues on your computer including an error 0x8007000B. Sometimes a simple restart of your PC might fix temporary glitches or conflicts that originate an error code in the first place. Hence, we recommend restarting your computer and checking if the error resolves from the next login. 

2] Remove all peripheral and secondary devices

At times, an installation error 0x8007000B might also occur due to the presence of faulty peripheral devices attached to your device. Since there is no perfect way to ensure this, we suggest removing all peripheral or secondary devices and checking if the error code resolves after this. 

3] Troubleshoot Windows Update

If you have already rebooted your device several times with no gain to solve this installation error 0x8007000B, you better try the troubleshooter. This is an in-built tool on Windows that diagnoses and repairs the probable issues on your computer. 

Here’s how to go ahead with troubleshooting Windows Update –

  • Press Windows + X, and select Settings.
  • When the Settings app opens up, navigate to the below path on it –

Settings > System > Troubleshoot > Other troubleshooters

  • When this expands, locate Windows Update under “Most frequent”, and hit the Run button available beside it. 

Windows 11 Update Troubleshooter

  • When the troubleshooting tool launches, hit Next and follow the on-screen instructions. 

Hopefully, the installation error 0x8007000B resolves after you attempt this fix. If not, you may follow the next set of solutions discussed below.

4] Purge Windows Update Cache Folders

The Windows Update cache folders store temporary files that may sometimes get corrupted and start causing update-related issues on your PC. SoftwareDsitribution and Catroot2 are two such folders that you must purge from time to time to avoid unnecessarily getting into an update error code. 

Here’s a detailed guide on how to clear both the SoftwareDistribution and Catroot2 folders on your Windows 11/10 PC. 

Note: Make sure to stop all update services on your computer before purging the above two folders. This is because if you fail to do so, some complex error codes might pop up and corrupt the entire operating system.

5] Run System File Checker

The presence of some third-party apps, especially an antivirus program often corrupts the system files due to its constant interaction with them. If that’s the case, you better uninstall or at least disable such an application and then perform an SFC Scan on your computer. Follow the below instructions on how to carry out this process – 

  • Press Windows + X and select Terminal (Admin).
  • Click Yes on the UAC prompt to authorize opening the Terminal as an administrator.
  • Press Ctrl + Shift + 2 to invoke Command Prompt on the same terminal.
  • On the elevated console, type the following, and press Enter.

sfc /scannow

SFC in Windows CMD Terminal

Wait for the next 10-15 minutes so that this scanning/repairing process completes 100%. You may minimize the console window and continue with your other work as well. 

6] Check for Disk Errors

If none of the above solutions help to address this installation error 0x8007000B in Windows, there might lie some sort of corruption within your disk drive. In such a scenario, one may use the built-in Windows utility called “Check Disk” to scan and repair disk errors. Here’s how to perform this task – 

  • Press Windows + R to launch the Run dialog.
  • Type CMD on it and press Ctrl + Shift + Enter.
  • Doing so will launch the Command prompt having admin rights. 
  • You may now copy/paste the following code on it and press Enter –

chkdsk C: /f

CHKDSK Windows 11

  • If the root drive differs in your laptop or desktop, replace C: with your appropriate drive letter. 
  • Since the root drive is already in use, there appears a message asking if you really want to initiate the disk checkup utility program the next time your PC restarts. Type “Y” without quotes and hit Enter
  • You may now close the terminal and restart your Windows PC. 

The disk checkup utility program will startup next and begin searching for bad sectors on the chosen disk drive. After this scan completes, you will receive a report stating whether your disk drive is all okay to use or requires a replacement. 

If this scan indeed reports some bad sectors on your disk drive, you must purchase a new SSD/HDD and place it inside your computer. Do note that you must perform a clean installation of Windows on your computer next. This becomes an essential task as all previous data are lost on the old disk drive.