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Fix Potential Windows Update Database error detected 0x80070490

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With Windows 10 Microsoft Set windows updates to install Automatically, But sometimes you may not able to install Windows Updates due to miscellaneous reasons. Windows update might get stuck or you will not be able to update your Windows because of Windows Update Database Corruption Error. And While Run The Inbuilt Windows update Troubleshooting Tool to fix windows update Problems It Results Potential Windows Update Database error detected 0x80070490 or Windows Update components must be repaired! If you Are also Suffering from this Error And looking to get rid of this, Here apply Solutions below.




The Potential Windows Update Database error detected or Windows Update components must be repaired Error mostly Occur when the Update File Storage Folder ( Software Distribution, Catroot 2 Folder ) Get Corrupted or Some files get missing. This may be while Install new updates or while upgrading Windows to a newer version. Apart from that, it can occur when you select several other functions such as “Repair Windows Update” or similar.

Fix Potential Windows Update Database error

Getting Potential Windows Update Database error detected in Windows 10 while running Windows Update Troubleshooter? Here’s how to Repair Windows Update Database Corruption in Windows 10 and Fix update Database error detected 0x80070490.

Note: Bellow Solutions Also Applicable To fix :

  • Repair Windows update database corruption failed
  • Windows Update database error 0x800f081f
  • Windows Update database error registration is missing or corrupt
  • Windows Update database error update service not running
  • Windows Update database error code 80072ee2
  • Windows Update database was stuck

Run System File Checker (sfc /scannow)

As Discussed corrupted system files are the main Reason Behind this Potential Windows Update Database error, First Try to Repair these files. Windows Have a builtin SFC ( System file Checker ) Utility which help to Scan And Restore Missing, damaged, corrupted files with a cached copy that is located in a compressed folder at %WinDir%\System32\dllcache.

To Run System File Checker Utility Open Command Prompt As Administrator. You Can Do this From Start Search box, type cmd, and then press CTRL+SHIFT+ENTER. Now Type command sfc /scannow and press enter key to execute the command.

Run System file Checker Tool
Run System file Checker Tool

This will Start the Scanning process for missing or corrupted system files. If found Any then the utility will Replace them from %WinDir%\System32\dllcache. You only have to wait until 100% complete the scanning process. This Will show the Scan Results. If the Scan Result is Windows Resource Protection did not find any integrity violations or Windows Resource Protection found corrupt files and successfully repaired them Then Simply Restart Windows And check for update on next login.

If the SFC Utility Scan Results Windows Resource Protection found corrupt files but was unable to fix some of them. This cause you need to run the DISM Tool Which Enable SFC Utility To do its job. 

Run DISM (Deployment Image Servicing and Management) Tool

DISM stands for Deployment Image Servicing and Management and it’s a tool which can be used to repair and service Windows images. Mostly We Recommend To Run This Tool When SFC Utility Fails To do its Job (Fix And Restore missing system files ). This Tool is helpful to Repair Corrupted images especially in situations where the System File Checker doesn’t help.

To Run, This Tool Open Command Prompt As Administrator, Type Command Bellow, And Hit Enter key to execute the same.




DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth

Windows 10 DISM RestoreHealth Command
Windows 10 DISM RestoreHealth Command

The repairing process may take several minutes, so you need to be patient and wait till it gets completed. Once done, Again Run Sfc / Scannow After 100% Complete close the command prompt and restart your computer and then run Windows Update again.

Also, Check How To Run DISM RestoreHealth with Source options

Reset Windows Update Components Manually

If After Repair or Restore The Corrupted, Missing System Files Still having issue while installing windows updates and Getting Potential Windows Update Database error detected Windows Update Database Corruption Error. Then Reset Windows Update components manually which reset the entire update utility and start the updating process from scratch.

To do This Open command prompt As Administrator And Type command Bellow One By One And hit Enter key To execute them. First We have To Stop Some windows update Related Services. You can use the following commands in order to stop the processes of Windows Update Services, MSI Installer, BITS, and Cryptographic.

net stop wuauserv

net stop bits 

net stop cryptSvc

net stop msiserver

Next, you have to rename the SoftwareDistribution and catroot2 folders. To do this, type the following commands in the command prompt one by one and press Enter:

ren C:\Windows\SoftwareDistribution SoftwareDistribution.old
ren C:\Windows\System32\catroot2 Catroot2.old

Now, After That, it’s time to start all the update Related Services which we stopped before. To start them, enter following commands one by one and hit the Enter button:

Reset Software Distribution Folder
Reset Software Distribution Folder

net start msiserver

net start cryptSvc

net start bits

net start wuauserv

That’s All! You have Successfully Reset the windows update components. Now Restart windows computer to Take effect the Changes. Then After try installing Windows Update once again. You shouldn’t be facing potential Windows update database error detected Windows 10 problem this time.

Perform a Clean Boot and then Install Windows Update

Also If all Above Methods Fails Then Sometimes, performing a clean boot might help you in getting rid of Potential Windows Update Database error on Windows 10. You can Perform Clean Boot And Install Windows updates by following steps.




First Open System configuration By press Win + R, Type msconfig and hit the enter key.

Step (1): First of all, open Run dialog box by pressing Windows + R keys together and then type msconfig and click OK. Here under General tab and make sure “Selective startup” section is checked and uncheck “Load startup items” option As shown bellow image.

perform Clean Boot
perform Clean Boot

Next, Move to the Services tab Here check the box “Hide all Microsoft services”. And click on “Disable all” button to disable all the unnecessary services which might cause conflict.

Disable All Other Startup Services
Disable All Other Startup Services

Again move to to the Startup tab and click on “Open Task Manager” link. The Windows 10 Task Manager window will appear. Here under the Start-up tab, disable all the startup items which are enabled.

Disable Startup Applications
Disable Startup Applications

That’s All click on OK button and close the System Configuration dialog box. This will Ask For Restart to Take Effect the Changes, restart your Windows 10 computer and try installing Windows updates. This time, you will not face any Windows update database corruption error.

After Successfully install windows updates, To Start windows normally Again open System configuration By press Win + R, Type msconfig and hit the enter key, Under General Tab select the Normal Startup option, and then click OK and Restart windows.

Conclusion :

These are the most working solutions to Fix and Repair Windows Update database corruption and fix “Potential Windows Update Database error detected 0x80070490 error message in Windows 10 while running Windows Update Troubleshooter. I hope After Apply these Solutions your problem will get solved and you can successfully repair windows update database corruption windows 10. Face Any Difficulty while applying these solutions Feel Free to discuss on comments below. Also Read Reset Network Settings on Windows 10 Fall Creators update.

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