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Fix: Potential windows update database error detected on windows 10

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Getting Potential Windows Update Database error detected or Windows Update components must be repaired! while running the windows update troubleshooting tool? Here some useful solutions to fix most of the windows update download and installation problems and fix error messages like potential windows update database error detected or wsus potential windows update database error detected 0x800f081f, 0x80070490, 0x8007000d etc.

How to fix “potential windows update database error detected” issue?

This error “Potential Windows update database error detected” mostly occur if the windows update database (software distribution folder, Where windows temporarily download update files) gets corrupted, installed an update bug, or may system files get corrupted, damaged, missing while recent windows upgrade process. Again sometimes virus/malware infection also cause Different windows update related problems.

Basic solutions: To fix potential windows update database error detected

First of all, make sure windows update service is running and its set to start automatically at startup. Because most of the times If you have disabled automatic Windows Update service and keep installing Windows 10 updates manually, you may face various errors such as 0x80070020,  0x80080005, 0x8024001f, 0x80244022, 0x80096004, and others.

Perform a full system scan with a latest updates antivirus application to make sure virus/ malware infection not causing any issue. Run third-party system optimize application like CCleaner to clean junk, temp, system error files and fix various broken registry errors.

Perform a clean boot to make sure any third party applications not causing the windows update installation error and results Potential Windows Update Database Error Detected message. because most of the times due to third-party applications interfere with Windows and cause this message to appear.

Run SFC utility ( To check & Fix corrupted system files )

If above basic solutions failed to fix windows update download and installation problem & again running Windows update troubleshooting tool results Potential Windows Update Database Error Detected then running the SFC utility is the effective solution which check and fix corrupted system files and fix different windows update related problems which may cause Potential Windows Update Database Error Detected error message.

To run SFC utility simply open the command prompt as administrator, Type command sfc /scannow and hit the enter key to execute the command. The system file checker utility will start scanning the system for missing, damages system files if found any the sfc utility will restore them from a compressed folder located on %WinDir%\System32\dllcache. Wait until 100% complete the scanning process after that restart to take effect the changes and again check for updates.

Run System file Checker Tool
Run System file Checker Tool

Run DISM Command ( To repair The system image )

If running SFC utility fails to fix corrupted system files, SFC scan results system file checker found corrupt files but was unable to fix them or Windows Resource Protection found corrupt files but was unable to fix some of them. That cause you need to run the DISM command ( DISM stands for Deployment Image Servicing and Management and it’s a tool which can be used to repair and service Windows images. )

DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-Image /RestoreHealth

DISM restorehealth command
DISM restorehealth command

DISM will replace potentially corrupted or missing system files with good ones. However, if your Windows Update client is already broken, you will be prompted to use a running Windows installation as the repair source or use a Windows side-by-side folder from a network share, as the source of the files. You will then be required to run the following command instead:

DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-Image /RestoreHealth /Source:C:\RepairSource\Windows /LimitAccess

Restart Windows update service and rename the affected files

This is the most effective solution to fix almost every windows update related problems, include Potential Windows Update Database Error Detected message simply by disabling Windows Update service and renaming the affected directories. To do that,

First Open Command Prompt as administrator. When Command Prompt opens, enter the following commands one by one and hit the enter key to execute the same:

  • 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 running these commands, restart your PC. Once your PC restarts, try to install Windows updates again. I am sure this time you didn’t get any windows update related errors. Or no need to run the Windows update troubleshooter which may results Potential windows update database error detected for you. Also, Read from our blog Quick tips to Fix Your DNS Server might be unavailable in Windows 10.

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