How to fix Windows update error 0x800704f1?

Issue: Hello. The settings app keeps telling me that Windows is out of date. However, each time I try to update, I receive an error code 0x800704f1. Could you please help me to resolve this?

Solved Answer

Updating Windows is one of the more important maintenance tasks that users should always take care of – they fix bugs, patch software vulnerabilities,[1] improve stability and performance, and implement new features. Since Microsoft operates Windows as a service, users can expect new updates to come at least every Patch Tuesday,[2] which occurs on every month's second or fourth Tuesday.

0x800704f1 is one of the errors users might encounter while trying to update their Windows operating systems, and it doesn't matter which type of updates are being installed – security, cumulative, or feature.[3] The issue can come up when the updates are initiated manually via the settings app or automatically.

In most cases, users attempt to restart their devices or wait a few days, as Windows update errors can resolve by themselves (this usually happens due to unstable internet connection by the user or server issues from Microsoft's side). However, people reported that the 0x800704f1 error would not go away even after waiting for several days or even weeks.

It is important to make sure that Windows is fully updated for better security and usability. If you are not sure where to start when trying to fix the 0x800704f1 error, you came to the right place, as we will suggest several solutions that should help you with the problem – restarting relevant services, running the troubleshooter, fixing corrupted files are among the few.

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Fix 1. Run the troubleshooter

Windows has excellent tools that are built-in – they are known as troubleshooters.

  • Type Troubleshoot in Windows search
  • Select Additional troubleshooters
  • Find Windows Update in the list
  • Click it and select Run the troubleshooter Run troubleshooter
  • Apply the suggested fixes and restart your machine.

Fix 2. Run SFC and DISM

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System file corruption is one of the most common reasons for various Windows errors, including those that affect the update process. You can run several commands via elevated Command Prompt in an attempt to fix them:

  • Type cmd in Windows search
  • Right-click on Command Prompt and pick Run as administrator
  • When User Account Control shows up, click Yes
  • Use the following command lines, pressing Enter after each:
    sfc /scannow
    DISM /Online /Cleanup-Image /CheckHealth
    DISM /Online /Cleanup-Image /ScanHealth
    DISM /Online /Cleanup-Image /RestoreHealth Run SFC and DISM
  • Reboot your system.

Fix 3. (Re)start Windows Update and BITS services

For Windows updates to be successful, certain services need to be operational. In case they are not running, problems might occur. If in your case, these services are already running, you should restart them instead.

  • Type in Services in Windows search and press Enter
  • Locate Background Intelligent Transfer Service (BITS)
  • If it is already running, right-click and select Restart
  • if the service is not running, double-click it, select Automatic under the Startup type from the drop-down menu
  • Click Start, Apply, and OK Restart Windows Update and BITS services
  • Perform the same steps with the Windows Update service.

Fix 4. Reset Windows Update components

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  • Open Command Prompt (Admin)
  • Copy and paste the following commands, pressing Enter every time:
    net stop wuauserv
    net stop cryptSvc
    net stop bits
    net stop msiserver
  • Press Win + E to open File Explorer
  • Go to the following locations and delete the contents of these folders:
    C:\Windows\SoftwareDistribution Reset Windows Update components
  • In Command Prompt, use the following commands:
    net start wuauserv
    net start cryptSvc
    net start bits
    net start msiserver
  • Reboot your PC.

Fix 5. Update manually

You can attempt to install the update manually.

  • Type Updates in Windows search and hit Enter
  • Click View update history
  • Here, note down the KB number which failed to be installed
  • Go to the official Microsoft Update Catalog website
  • Type the KB number into the search bar, and press Enter or click Search Install manually
  • You will find many different versions on the update – you need to find the one that matches your PC specs and Windows version (as a home user, ignore Windows server versions)
  • Right-click on Start and pick System
  • Under Device specifications, check the System type section: it should either be 64-bit or 32 bit
  • Scroll down to Windows specifications and check the Version
  • With all this information, pick the correct version for your device
  • Go back to the Microsoft Update catalog, download the appropriate version, and install it

Fix 6. Use Media Creation Tool

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If none of the above solutions helped, you could always attempt to install the update with the help of the Media Creation Tool. Before proceeding, please make sure you disconnect all the unneeded devices and make backups of your personal files.

  • Visit the official Microsoft website to download Windows 10 files
  • Double-click the installer, agree to the Terms and click Next
  • Select Upgrade this PC now and click Next Install via Media Creation Tool
  • Wait till Windows downloads all the necessary files
  • Restart your PC once finished.

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