How to fix Windows update error 0x8007371c?


Issue: How to fix Windows update error 0x8007371c?

Hi. Every time I try to update Windows, I receive an error 0x8007371c. I tried rebooting and also waited for almost a week now but to no avail. I would be grateful if any solution for this could be provided.

Solved Answer

Windows is a very powerful, customizable, and the most popular operating system in the world. Not only home users but also businesses rely on various OS versions to perform daily tasks. A disrupted update process can cause serious issues to both regular users and those working at the corporations.

Unfortunately, Windows update errors are relatively common, and most users who used Windows 10 for a prolonged time would have experienced it at least once. This time, we are talking about an error 0x8007371c and will explore the solutions that should help you fix the issue once and for all.

The error typically occurs when an automatic or manual system update (typically, cumulative)[1] is initiated, and it reads the following:

Updates failed

There were problems installing some updates, but we'll try again later.
[Date] Cumulative Update for Windows 10 Version XX for x64-based Systems (KBXXXXXXX) – Error 0x8007371c

The message is rather generic, and we saw similar error codes using it as well before, including 0x800f0986, 0x800f0990, or 0x800f0984. In any case, it does not explain why the error occurs or what users should do in order to fix it.

To start the troubleshooting, we should first get to the root cause of the situation. For some people, Windows update errors might go away just by simply waiting for a few days – this usually happens when there are problems with Microsoft's servers or when the user's internet connection is unstable.

How to fix Windows update error 0x8007371c?

However, most people claimed that waiting did not do anything, and they still couldn't update their system. This is because there could be several underlying issues causing it. They include:

  • Issues with correlating Windows services
  • Damaged Windows update components
  • Corrupted system files
  • Third-party software, especially antivirus software.

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1. Temporarily uninstall your security software

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It is not a secret that some third-party security programs might have compatibility issues with Windows OS. There should be no two antivirus programs running unless one of them is a complementary application that does not interfere with another's work.

Nonetheless, it is known that some security apps can be overly aggressive when it comes to data packets downloaded from the internet. To be precise, some anti-malware might start blocking certain connections to Microsoft servers. Thus, when dealing with Windows update errors, it is recommended to temporarily uninstall third-party security software.

Alternatively, you could also access your anti-malware app's settings and add all Microsoft servers to the list of exceptions:

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2. Run Windows update troubleshooter

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

3. (Re)start relevant services

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You should ensure that BITS and Windows Update services are running. If they are already running, you should restart them.

  • 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 Start BITS service
  • Do the same with Windows Update service
  • If these services are already running, right-click and pick Restart. Restart services

4. Install the update manually

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You can try downloading and installing the missing update manually. Here's how:

  • In Windows search, type in Update and press Enter
  • Click View Update History View update history
  • Find the error code and check the KB number next to it – write it down or copy it
  • Open your browser and go to Microsoft Update Catalog
  • Within the search bar, use the KB number that failed to install with the 0x8007371c error
  • Find the correct version of the update for your operating system (to check this, right-click on Start and pick System. Under Device specifications and check the System type) and click Download Download update manually
  • Proceed with on-screen instructions and restart your PC once done.

5. Run SFC and DISM scans

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To ensure that no Windows system files are corrupted, run commands in the elevated Command Prompt.

  • Type cmd in Windows search
  • Right-click on Command Prompt result and select Run as administrator
  • Paste the following command into the new window:
    sfc /scannow Run SFC and DISM
  • Press Enter and wait till the scan is finished
  • If the scan fixed corrupted files, restart and try updating again. If nothing was found or it returned an error, proceed with the following commands:
    DISM /Online /Cleanup-Image /CheckHealth
    DISM /Online /Cleanup-Image /ScanHealth
    DISM /Online /Cleanup-Image /RestoreHealth
  • Restart your PC.

6. Reset Windows update components

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If Windows update components were corrupted in some way, removing catches should resolve the problem.

  • Access Command Prompt as administrator (explained above)
  • Use the following commands, pressing Enter each time:
    net stop wuauserv
    net stop cryptSvc
    net stop bits
    net stop msiserver
  • Press Win + E to open File Explorer (make sure Hidden Files are visible)
  • Go to the following locations and delete the contents of these folders:
    C:\\Windows\\SoftwareDistribution Reset Windows update components
  • Go back to Command Prompt and use these lines:
    net start wuauserv
    net start cryptSvc
    net start bits
    net start msiserver
  • Restart your PC.

7. Use Media Creation Tool

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If the above methods did not help, you could employ Media Creation Tool to perform an in-place upgrade. Before proceeding, we recommend you backup your personal files and disconnect all external devices except the mouse and keyboard.

  • Go to the official Microsoft website and download Media Creation Tool
  • Double-click the installer, agree to terms and click Next
  • Select Upgrade this PC now > Next Use Media Creation Tool
  • At this point, wait till Windows downloads and installs the necessary files
  • Your system might restart several times.

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