Windows 11 Update Error 0x80070103 – How to fix?

Windows Update error 0x80070103 occurs when the system is unable to install or update a driver for a particular hardware component. Typically, this error occurs when Windows Update tries installing an already existing driver update. If you’re getting this error and are looking for a way to fix it, check out the instructions below.

Windows 11 Update Error 0x80070103 - How to fix

What Causes This Error?

Windows Update error 0x80070103 typically occurs when there is a problem with installing or updating a driver for a hardware component on your computer. This error can be caused by a number of factors, such as:

  1. Outdated or incompatible drivers: The error can occur if there are outdated or incompatible drivers for a hardware component on your computer.
  2. Multiple driver updates: Sometimes, when there are multiple driver updates available for a hardware component, Windows Update may not be able to install all of them, resulting in error 0x80070103.
  3. Blocked driver updates: If a particular driver update is blocked on your computer, it can cause the error.
  4. Internet connectivity issues: Windows Update requires a stable and strong internet connection to download and install updates. If your internet connection is weak or unstable, it can cause this error.
  5. Firewall or antivirus software: Firewall or antivirus software can sometimes interfere with the Windows Update service, causing the error.
  6. Corrupted system files: If there are corrupted system files on your computer, it can cause issues with the Windows Update service, resulting in error 0x80070103.

 How to fix Windows 11 Update Error 0x80070103

If you are encountering Windows Update error 0x80070103 on Windows 11, you can try the following solutions to fix the issue:

  1. Check for incompatible drivers: This error is often caused by an outdated or incompatible driver on your computer. Open Device Manager and look for any devices with a warning sign or exclamation mark next to them. Right-click on the device and select “Update driver” to check for any available updates.
  2. Hide the update: If the error persists even after updating drivers, you can try hiding the update that is causing the issue. Open Windows Update, right-click on the update, and select “Hide update.” This will prevent the update from being installed until a fix is available.
  3. Run the Windows Update Troubleshooter: Open the Settings app and go to Update & Security > Troubleshoot. Run the Windows Update Troubleshooter to automatically detect and fix any issues with the Windows Update service.
  4. Manually download and install the update: If none of the above steps work, you can manually download and install the update from the Microsoft Update Catalog. Go to the catalog website, search for the update by its KB number, and download and install it manually.

If the issue still persists even after trying these steps, you may want to contact Microsoft support for further assistance.