How to fix windows 10 error code 0x80073712
Windows 10 has displayed one of the most efficient and user-friendly interfaces. However there have been many issues on the backend of this commonly praised operating system: For example, Windows Update is still a wonky and error-laded system application. One example of this error is Windows Update Error 0x80073712 which stands in the way of users just wanting to keep their PC’s updated hassle free.
The error code 0x80073712 signifies that a file needed by Windows Update to function is either damaged, missing, or corrupted. However, this does not mean that your Windows version will forever stay as is with no mode to update it. Windows Update Error 0x80073712 is perfectly fixable with the set of provided steps below and some of Windows’ built-in troubleshooting steps:
Solution 1: Open Windows Update Troubleshooter
- Open the Windows Update Troubleshooter by pressing the Window Key and “S” key simultaneously.
- Enter the word “Troubleshoot” in the search box and select the Troubleshoot result
- On the new window, select “Windows Update” to troubleshoot.
- Run the troubleshooter, then open Windows Update and try to install the update again.
Solution 2: Run the DISM tool
- Open the command prompt by pressing Windows Key and “S” key simultaneously
- Enter “cmd” in the search box. Right Click command prompt among the results and select “Run as administrator”
- In the Command Prompt window type the following and press the Enter key after every command
DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Scanhealth
DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth
- To close the Administrator: Command prompt window, type Exit, and then press Enter.
- Run Windows Update again.
Solution 3: Rename the Software Distribution folder
- Open the command prompt as previously mentioned
- Input the following command pressing Enter after every line
net stop wuauserv
net stop cryptSvc
net stop bits
net stop msiserver
rename c:windowsSoftwareDistribution softwaredistribution.old
net start wuauserv
net start cryptSvc
net start bits
net start msiserver
- Restart the PC and run the updater if it works again.
Solution 4: Restart Windows Update Services
- Press Windows logo key and R together to open Run -> Input services.msc -> and press Enter
- Search for the Windows Update service -> Check its status
- If it is not indicated, right-click on the service and select Start to force start your Windows Update
- If you see an error, locate the Startup Type option and set it to Automatic
- Now you should reboot your computer and see if your Windows Update is OK
Solution 5: Fix Registry Issues
If after all the aforementioned solutions, you still experience problems with Windows Update, the problem may lie in the registry that is either damaged or corrupted. You may choose to do manual editing of your Windows registry by opening your Windows registry editor. But doing so is risky as one wrong letter may do incalculable damage to your system. To do so safely for more inexperienced users., we recommend using a third party registry cleaner/tools, many of which can be found online.