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How To Fix Windows Update Error 0x80070490

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Windows 10 can some times give the Error 0x80070490 while updating the OS, app, or while upgrading to Win 10 from the previous windows version. Here we will discuss the fixes for this error.

How To Fix Error 0x80070490

The Error 0x80070490 indicates either a corrupted file or a process in System Component Store or in Component-Based Servicing. These two services look over the WIndows update installation.

There are multiple reasons why Windows Update Error 0x80070490 can pop up which include installing an update through Windows Update, updating an app from the Windows Store, corrupt Registry file, third-party anti-virus, and more. The following are the fixes for Windows 10 Error 0x80070490.

Fix #1

If you have installed a third-party anti-virus solution on your Windows 10 system, then chances are that is the problem. Before you go and disable the third-party anti-virus, first make sure you have disabled Window Defender.

Windows Defender is the built-in security solution for Windows and can cause a conflict with a third-party anti-virus resulting in Error 0x80070490. Disable Window Defender and see if that fixes the error.

If the error persists, then disable the anti-virus software. Restart your PC and check if the error is fixed.

Fix #2

If the above fix didn’t work or you don’t have a third-party anti-virus installed, then its probably a corrupt system file. This can be fixed using the System File Checker scan. Press “Windows + R”, type “CMD” and then press ” Ctrl + Shift + Enter”. Once the command prompt is open, type the following command and hit enter.

sfc /scannow

After the scan is complete and you get “CBS store is corrupted” or a similar result, then type the following command and hit enter.

Dism /Online /Cleanup-Image /RestoreHealth

Once the scan is complete, close the command prompt. Press “Windows + R”, type “services.msc” and press enter. A new window will open and you need to look for Windows Update entry. Right-click on the service > click “Restart”. After that, look for the Windows Module Installer and do the same. After that, try to update WIndows 10 and the error will be fixed.

Fix #3

If the above fixes have failed you and you are still facing the Windows Module Installer then it’s time to manually reset Windows Update Components. This is a relatively long process but, it is better than restoring your system to a previous build.

Press “Windows + R”, type “CMD” and then press ” Ctrl + Shift + Enter”. Type in the following commands and press enter after each of them.

net stop wuauserv
net stop cryptSvc
net stop bits
net stop msiserver

It’s time to rename the Catroo2 folder. This folder is responsible for storing signatures of the Windows Update package. Renaming it will force the OS to create a new one and the corrupt files will no longer be a problem. Type the following commands and press enter after each command.

ren C:\Windows\SoftwareDistribution SoftwareDistribution.old
ren C:\Windows\System32\catroot2 Catroot2.old

After that, type the commands below and press enter after each one of them.

net start wuauserv
net start cryptSvc
net start bits
net start msiserver

Close command prompt, restart your PC and the Error 0x80070490 is now fixed.

Fix #4

If all of the above fixes didn’t resolve the error then it’s time for a system restore or restoring to a previous build. Check out our System Restore guide on how to roll back Win 10 to a previous version or how to perform a system restore.

Fix #5

While the chances are slim but, if for some reason it’s been 30 days since you updated the OS or have deleted the Windows.old folder or don’t have a system restore image, then the only way to fix this error is by resting the OS. Check our How To Reset Windows 10 guide to see how to reset the OS to fix the Error 0x80070490.

That is all for our fixes for Windows Update Error 0x80070490. If you are facing other errors and issues with your PC then see our hub for commonly occurring PC errorshub for commonly occurring PC errorshub for commonly occurring PC errors and their fixes.

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