While installing updates on Windows 7 users can encounter the Windows Update Error 800F0A13. Here we will discuss the possible reasons and the methods to fix this error.

How to Fix Windows Error 800F0A13

Many users are experiencing the Windows Error 800F0A13 and are unable to install updates on Windows 7 and some Windows 8.1 users.

There are various reasons why this error can pop up which include generic WU glitch, system file corruption, third-party anti-virus, and more. Here is how to fix Windows 7 Error 800F0A13.

Fix #1

If you are facing the Error 800F0A13 then the first thing you should do is run the Windows update troubleshooter. Most probably the error is being caused by a Windows Update glitch and the troubleshooter can easily fix it is that is the case.

Here is how to fix error 800F0A13. Press “Windows + R”, type “control.exe /name Microsoft.Troubleshooting” and hit enter. The troubleshooter will open in a new window and under “System and Security” click on “Fix problems with Windows Update” > click on Advanced > “Apply repair automatically” > click on Next.

Let the troubleshooter scan and determine if the fix can be applied. After the scan is complete click “Apply this fix” and follow the instructions to apply the fix. After that, restart your system and the error 800F0A13 will be fixed.

Fix #2

If the Windows update troubleshooter has resolved the error then it might be a system file corruption. This can be fixed using the SFC (System File Corruption) and DISM (Deployment Image Servicing and Management).

Press “Windows + R”, type “CMD” and then press ” Ctrl + Shift + Enter”. When the prompt appears, press Yes and the command prompt will open. Type the following commands and hit enter after each line and make sure you have an internet connection.

Dism.exe /online /cleanup-image /scanhealth
Dism.exe /online /cleanup-image /restorehealth

Once that scan is complete, restart your PC. Again open the command prompt by following the steps above. Type the following command and press enter after it.

sfc /scannow

After the scan is complete, restart your system and the Windows Update Error 800F0A13 will now be fixed.

Fix #3

If the above fixes haven’t fixed the error and you have installed a third-party anti-virus then chances are the anti-virus is causing this error. In that scenario, you can fix the Error 800F0A13 by disabling real-time protection from anti-virus settings and see if the error is resolved. If not, uninstall the anti-virus, restart your PC and the error will be fixed.

Fix #4

If all of the above fixes have failed to fix the Error 800F0A13 then it’s time to perform a Windows Startup repair. For that, you need the installation media for Windows 7 either in USB or is disc form. If you happened to have thought ahead of time and have a system repair disc, then it’ll work too.

Restart your PC and go into the BIOS, for most systems it is the F2 key that lets you enter the BIOS. BIOS interface varies depending on the manufacturer. Go to the Boot settings and configure the boot order so that the installation media is booted first. Save these changes and exit.

Now that your system will boot, it’ll load the installation media. Select language settings and press “Next” > click “Repair your computer” > select the OS that needs repair and hit “Next”. Click on “Startup Repair” and you just need to wait for it to complete. This will fix the Error 800F0A13.

That is all for our fixes on Windows Update Error 800F0A13. If you are facing other errors and issues with your PC then also see our hub for commonly occurring PC errors and their fixes.

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