FIX: Windows 10 1903 KB4517389 Update failed 0x80073701 (Solved)

FIX: Windows 10 1903 KB4517389 Update failed 0x80073701 (Solved)

The error 0x80073701 may occur while trying to install the Cumulative Update for Windows 10 Version 1903 KB4517389 via Windows Update. “Updates Failed. There were problems installing some updates, but we’ll try again later”.

FIX: Windows 10 1903 KB4517389 Update failed 0x80073701

In this guide you’ll find step by step instructions to resolve the errors 0x80073701 and 0x800f0988 in Windows 10 1903 KB451739 update.

How to FIX Windows 10 1903 KB4517389 Update failed with Errors 0x80073701, 0x800f0988

To fix the errors 0x80073701, 0x800f0988 in Windows 10 1903 KB4517389 update, follow these steps:

Step 1. Ensure that you have enough free space on your disk. Windows 10 requires at least 32 GB of free space to upgrade.

Step 2. Run Disk Cleanup and delete all the useless files.

Step 3. Disconnect all external USB drives & SD cards and any other USB device that don’t needed.

Step 4. Delete the ‘SoftwareDistribution’ Folder.

The “C:WindowsSoftwareDistribution” folder, is the location where Windows store the Windows Updates. Many times, this folder becomes corrupted and you must re-create it in order to download the updates from scratch. To rebuild (re-create) the “SoftwareDistribution” folder follow the instructions below:

  • Step 4A: STOP the Windows Update Service.

1. Open Windows Services control panel: To do that:

  • Press Windows image_thumb8_thumb + R keys to open the run command box.
  • In the Search box, type: services.msc  & click OK.


2. In Services control panel locate the “Windows Update” service.
3. Right-click on Windows Update service and select “Stop“.

stop windows update service

  • Step 4B: Delete the SoftwareDistribution folder.

1. Open Windows Explorer and navigate to: C:Windows folder.
2. Find and Delete the “SoftwareDistribution” folder (or rename it. e.g. to “SoftwareDistributionOLD”) . *

* Note: If you cannot delete the folder, start Windows in Safe Mode.


Step 5. Repair the Windows Component Store.

The next step to resolve the Windows 10 Update errors 0x80073701, 0x800f0988 , is to repair the Windows Component Store by using the System Update Readiness (DISM) tool.

1. Open Command Prompt as Administrator. To do that:

  • At the search box type: command prompt or cmd
  • Right-click at Command Prompt result and select Run As Administrator.

command prompt as administrator

2. In command prompt give the following dism command and press Enter:

  • DISM /Online /Cleanup-Image /StartComponentCleanup

FIX: Windows 10 Update failed 0x80073701

3. When the process is completed, reboot your PC.

Step 6. Install Latest Servicing Stack update.

1. Download and install the latest Servicing stack update according your Windows 10 version.
2. Reboot your PC.

3. Finally, open Windows Update and try to install the failed update. If the update fails to install again, download the KB4517389 update from the Microsoft Update Catalog and install it manually.

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