Windows 10 Updates Fail 0xe0000003

Both the March and April cumulative updates for Windows 10 Version 1909 for x64 based Systems have failed to install on my Dell E7470 laptop with error code 0xe0000003. I can't find any information on this code or how to resolve the issue.

Hello,

I'm your Independent Advisor for today. I know this can be frustrating, but don't worry. I'm here to figure this out for you.

There are many causes to consider when working with Windows Updates, and we need to pinpoint which is causing the problem.

It's possible that a certain app might be causing problem with installing Windows Updates. Please start the PC in a clean boot state to check if there are other background apps which might be causing the issue:

1. Right-click the Windows button > Select Run
2. Type in "msconfig" without the quotes, then click OK.
3. On the General tab, select Selective Startup. Then untick "Load startup items".
4. On the Services tab, click "Hide all Microsoft services".
5. Click "Disable all".
6. On the Startup tab, click "Open Task Manager". A Task Manager window should open.
7. Disable all startup items. You can also choose which startup items to disable, as certain apps and devices might not work properly if the startup item related to it is disabled.
8. Go back to your System Configuration window.
9. Click Apply > OK
10. Click "Restart" when prompted.

Once the PC goes back up, please try to install updates again.

If that doesn't work, you can try renaming the software distribution folders:
1. In the search box on your taskbar, search for cmd
2. Select Command Prompt (with the option Run as Administrator) from the results.
3. At the Command Prompt, type the following commands one at a time. After each, select Enter. Let the command complete before typing the next command.

net stop bits

net stop wuauserv

ren %systemroot%\softwaredistribution softwaredistribution.bak

ren %systemroot%\system32\catroot2 catroot2.bak

net start bits

net start wuauserv

4. Once done, close the Command Prompt window and restart your computer, then try installing the updates.

You can refer to the link below for other steps you can try:
https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/408983...

Hope this helps.
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Thanks for the prompt, if somewhat generic, response. I'm really hoping that someone can identify the specific meaning of the error code I've given and provide a more targeted solution that addresses that particular issue.

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Have you tried the steps above? And what were the results? Because that will help us get to your the "targeted troubleshooting" you need.
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I have followed all of the steps you provided and they did not help. The update still fails with the same error code that I originally posted.

Additional information: The same pattern is repeated every time I try to install the update.

1. The update completes and I am prompted to restart.

2. During the shutdown phase, the update gets to 7% and then ends.

3. The computer reboots, and a message appears that the update could not be completed and is being rolled back.

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Hi,

A lot of people have reported this lately(Spoiler: look at this thread 😄)

Please see if the optional update helps. Link:

http://download.windowsupdate.com/c/msdownload/update/software/updt/2020/04/windows10.0-kb4550945-x64_8bc93fe5c681ddf741120602899a730c65c155d6.msu

https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/4550945

Updates an issue that causes Windows Update to stop responding when you check for updates.

Sumit

Windows Insider MVP 2018-current and Moderator
Dell Inspiron 5590 - i5 10210U/12GB DDR4/ 4GB Nvidia MX230/ 512GB nvme
https://www.yourwindowsguide.com

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The optional update you sent also fails with the same behavior I described before.

1. The update appears to install successfully and I am prompted to reboot.

2. During the shutdown phase, the update reaches exactly 7% and then stops.

3. The machine reboots and I receive a message that the update could not be completed and is being rolled back.

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Check this guide, it has detailed information refer this link https://www.bynarycodes.com/fix-windows-10-update-error-0xe0000003/

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Sorry Arun, I am not downloading any 3rd party "repair" utility from a site I've never heard of. All of the other suggestions in the article you've given are identical to the suggestions others have already made above. I notice you even "borrowed" my screen shot from this thread for your own blog post without permission. Not cool.

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