Potential Windows Update Database Error Detected

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Hi Nancy,

A potential file corruption might be a possible cause for this issue. The error that you have encountered means your operating system is trying to install updates on your PC. Please try performing Fix Windows Update issues and follow the detailed instructions on the thread to help solve the concern.

Let us know how it goes.

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I applied the "Fix Windows Update Issues" three times and continue to receive the 'Potential Windows Update Database error Detected "Not Fixed"'

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Hello,

Try suggestions mentioned here:

https://www.kapilarya.com/potential-windows-update-database-error-in-windows-10

Let us know if this helps!

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After following the directions provided this still did not resolve the issue. I am going to attempt the reset procedure to remove and restore Windows to see if this corrects the issue.

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Hi John,

We'd like to know if you're able to resolve the issue by following the steps on the link provided by Kapil Arya MVP?

Let us know should you need more help.

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John already replied 2 days before you that this doesn't work.

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  My PC recently updated to windows 10 1803, then it installed 2018-05 up date, but now it keeps trying to update to 2018-06 but it won't install. It will say it's downloading then it says initializing then it goes back & downloads again etc., I have run the update troubleshooter about 4 times but it keeps saying, "potential windows update database error detected not fixed" the PC is now running very very slow. I have managed to go into the services & stop the update, now it is showing in the update page "updates failed retry". The PC was running fine until this new up date messed it up so how I/you fix it as I need this PC working.

  many thanks.

 Paul.

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paul, to tell you the truth, I could neither work nor playing my installed microsoft games because of this horror May 2018 updates. I spent 3 days fixing it in every possible way. It still horrifies me to these days. Finally, I had given up fixing the update troubles and used my imac instead for a week. 

Then a week later it just installed properly by itself!  (To my astonishment indeed.) 

I am a noob so I fixed it in a noobish way so please don't judge me.

1) Since the updating needs internet, in my case I turned off my internet when I turned on my computer.

It helped stopping update terror when you turn on your pc.

(If you need the internet, please do this ;

In the Settings App 
Go to Network and Internet 
Set your WiFi connection as Metered)

2) If your pc running so slow you may need "clean reboot". 

3) If clean reboot still doesn't fix it (mine didn't work), you may need "clean install".

(To my despair I almost did it. But as I told you, update just installed itself by miracle days later.)

4) This method is for another people who just google search about update troubles and don't try this yet.

Disable windows update via "services.msc". Search service.msc and you will go to the services panel.

Scroll down to click on Windows update, disable it and also disable the restart (after update failure). 

But for paul, "updates failed retry" is because windows 10 already started updating and we disable the windows update services. The hellish loop starts. 

Turn the update on again and disable the internet just to get by working on your pc for a while without updating loop.

And let's see.

Or "clean reboot".

Or "clean install", it is the last resort left.


Hope it helps.

WINDOWS 10 HAS SO MANY PROBLEMS AND COMPLAINTS FOR SO MANY YEARS.

What astonishes me more than its trouble is the way Microsoft engineers' IGNORANCE about it

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  The PC is running 24/7 as it updates my weather website, so I need to be connected to the net all the time. I will have to look up what a clean reboot is, as for a clean install the PC came with windows 10 per installed so no disc, like I said it was fine until the install of windows 10 1803. I will leave it running & hope that microsoft  comes up with a answer, I'm hoping that someone at microsoft reads these posts & comes back with a fix/answer (please), many thanks for your help lets hope it fixes in self.

  Paul.

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 Just turned off & stopped windows update in the services, hit the retry button on update page, & it has now come up with (KB4284835)_ERROR 0x80070422 so at least I now have a code that I can look up.

  Paul.

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