How to Resolve Windows Update Error 0x80070015?

Updating your Windows OS regularly is not an option but a necessity. If you don’t want your device to get into any kind of trouble then you should install every new update immediately. While updating the Windows OS, many people reported that they are getting error 0x80070015 on the screen. This is one of the most common installation errors faced by many Windows users. Code: 0x80070015 can appear due to various reasons like corrupted registry files, conflicting programs, malware infection, device junk, weak internet connection, etc.

Common methods for troubleshooting Error 0x80070015 Windows Update:

Scan your Windows files

Update errors can appear when your Windows files get corrupted. But detecting the corrupted files manually is not simple. Even if you detect those files repairing the Windows files is not an easy job. A single mistake can harm your whole device. So you should use the Windows System File Checker tool for restoring all the Windows files corruptions. Here are the steps for scanning and restoring Windows files corruption:

  1. Close the error wizard
  2. Go to the Start menu
  3. Type command on the search bar
  4. Hold ctrl and shift keys
  5. Now press the Enter button
  6. You will get a permission prompt on your screen
  7. Hit the Yes button
  8. Now a command screen (black screen with blinking cursor) will appear on the desktop
  9. Type sfc/scannow of the command screen
  10. Press the Enter button

The Windows System File Checker will appear. It will start checking for all the Windows files. If there is any damaged file then this tool will restore it automatically. Wait for completing the process and follow the on-screen commands. Now restart your device and check whether your 0x80070015 error gets fixed or not.

Run a full system scan

A malware infection can be a potent reason behind Windows update error. Malware like bots, not only steal your information but can also corrupt your files. Some malicious programs can interrupt your Windows update process. Go to your antivirus and click on full system scan. Make sure you are using a reliable antivirus program on your PC. The full system scan process will take some time. Wait until the full system scanning process completes. After completing the system scan process, restart your device and try to update your Windows OS.

Remove the third-party programs

People often install third-party programs, usually games or editing software on their device. Third-party programs can be dangerous for your devices. These programs carry adware and other possible threats. If you install those third-party programs on your PC then they will start conflicting with other programs. You should always install every program from the original website. If you have a third-party program on your device then uninstall it. Press the Windows button from the desktop and type apps on the search bar. Press the Enter button. Windows Application page will appear on the desktop. Now check the list of all the installed applications on your device. Click on the third-party program and hit the uninstall button. Follow the on-screen commands for completing the uninstallation process. After restarting the program, restart your device and update your Windows OS.

Run the Windows Update Troubleshooter

If you are unable to find the exact cause of error code 0x80070015 then you should try running the Windows update troubleshooter. This inbuilt tool will run and repair all the files which are causing the issue. Here are the steps for running Windows Update Troubleshooter:

  1. Press Windows and I keys simultaneously
  2. Click on Update & Security
  3. Now select Troubleshoot from the left panel
  4. Click on Run button

The troubleshooter will start checking for the error. This process may take some time. Wait for completing the troubleshooting process. You may have to follow some on-screen wizards. Now go to Update & Security and update your Windows OS.

Undo the changes

You can also get into Windows 10 error code 0x80070015 due to the recent changes. Sometimes people make changes on the device which causes some kind of error on Windows files. You can troubleshoot the error by reverting the changes you have made on the PC. If you remember the changes then revert the changes manually. But if you don’t remember the changes use the system restore tool. Try disabling the firewall and VPN while updating the Windows OS. If you are unable to troubleshoot the error then ask the Windows team for help.

Check for the corrupted registry files

The Windows device can get into an update error when some of the registry files get damaged. The error on Windows registry files can lead to various errors. When your device is not updating then you should check for the corrupted registry files. Edit the corrupted files and repair them. Before editing the file, you can create the backup key for the files. Creating the backup will prevent any kind of mishap while editing the files. 

  • On the Windows device, go to your run bar
  • Type Regedit on the bar
  • On the registry editor, search for the corrupted files

Click on the files and export them to the desktop with the .reg extension

Now again go to the files and edit them correctly. After editing the files, restart the device and now try to update your Windows device. If you don’t know the proper guidelines for editing the Windows registry files then you should ask for professional help. 

Check the free disk space

The common error behind the Windows update issue is the free disk space. The Windows update won’t install if your device has low disk space. The update needs space to install and process on the system. If the system is not updating then check the hard disk space. For increasing the free space, you can either add the hard disk or remove the data from your computer. Add the SOlid state drive on your system to increase space and then try to update your system. If you can use the SSD then you have to delete some of the data from your system. Open your computer and go to the drive. Now check for the data you can delete from the system. If you have movies or videos on the system then remove them. These are large files and deleting them will provide good space to your device. After deleting the files; go to the Apps folder. Check for the programs on your device. If you have any program which is not necessary for the device like a gaming or editing program then you can delete them. Uninstall those unnecessary programs from your computer for increasing the space. After deleting those files, restart the device and run the Windows update.

Check the firewall and internet connection

Updating the Windows requires a good internet connection. Sometimes the user’s internet is not smooth. He can load web pages but can’t install the update. If your internet connection is not smooth; the update process will fail. Check the speed of the internet; if the connection is unstable then you should wait until the speed gets better. Also, check the firewall on your device. The firewall can also get the user into update issues. Disable the firewall of your device for a while and try to update the device. After completing the update, restart the device and enable the firewall.

Remove the junk

Your device’s junk files can be a reason behind the update issues. Clean the device and remove all the system junk from the system. Junk not only interrupts the processes but can also slow down the system. The junk files accumulate the free space of your device. For removing all the system junk altogether; use the clean manager tool. Windows provides an inbuilt junk cleanout tool. Search for the cleanmgr on a run wizard. Now run the clean manager and it will search for all the junk files on the system. Now you will see a list of junk items on the screen. Select the checkboxes (like temp files) and click on the OK button. After cleaning all the junk, restart the device and now update the OS immediately.

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