The error code 0x80073712 is a common Windows update error that is seen in Windows 7, 8 and 8.1. the error code is accompanied with the message, ‘ERROR_SXS_COMPONENT_STORE_CORRUPT’ or ‘Windows failed to install the following update with error 0x80073712’ and sometimes ‘Windows Update encountered an unknown error’. This error can come up in one of the many Windows updates or after upgrading the computer and installing the required updates. The error code points to the corruption of many damaged or corrupt files. Simply put, with this error, you will not be able to open files.

Common Reasons For Windows Update Error 0X80073712

The Windows update error code 0x80073712 can show up on the screen at any given point. Even though the update may have gone smoothly, it installation may not go through after a certain point. It can happen when you are upgrading from Windows 7 to 8.1 or Windows 10. Here are some ways through which this error code can be fixed.


Solution 1: Troubleshooting Error

To start with the basics, you can try to fix the error code by ensuring that your antivirus software is updated. A virus infection or malicious program can also trigger this error code. It is also possible that the antivirus is identified as a malicious program and is blocking the installation and updates. You can try to resolve the error by uninstalling the antivirus and then try the required updates. Once the installation of updates has been successfully carried out, you can continue and reinstall the antivirus.

Solution 2 – Windows Update Components Reset

  1. Visit the Microsoft web page and identify the Fixit Tool for Windows operating system
  2. Click on ‘Run now’ button and let it run to fix any update issues on the computer
  3. Once it is finished, you will be able to download the pending updates smoothly.
  4. Your error would now be resolved.

Solution 3: Renaming Software Distribution Folder

  1. Open Command Prompt as Administrator by pressing Win + X keys
  2. Type net stop wuauserv and hit Enter
  3. Type, ren c:\windows\SoftwareDistribution softwaredistribution.old and hit Enter
  4. Type net start wuauserv and hit Enter
  5. Close the Command Prompt and check if the error is now resolved.

Solution 4:System Restoration

  1. Click on Start and type, ‘System Restore’ in the search programs and files search box
  2. Right click on System Restore and select ‘Run as Administrator’
  3. Proceed to click ‘Next’ on the dialog box to open ‘Calendar’ with dates in bold
  4. The dates are the System Restore points
  5. Click on the dates that are most likely that the computer was working without any issues and click ‘Finish’
  6. Restart the computer and now try to run update installation
  7. The error should now be resolved.

Solution 5: Use USB Stick

This solution is applicable in case you have upgraded the computer to Windows 10. The USB stick should be clean and empty and over 3GB.

  1. Visit Microsoft website to download ‘Media Creation Tool’
  2. Run the tool, select the preferred language, the Windows edition and architecture when prompted
  3. Click on Create Flash drive. Make sure that the USB stick is inserted
  4. Let the tool run and download Windows 10 on the stick
  5. Once the process is over, Change Boot Priority Settings and select the USB stick to Boot first
  6. The fresh installation would now start
  7. The error should now be resolved.