How to Fix Windows Update Error 80070436 in Windows 10

We all must keep installing the latest Windows updates as soon as they are available, for the better health of our system. However, at times, you may get unexpected errors that prevent you to continue with the update. One such issue is the Windows update error 80070436 in Windows 10 that can be really frustrating.


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This error is apparently a bug or rather a code which shows up on almost all Windows versions including Windows 10. However, the good thing is, this error can be fixed quite easily. Let’s see how.

 

Method 1: By Running the Windows Update Troubleshooter

 

Step 1: Go to the Start button on your desktop and type Control Panel. Left-click on the result to open the Control Panel window.

 

Start Search Control Panel Result

 

Step 2: In the Control Panel window, select to View by – Large icons and then click on Troubleshooting.

 


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Control Panel Home View By Large Icons Troubleshooting

 

Step 3: In the next window, click on View all on the left side of the pane.

 

Control Panel Troubleshooting View All

 

Step 4: In the next window, Troubleshoot computer problems, locate and click on Windows Update.

 

Troubleshoot Computer Problems Windows Update

 

Step 5: In the Windows Update window, click on Next and follow the instructions to troubleshoot to detect the issue and fix it.

 

Windows Update Next

 

Once the troubleshooting is complete and it has fixed the error, restart your PC and try downloading and installing the update, and it should get updated smoothly. But, if problem persists, try the 2nd method.

 

Method 2: By Resetting Windows Update Components

 

Step 1: Go to the Start button on your desktop and type Command Prompt in the search field. Right-click on the result and select Run as administrator to open the Command Prompt window with admin rights.

 

Start Search Command Prompt Right Click Run As Administrator

 

Step 2: In the Command Prompt window, type the below commands one by one and hit Enter after each command:

 

  • net stop wuauserv
  • net stop cryptSvc
  • net stop bits
  • net stop msiserver

 

This will stop the BITS, Cryptographic, MSI Installer, and Windows Update Services .

 

Step 3: Now, type the below commands one by one and then hit Enter after each command:

 


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  • Ren C:WindowssoftwareDistribution SoftwareDistribution.older
  • Ren C:WindowsSystem32catroot2 Catroot2.older

 

This will rename the SoftwareDistribution and Catroot2 folder.

 

Step 4: Type the below commands one by one and hit Enter after each command:

 

  • net stop wuauserv
  • net stop cryptSvc
  • net stop bits
  • net stop msiserver

 

This will restart the BITS, Cryptographic, MSI Installer, and Windows Update Services.

 

Now, close the Command Prompt window, restart your PC and try downloading and installing the Windows updates and you should no more see the error 80070436.

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