What is Windows Update Error 0x80070490 and How to Fix It?

The error 0x80070490 typically pops up when Windows user is trying to update current Windows OS, upgrade Windows operating system, or updating/installing/purchasing an app from the Windows Store.

General Causes for The Windows Update Error 0x80070490 Are

  • Misconfigured, corrupt or damaged system files
  • Virus or malware attack
  • Broken file or process present in the System Component Store/Component-Based Servicing (CBS)
  • Disabled services required by Windows update
  • Corrupt registry files
  • Antivirus conflict with Windows update, etc.

How to Fix Windows Update Error 0x80070490?

Step 1: Disable Third-Party Antivirus

Windows update is dedicated to working with Windows inbuilt security algorithm – Windows Defender. So, if you have installed any third-party antivirus program, then disable it or make sure the inbuilt defender is disabled.

Step 2: Run System File Checker

Windows System File Checker (SFC) scans your system files and repair missing or corrupted ones. So, running it may help you in fixing the Windows update error 0x80070490.

Here is how to run SFC on your Windows computer:

  • Press the Windows key, type cmd, right click on the Command Prompt and choose Run as administrator.
  • Click Yes in the prompted User Access Control (UAC) box.
  • In the CMD window, type sfc /scannow and press Enter key.

SFC replaces your corrupted system files with the healthy ones; if it detects any. Now, reboot the computer and check Windows update error 0x80070490 is fixed.

FYI:

Several Windows users reported that their partition disappears after Windows 10 anniversary update, where many complained that Windows 8.1 update randomly deleted few files from the computer.

So, if you are also encountered such data loss problems after updating Windows then here is an easy way to restore files after Windows 8.1 update, Win 10 update, etc.

Step 3: Use DISM

Deployment Image and Servicing Management in short DISM is another command-line tool available in Windows. It is mainly used to mount and service Windows images before deployment.

However, it is also capable of installing, uninstalling, configuring and updating Windows features. So, here we can use it to fix Windows update error 0x80070490.

To Run DISM,

  • Launch Command Prompt as administrator.
  • Type dism.exe /online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth and hit Enter.
  • After DISM finishes, type sfc /scannow and click Enter.
  • Reboot the system and check the error 0x80070490 is solved.

Step 4: Try Windows Update Troubleshooter

Windows Update Troubleshooter is must-try troubleshooting tool for resolving all Windows update issues or errors. So, run Windows Update Troubleshooter using below guidelines to fix the Windows update error 0x80070490.

  • At Start menu, type troubleshoot, select Troubleshoot.
  • In the Troubleshoot window, click Windows Update then, Run the troubleshooter button.
  • Complete the on-screen instructions and restart the system.

Step 5: Reset WU Components

Corrupt or damaged Windows Update (WU) components may also give rise to Windows update error code 0x80070490. If so, then resetting the WU components may solve the error message.

And, here is how to reset Windows Update components:

  • Open Command Prompt as administrator.
  • Type in below commands and press the Enter button after each, to stop Windows services and start the update process.
·        net stop bits

·        net stop wuauserv

·        net stop appidsvc

·        net stop cryptsvc

  • Type/paste Ren %systemroot%\SoftwareDistribution SoftwareDistribution.old and hit Enter key.
  • Next, type/paste Ren %systemroot%\system32\catroot2 catroot2.old and press Enter.
  • Now, type in below commands and press Enter after each, to restart the previously paused Windows services.
·        net start bits

·        net start wuauserv

·        net start appidsvc

·        net start cryptsvc

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