Microsoft builds online tool to help troubleshoot Windows Update errors

The Windows operating system is a complicated beast, and troubleshooting a problem can quickly make you realize how incomprehensible all of it is.

It’s often hard for the tech-savvy as well; Microsoft’s though, knows that – after all, they have to do it too.

Microsoft has today released an online tool that guides users through a few simple steps. The goal is to fix the various errors encountered by users on Windows 7, Windows 8.1, and Windows 10 while using Windows Update.

Some of these steps are not as simple or easy as “turning it off and on again,” but they just might help with things that Microsoft’s tools are capable of fixing.

The tool is simply called “Fix Windows Update Errors” and is available right here.

Of course, it won’t fix every bug – the troubleshooter for Windows 10 told us our “Windows Update Database was corrupt.”

The troubleshooter then applied its magical fix; issue fixed! Not. We ran the troubleshooter once again, and it told us that the database was still corrupt.

Microsoft clearly has a lot of work to do before tools such as these can fix all the issues that users encounter; until then, perhaps an A for the effort should suffice.

The Errors

Listed below, are all the error codes that the online tool could help you deal with; though, Microsoft says that these are only the most common errors encountered – the tool can help you fix many more errors.

  • 0x80073712
  • 0x800705B4
  • 0x80004005
  • 0x8024402F
  • 0x80070002
  • 0x80070643
  • 0x80070003
  • 0x8024200B
  • 0x80070422
  • 0x80070020

As we get closer to 2017, we can’t help but wonder what new adventures Microsoft will take us on; Project NEON, and running x86 apps on ARM processors might help prepare Windows for a modern world, but these errors will plague the foundation for many years to come.

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