So whenever I try to update my windows 10, I get an error saying there were some problems trying to install updates.

I tried to fix it by follow this guide https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6lnl80K9HGA but on the last step I get 'Access is dienied' error.

Does anyone know how to fix any of this?

Windows update error

Access is dienied error

Added more info:

Windows Update service configuration

Information from winver

  • Please edit your question to include what version of Windows 10 you are running. You should indicate what the last cumulative update that was installed is exactly. You should also provide the relevant information from winver. Your question cannot be answered without this information.
    – Ramhound
    Jul 2 '19 at 21:35
  • @SimonG: Check the Windows Update service configuration. To do so, right-click Start, click Run. Type cmd /k sc qc wuauserv. Copy the output and post it here.
    – w32sh
    Jul 3 '19 at 3:59
  • Sorry for the lack of information, just added it the post.
    – asdf
    Jul 3 '19 at 13:09

Ok so I've been posting this everywhere....try this: Open this link to Download the latest Windows 10 ISO : https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/software-download/windows10 You have two options: Download the full ISO using the media creation tool or Click update now ...and let us know what happens !!

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  • @RajeshS did u get my answer deleted or something ?? I already edited it..so what is this FormReview ..How do i remove it from that form review page
    – Elmo
    Jul 9 '19 at 7:01
  • ,, While review the whole text appears ,,, and during Review for Editing, the Reviewer can decide to approve or not ! Jul 9 '19 at 7:36
  • That worked! Thank you :)
    – asdf
    Jul 9 '19 at 19:18

(From: Fix: Windows Update Error 0x80070422 in Windows 10)

Open admin Command Prompt and execute the following command:

sc config wuauserv start= demand

Restart Windows and see if the Windows Update service starts correctly.

If you receive Access Denied error when running the above command, try resetting the Windows Update service registry key permissions to default.

Download RegASSASSIN from Malwarebytes and run it. Input the following registry key:


In RegASSASSIN, don't forget to UNCHECK the Delete registry key and all subkeys checkbox before clicking on the Delete button.

You can use RegASSASSIN utility from Malwarebytes to reset the registry permissions for this key: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\wuauserv

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Now, see if you can change the Windows Update service Startup type using the Services MMC or Command Prompt.

  • Doesn't work, I still get an access is denied error in the cmd
    – asdf
    Jul 3 '19 at 13:36
  • Are you sure you're running that command from an Administrator Command Prompt window? To open one, type cmd.exe start, right-click Command Prompt (from Start search results) and click Run as Administrator.
    – w32sh
    Jul 3 '19 at 13:49
  • Yea I do just that and still get the error
    – asdf
    Jul 3 '19 at 14:18
  • Pls check my updated answer.
    – w32sh
    Jul 3 '19 at 14:39
  • I did that with RegASSASSIN and still the access is being denied
    – asdf
    Jul 3 '19 at 21:25

If you get access is denied error, use the default admin account and update from there. You can also fix your user's permissions or make a backup and start over.

From elevated command prompt, type
net user administrator /active:yes

You still need to restart the Windows Update service.

Log in as Administrator.
Open Administrative Tools from Control Panel.
Double-click Services.

Find the Windows Update service, right-click Properties.

On the General tab, next to Startup type, make sure that Automatic is selected. Next to Service status, check to see if the service is started. If it is not, click Start.

Now check for updates as usual.

Microsoft Support Thread

  • The thing is that I am using the default admin account and yet still get the access is denied message
    – asdf
    Jul 2 '19 at 19:10
  • @SimonG - You made no mention of the fact you were using the built-in Administrator account. You should edit your question, to reflect that fact, that is vital information necessary to answer your question.
    – Ramhound
    Jul 2 '19 at 21:34

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