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How to Fix the Install Error - 0x80070103 in Windows 10/11

The install error 0x80070103 is one of the Windows update problems in Windows 10 and 11. The error affects all available updates and displays simply the 'Install error' notice.

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When Windows fails to install the updates,  the following message appears: Windows could not search for new updates or Windows Update encountered an install error - 0x80070103.

First Aid: Recover the Lost Data After Windows Update

The install error - 0x80070103 may cause a Windows update failure and irreversible data loss. As a result, you should be concerned about data security.

When your Windows is installed, you can recover lost data using EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard, a unique and secure data recovery software. Because of the software's user-friendly interface, even inexperienced users can recover files rapidly.

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  • Recover lost files after Windows update or unbootable systems and other error-coded circumstances.
  • It can recover irreversibly destroyed files and create a bootable disk to restore crucial files.
  • It supports USB recovery, HDD, SSD, SD card, and data recovery from other storage media.

Step 1. Select a drive and start scanning

Launch EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard and hover over the partition where you lost data. This could be an internal hard disk, external disk, USB, or SD card. Then, click "Scan".

select a location to scan

Step 2. Check and preview scanned files

Use the file format filter on the left or upper right corner to narrow the scan results until you find the files you need. Then, you can click the "Preview" button or double-click a file to preview its content, if you'd like. 

Choose files to recover

Step 3. Recover lost data to a secure location

Click the checkbox next to the file and click "Recover" to restore the lost data to a secure place. We recommend that you do not store the recovered data on the disk where you lost it earlier.

Recover lost data

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Method 1. Use Windows Update Troubleshooter to Fix the Install Error

If you get the install error code while downloading and installing Windows updates, the Windows Update Troubleshooter can assist you in resolving the issue. 

Step 1. Select "Start" > "Settings" > "System" > "Troubleshoot" > "Other troubleshooter" from the menu.

Other troubleshooter

Step 2. Under "Most Frequently", choose "Windows Update" > "Run".

Step 3. When the troubleshooting has been done, you should restart your Windows 11.

Step 4. Check for fresh updates next. Go to "Start" > "Settings" > "Windows Update". Check for updates and then install any that are available.

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Method 2. Hide an Update to Solve the Error 0x80070103

Suppose you receive the error 80070103 while installing updates. In that case, you may be trying to establish a previously existing driver or a less compatible one than the one installed on your PC. Hide the update to address the issue:

Step 1. Open the Control Panel by tapping.

Control Panel

Step 2. Tap or click "System and Security", then "Fix problems with Windows Update".

Step 3. If you want to hide crucial updates, click the link that says important updates are available.

Step 4. If you want to hide any optional updates, click the link that says optional updates are available.

Step 5. Select any update you wish to hide, hold down the shift key, right-click it, and then tap or click Hide update.


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If it has Windows update issues, the system will suffer and may begin to run slowly or incorrectly. So, carefully follow the methods provided in this article to ensure a smooth and error-free completion of the Windows update.

Also, remember that after resolving problem number 0x80070103, you may lose some data on your computer. So, download and run EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard to recover all of your deleted files. That's all there is to it! I hope this post was useful in resolving your error code problem!

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Install Error - 0x80070103 FAQs

Here are 2 additional questions about Windows update errors. Check here for the answers.

1. What is the meaning of install error 0x800f081f?

This error indicates that DISM could not locate the files needed to repair the online Windows image in the default location. DISM error 0x800f081f can cause other faults on your computer and prevent other processes from running properly. Therefore, you must take action as soon as it appears.

2. With error 0x8024402c, what does the Windows Update client fail to detect?

This problem could be caused by an erroneous network setup, LAN setting, or update setting that does not meet the update requirements. It can be stopped by accepting the Automatically detected connection settings.

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Cedric Grantham is a senior editor and data recovery specialist of EaseUS. He mainly writes articles and how-to tips about data recovery on PC and Mac. He has handled 10,000+ data recovery cases and is good at data recovery of NTFS, FAT (FAT32 and ExFAT) file systems, and RAID structure reorganization.

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