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Fix Windows Update Error 0x80070652

Getting Error 0x80070652 When Trying to Update Windows 10? Our Troubleshooting Guide Will Help You Fix That

Despite being Microsoft’s most polished operating system, Windows 10 is notorious for throwing error codes during system updates. Many people have reported getting error 0x80070652 when trying to update Windows. Consequently, this error prevents Windows from installing a specific update or several updates. However, this article should help you fix error code 0x80070652 and update Windows.

What is Windows Update Error 0x80070652?

Windows Update error code 0x80070652, also known as ERROR_INSTALL_ALREADY_RUNNING, occurs because Microsoft Windows Installer can only run one installation at a time unless it is a nested installation. Error 0x80070652 means that a previous Windows installation has not yet been completed. Usually, it happens when an update gets stuck.

Fix Error 0x80070652

Having two or more installations running at the same time confuses the operating system since Windows wasn’t designed to run several Windows Installer instances at the same time. If you get Error 0x80070652, the first thing you should do is allow the other installation to complete.

However, you may not see an installer window as the installation may be running in the background. You should be able to identify the installation process in the Task Manager. If you think the installation is stuck, you should restart your PC and update Windows again.

In addition to another installation running when updating Windows, you may also get error 0x80070652 due to a slow Internet connection, missing or damaged DLL files, corrupted Windows Registry items, corrupted Windows update files, and outdated hardware drivers.

According to user reports, update error 0x80070652 (ERROR_INSTALL_ALREADY_RUNNING) most often occurs in Windows 10 versions 1709 and version 1803, which are old versions by now.

This error doesn’t occur only in Windows 10, as Windows 7 and 8 users may get it as well. In some cases, error 0x80070652 may trigger a BSOD (Blue Screen of Death) error, forcing the system to reboot and restore the previous version of Windows.

How to Fix Windows Update Error 0x80070652?

There are many things you can do to fix error 0x80070652. However, before you try any of our fixes, try a good old-fashioned computer restart if an installation is stuck. If that doesn’t work, then we recommend running the Windows Update troubleshooter, which should fix most issues. However, if that doesn’t work as well, continue going through the list of fixes provided below.

Video Guide on How to Fix Windows Update Error 0x80070652

Table of Contents:

Solution 1. Run the Windows Update Troubleshooter

Right-click Start and click Settings

1. Right-click the Start Menu button and select Settings.

Click Update & security

2. Choose Update & Security.

Select Troubleshoot

3. Select Troubleshoot in the left pane.

Click Additional troubleshooters

4. Click Additional troubleshooters in the right pane.

Select Windows Update and click Run the troubleshooter

5. Choose Windows Update and then click Run the troubleshooter.

6. The troubleshooter will identify the issue and apply a fix automatically.

7. Try updating Windows.

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Solution 2. Install the Update Manually

Go to the Windows Update Catalog website

1. Open your web browser and go to the Microsoft Update Catalog webpage.

Type in the KB code and click Search

2. Type in the KB (Knowledge Base) code (e.g., KB5004237) in the search box, and click Search.

Select the version for your CPU architecture and operating system version and click Download

3. Then, select the version for your operating system and CPU architecture, and click Download.

Click the download link

4. A new window will open. Click the update link, and the update will start to download.

5. Once the update is downloaded, run its installer.

Click Yes

6. The installer will scan your PC for updates and then ask whether you want to install the update. Click Yes.

7. The Standalone installer will begin installing the update.

Click Restart now

8. Once the update is installed, click Restart now.

9. Try updating Windows.

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Solution 3. Update Windows 10 Using the Media Creation Tool

Go to the Media Creation Tool download page

1. Open your web browser and go to the Media Creation Tool download page.

Click Download tool now

2. Click the Download tool now button.

3. Run the Media Creation Tool (MediaCreationTool21H1.exe) executable file.

Accept the Media Creation Tool license agreement

4. Then, Accept the Media Creation Tool license agreement.

Click Upgrade this PC now

5. Select Upgrade this PC now and click Next.

Accept the Windows 10 license agreement

6. Accept the Windows 10 license agreement.

Click Change what to keep

7. You may keep your personal files and apps, but if you want a clean Windows 10 installation, click the Change what to keep button to customize the installation settings.

Choose what to keep and click Next

8. Choose what to keep and then, click Next.

Click Install

9. Click Install, and the setup will start upgrading Windows 10.

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Solution 4. Run the Deployment Imaging and Servicing Management (DISM) Scan

1. Hold down Windows+R keys to open Run.

Type in CMD and hold down Ctrl+Shift+Enter to open the elevated Command Prompt

2. In the Run dialog box, type in CMD and hold down Ctrl+Shift+Enter keys to open the elevated Command Prompt.

Run DISM ScanHealth and DISM RestoreHealth commands

3. In the Command Prompt window, type in DISM /Online /Cleanup-Image /ScanHealth and hit the Enter key.

4. Lastly, type in DISM /Online /Cleanup-Image /RestoreHealth and hit Enter.

5. Restart your PC and try updating Windows.

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Solution 5. Run System File Checker (SFC) Scan

1. Hold down Windows+R keys to open Run.

Type in CMD and hold down Ctrl+Shift+Enter to open the elevated Command Prompt

2. In the Run dialog box, type in CMD and hold down Ctrl+Shift+Enter keys to open the elevated Command Prompt.

Run the SFC /ScanNow command

3. In the Command Prompt window, type in SFC /ScanNow and hit the Enter key.

4. Restart your PC and try updating Windows.

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Solution 6. Reset Windows Update Components Manually

1. Hold down Windows+R keys to open Run.

Type in CMD and hold down Ctrl+Shift+Enter to open the elevated Command Prompt

2. In the Run dialog box, type in CMD and hold down Ctrl+Shift+Enter keys to open the elevated Command Prompt.

Enter the commands to stop Windows Update services

3. In the Command Prompt window, type in the commands listed below, and hit the Enter key after entering each one:

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

4. Then, type in ren C:\Windows\SoftwareDistribution SoftwareDistribution.old and hit the Enter key.

5. Type in ren C:\Windows\System32\catroot2 Catroot2.old and hit Enter.

Enter the commands to restart Windows Update services

6. Type in the commands listed below, and hit Enter after entering each one:

  • net start wuauserv
  • net start cryptSvc
  • net start bits
  • net start msiserver

7. Close the Command Prompt and try updating Windows.

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