How to fix Update Error 0x8007042B in Windows 10

If you receive a message that says “Something went wrong, error code 0x8007042B” when updating Windows 10. It error could occur because of multiple reasons. Moreover, this error code could be seen in various scenarios including upgrading to new feature update or Windows Update Assistant or a new build using Media Creation Tool.

Error 0x8007042B

Windows 10 Update Error 0x8007042B

Sometimes, this error code could appear with an additional code that could be similar to 0x2000d. The core problem remains the same for most of all. In this post, we will show you how you can easily troubleshoot Windows 10 Update Error 0x8007042B.

Solutions to fix Windows 10 Update Error 0x8007042B

Note: Follow the list as mentioned below and make sure to hit the Update button again after each solution.

Solution #1 Run DISM Tool

When you run the DISM (Deployment Imaging and Servicing Management) tool, it will fix the Windows Component Store and Windows System Image in your Windows 10 device. Doing so is most likely to resolve all of the system inconsistencies and corruptions. Thus, either the Powershell or command prompt can be used to execute this command.

Solution #2 Disable Antivirus

As usual, the Anti-Virus and Security software are known for their error code triggering tendency especially when an update is in process.  You can either temporarily disable such software or entirely uninstall them till the Update issues are completely fixed.

Solution #3 Restart the BITS Service

BITS (Background Intelligent Transfer Service) is one of the essential parts of Windows Update service that mainly manages background downloads of Windows Update, run scans for new updates and so on. If the Windows Update is constantly failing, BITS services can be a cause which requires to be reset to repair. However, you will need the admin privileges to finish this successfully.

  • Open the Windows Services console by entering “services.msc” in the Run prompt and then press the Enter button.
  • After this, you need to search for Background Intelligent Transfer Service.
  • After you find BITS, double tap to open its Properties.
  • In the Properties pane, you need to set the Startup type to Automatic (Delayed) and tap on the Apply button.
  • Now, you can tap on the Stop button in order to stop the Service and then use the Start button also for restarting the Service.

Solution #4 Try running the System File Checker

Running the System File Checker is likely to repair most of the corrupted or damaged Windows files. You need to launch this command from elevated CMD, i.e., command prompt opened with the admin privileges.

Solution #5 Create Windows 10 ISO media

The ISO files can be re-downloaded from the Microsoft server. After this, you can create the bootable media using the ISO file again also on the USB drive. While using the USB drive, you have to make sure that a drive having a great read-write speed is being used. In case you are still facing trouble creating the Media Tool, you can do it offline as well in a natural way.

Solution #6 Contact Microsoft Support

If nothing of the above-shown solutions helps, you may have to contact Microsoft Support. However, one of the methods as mentioned earlier should resolve the error. Make sure that you choose the ones which are appropriate for your situation.

Thank you for reading this article. We hope this information will be useful to you in fixing this obstinate error code 0x8007042B. All the best!

John Wick  is a Microsoft Office expert and has been working in the technical industry since 2002. As a technical expert, John Wick has written technical blogs, manuals, white papers, and reviews for many websites such as office.com/setup.

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