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In this post, learn how to manually get rid of 'Potential Windows Update Database error detected' (Not Fixed) in Windows 10/8.1/8/7.

To stay safe and secure with your existing operating system, you must keep installing latest Windows Updates available to you. However, sometimes you may not able to install Windows Updates due to miscellaneous reasons. This article discuss one such reason. Actually, while the Windows Updates are not working, you’re recommended to run dedicated Windows Update troubleshooter. This should automatically detect Windows Update issues and fix them. But if it fails to fixes them, you need to solve those issues at your end.

Recently, we ran Windows Update troubleshooter on Windows 10 Pro running machine and the troubleshooter found an issue that couldn’t fix. Here it is:

Potential Windows Update Database error detected – Not fixed

FIX 'Potential Windows Update Database Error' In Windows 10

If you’re also facing this problem with your Windows 10, this article will help you.

FIX : ‘Potential Windows Update Database Error’ In Windows 10/8.1/8/7

FIX 1 – General Suggestions

1. Run the System File Checker to found and fix corrupted files on your system.

2. If SFC fails, run the third DISM command mentioned here.

3. In case if Windows Updates were working fine earlier, you can always use the System Restore to re-map your system that time so that you can install Windows Updates as expected.

4. Try the Windows PowerShell method to install updates if you can’t install them using Settings app/Control Panel.

5. If you’re facing the issue for the Windows Insider build under current testing, install updated build and see if issue gets resolved by installing newer build.

Go ahead with FIX 2, if above mentioned suggestions didn’t helped you.

FIX 2 – Using Command Prompt

Open administrative Command Prompt and type following commands one-by-one followed by Enter key.

net stop wuauserv
net stop cryptSvc
net stop bits
net stop msiserver
Ren C:\Windows\SoftwareDistribution SoftwareDistribution.old
Ren C:\Windows\System32\catroot2 Catroot2.old
net start wuauserv
net start cryptSvc
net start bits
net start msiserver

FIX 'Potential Windows Update Database Error' In Windows 10

Close the Command Prompt window and reboot the machine. After rebooting, retry to install the Windows Updates available to you and they should work fine now.

Hope this helps!

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