How to Fix Error Code 0x80070652 in Windows 10?

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Regardless of being one of the polished operating systems, Windows 10 is famous also for its unprecedented system update errors.

Error Code 0x80070652 is one of them which impede you from installing necessary system updates thereby causing interrupted system performance.

It usually comes with a message:

ERROR_INSTALL_ALREADY_RUNNING

This clearly means that another installation is already running in the backdrop.

Some users also face this error with the Blue Screen of Death (BSOD).

Though this error occurs in every Windows OS versions, here we would restrict the discussions only for Windows 10.

The methods that we are going to deploy to resolve this issue are:

  • Run Windows 10 Update Troubleshooter
  • Run System File Checker
  • Reset Software Distribution Folder
  • Run Clean Boot using System Configuration
  • Run System Restore
  • Run Batch Script
  • Update System Drivers

Method #1: Run Windows 10 Update Troubleshooter

Fortunately, the new package of Windows 10 comes with many troubleshooters specifically programmed to resolve the most command and complicated issues of Windows.

Here in this approach, we will use the troubleshooter to get rid of this error code.

So this is you do it:

Step 1. Firstly, press the “Windows logo + I” keys together to open up the “Settings” application.

Step 2. Here click on “Update and Security” and go to the left pane.

Step 3. Choose “Troubleshoot” and then click on “Windows Update”.

Step 4. Choose “Run the troubleshooter” at last to begin the troubleshooting.

The utility will take some time scanning the problem, and will simultaneously recommend the relevant measures that should be taken to resolve the error code.

Simply follow the lead, and the error will be sorted out.

Method #2: Run System File Checker

Many a time, damaged or corrupt system files cause this error to emerge. Thus here we will use the SFC (System File Checker) command using cmd to scan for the error.

Its pretty simple. Just follow the steps below:

Step 1. Press “Windows + S” keys together.

Step 2. Within the search box, type “cmd” and hit “Enter”.

Step 3. Locate the cmd option and open it up with admin privileges using the right click sub-menu option “Run as administrator”.

Step 4. Once the black dialog box of cmd appears, enter “sfc/scannow” and hit “Enter”.

Step 5. Wait patiently for a few moments till the scanning is finished. Close the cmd and restart your computer for a fresh start.

This should hopefully fix the problem.

Method #3: Reset Software Distribution Folder

Software distribution folder is the folder where the system updates services are stored and used by the OS. Now resetting the Software Distribution folder is one of the secured ways of removing the error code.

The steps are very simple. Check out below:

Step 1. Like mentioned before in the previous method, open up the command prompt with admin rights first.

Step 2. In the black dialog box, copy paste the following command:

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

Step 3. Close the cmd window.

Now check if your Windows update is running properly again or not.

Method #4: Run Clean Boot using System Configuration

Clean boot is a very effective method of clearing this error. It loads all the Microsoft services without loading the third-party applications which often lead to many system errors.

But before you attempt this method, ensure you are signed in with an admin account. Moreover, your computer will lose functionality for a brief moment but don’t worry at all.

It will regain normal functionality as soon as the booting is over.

Step 1. Enter “MSConfig” in the Windows search box, and click on “System Configuration” option from the searching results.

Step 2. Go to the “Service” tab.

Step 3. Choose “Hide all Microsoft Services” and then click on “Disable all” button.

Step 4. Now go to the “Startup” tab and choose “Open Task Manager” and you will get to see many items under this option.

Step 5. Choose each one of the items separately and Disable them.

Step 6. Finally, exit the “Task Manager” and click “ok” button and then restart your computer.

Now check if the error code is reappearing or not. Most probably it will not.

But if it is still persisting, you can try out the next method.

Method #5: Run System Restore

System restores simply reverts your system back to the status when the error 0x80070652 was not present actively.

So just by restoring the system back to the previous status, the error source is automatically rooted out leaving with you with no further troubles.

Read the steps below to do the system restore:

Step 1. Go to “Control Panel” by right click on the “Start” button.

Step 2. Go to the search box, type “Recovery” to search for it.

Step 3. Choose “Open System Restore” and click on “Next” option.

Step 4. Now choose the restore point that you think does not contain the error code 0x80070652 .

Step 5. Click “Next” and then “Finish”.

Hopefully, this would definitely work out.

Method #6: Run Batch Script

When everything seems to fail you in your attempt, then comes the final usage of the batch script.

Just do the following tricks and it will certainly work out:

Step 1. Open a Notepad.

Step 2. Simply copy and paste the following command in it:

@CHECH OFF

echo Simple Script to Reset / Clear Windows Update

echo.

PAUSE

echo.

attrib -h -r-% windir% \ system32 \ catroot2

attrib -h -r-% windir% \ system32 \ catroot2 \ *. *

net stop wuauserv

net stop CryptSvc

net stop BITS

ren% windir% \ system32 \ catroot2 catroot2 .reg

ren% windir% \ SoftwareDistribution sold.old

ren “% ALLUSERSPROFILE% \ application data \ Microsoft \ Network \ downloader” downloader.old

net Start BITS

net start CryptSvc

net start wuauserv

echo.

echo Task completed successfully …

echo.

PAUSE

Step 3. Now save the file with the name “WUReset.bat”

NOTE: Remember, the quotes are also part of the name.

Step 4. After saving it, right-click on the file and run it as an administrator.

Get the all-clear to go and then reboot your computer.

Voila! It’s done.

Method #7: Update System Drivers

If your update system drivers are not working in the right manners, the error 0x80070652 will most certainly give you a headache.

So you need to keep your drivers updated periodically to avoid any such errors.

Follow the steps to know how to update your Windows 10 drivers.

Step 1. Right-click on “start” button and choose “Device Manager” from the sub-menu.

Step 2. You will get to see a huge list of drivers on the Device Manager Window. Right-click on each one of them and select “Update Driver Software” option from the context menu.

Step 3. Choose “Search automatically for updated driver software”.

Conclusion:

The 7 most tried out methods are elaborated above in the article. Now it is up to try out each one of them and decide which one works best in your case.

In case you still find it itching up your sleeves, seek a piece of expert advice but don’t mess up system files yourself out of your curiosity.

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