The error 0x80070490 is a status code, a response made by the server to a client’s request when there is a corrupted file or process in the Component-Based Servicing (CBS) System Component Store.

In simple terms, CBS is a trusted installer present in the Windows Vista operating system that overlooks updates and checks for instability in case of partial or incomplete updates. System Component Store. The System Component Store functions towards installation, customization, and updating of the Windows operating system.

0x80070490 Error Code in Windows 10

Things to know about 0x80070490 error

The 0x80070490 error is mostly encountered during a system update or updating an app retrieved from Microsoft. When error code 0x80070490 appeared on the user’s screen, another common situation was performing system update from Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 to Windows 10.

While above mentioned are the most common situations under which the 0x80070490 code was seen, some users also encountered windows update error 0x80070490 while purchasing a game or an application from the Microsoft store.

Error code 0x80070490 hinders access to the installation process of new updates.

What are the causes that trigger error 0x80070490 to appear on the window screens?

  • The files in Component-Based Servicing (CBS) or System Component Store become corrupt.
  • An additional anti-virus application is preventing the update.
  • Some services required for system updates are manually disabled.
  • Synchronization issues
  • Corruption within the Registry files.

Solutions to fix the 0x80070490 error

Listed below are some methods that proved effective while fixing the 0x80070490 error. These solutions are most effective with the windows update error 0x80070490; the following error code when appearing with the Xbox gaming console can not be fixed with these steps.

It is essential to understand why the following error code 0x80070490 appeared on the screen and find the required solution to that problem.

Step 1 — Disable the additional Anti-virus.

Sometimes the 3rd-party virus can block the user from updating Windows. Windows updates the computer software’s overall safety, and the computer software considers the presence of irrelevant applications as a threat. Run a troubleshoot; this might help narrow down the issue further.

Sometimes due to conflict between the built-in security software (Windows Defender) and the additional anti-virus, the required steps for windows updates are hampered. Hence disabling Windows defender and then troubleshooting can help you understand whether it was the conflict between the two applications or the additional Anti-virus application causing the problem.

First, disable the anti-virus or uninstall it and the firewall from it. After this, restart your computer. If the sole issue were the additional anti-virus, your computer would no longer show 0x80070490 error, and the windows update will run smoothly.

In case the device still shows the error code 0x80070490, then move onto the next step.

Step 2 — Windows Repair Suite

Windows Repair Suite is a repair tool known to solve various windows problems, including issues with windows update. It is compatible with nearly all versions of Windows software.

It is a freemium application that can be downloaded from the web. Here is what to do-

  • Download & Install Windows Repair
  • Open Windows Repair
  • Select the Repair-Main tab and click on Open Repairs. This will open up a new tab.
  • Choose the drop-down menu under Repairs, and under that, select the Windows Repair Preset.
  • After selecting the repair strategies, click on Start Repairs and wait for the process to complete
  • After the process is complete, restart the computer and update the Windows software one more time.

If after following the above steps you still see error 0x80070490, then move onto the next step.

Step 3 — The system scan

Windows has a built-in tool that helps to resolve corruption issues related to the error code 0x80070490. The system file checker will narrow down the faulty registry files and attempt to repair them. You can access the System File checker through the Command prompt.

Here are the steps to use the System File checker to resolve the 0x80070490 error-

  • In the bottom left corner of the window screen, locate the Start
  • In the search box of the start menu, type “cmd.”
  • Right-click on Command Prompt and select Run as administrator
  • In Command Prompt, type “sfc /scannow”
  • Click on Enter
  • A system-wide scan would start, which sometimes takes more than 20 minutes to finish. Do not restart or shut down your computer while the scan is going on
  • After the scan is done, check if it says that the CBS store is corrupted. If it is corrupted, then paste the following Dism command and press Enter:

Dism /Online /Cleanup-Image /restorehealth

In case there is no mention of corruption in the CBS, then do not run the Dism command as it will not give any results

  • When the clean-up is done, close Command Prompt
  • Press Windows key + R to open a Run window
  • Type “services.msc” and press Enter
  • This will open the Services window
  • locate the Windows Update entry in the Services window
  • Right-click on it and select Restart
  • Once the service is restarted, repeat the procedure with Windows Module Installer

Once all these steps are achieved, try to update the windows software again. If the error code 0x80070490 still appears, then move onto the next step.

Step 4 — Manually Reset Windows Update (WU) Components

If all the steps until now have proven to be unsuccessful, then this step might prove useful. This is one of the lengthiest procedures to fix the 0x80070490 error.

This procedure includes manually disabling key Windows Update services using Command Prompt. The following steps should be followed-

  • In the bottom left corner of the window screen, locate the Start
  • In the search box of the start menu, type “cmd.”
  • Right-click on Command Prompt and select Run as administrator
  • In the Command Prompt, it is essential to stop the BITS, Cryptographic, MSI Installer, and Windows Update services one by one
  • Type or paste the commands below into the Command prompt and click Enter after each one:

net stop wuauserv

net stop cryptSvc

net stop bits

net stop msiserver

  • After the services are disabled, Use the following commands in Command Prompt window and click Enter after each one:

ren C:\Windows\SoftwareDistribution SoftwareDistribution.old

ren C:\Windows\System32\catroot2 Catroot2.old

  • Post this restart; the services are disabled. Type the following commands in the Command Prompt and click Enter after each one:

net start wuauserv

net start cryptSvc

net start bits

net start msiserver

  • Post this, close the Command Prompt
  • Restart your computer

If the 0x80070490 error still shows on your device. Move onto the final step.

Method 5 — Doing a System restore

If none of the methods showed positive results, then the last resort restores the previous version of Windows when it was working properly. System Restore is a recovery tool that allows reversing previous changes in the system.

Here are the steps to follow:

  • Press Windows key + R
  • Type ‘rstrui’ and press Enter to open System Restore.
  • Select Next in the first window and then check the box next to Show more restore points
  • Select a restore point before to when the application started malfunctioning and click the Next button
  • Click on Finish and then click Yes at the next prompt to start the restore process.
  • Once the process is complete, the computer will restart automatically.

After the process, the Operating System will be restored, and the device will no more show the error.

These are the steps that can help solve the windows update error 0x80070490 on your PC.


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