In this guide, we will talk about an error code 0x80070013, what triggers it, and a handful of solutions that may make this issue go away. 

Though some users encountered this error while creating a restore point or using the existing ones, this mostly occurs when you try to install available updates on your device. Whatever is the reason in your case, fix that by applying the workarounds discussed in this article. 

Error 0x80070013 in Windows

Fix Update Error Code 0x80070013 on Windows 11/10

If you are getting this error while updating Windows 11/10 OS, try out these workarounds –

1] Run Windows Update Troubleshooter

This is the best way to find and repair any issues that are blocking Windows Update from installing pending updates on your computer. Here’s how to troubleshoot Windows Update –

  • Press WinKey + I to launch Settings.
  • Click Update & Security > Troubleshoot.
  • Jump to the right pane, and click – Additional troubleshooters.
  • On the next screen, click to expand Windows Update, and hit Run the troubleshooter.

Windows Update Troubleshooter

  • This tool will then scan for underlying causes and resolve them.

When the troubleshooting completes, restart your PC, and check if you can now update your Build OS.

2] Check the status of all update-related services 

In case any one of the update-related services is disabled, this may throw some errors including 0x80070013. So, go and check the current status of all services and re-enable them (if you find any disabled). Here’s how to proceed –

  • Hit over the Windows icon and start typing ‘Services‘. 
  • Select the top result to launch the Windows Services Manager.
  • Locate Windows Update service, put a right-click over it, and hit Properties
  • Check what is there inside the Startup type. If this is set as disabled, change it to Manual. 

 Turn on Windows Backup Services

  • Click Apply then OK to confirm the changes made so far. 

 3] Reset Update Components

In case the above tool doesn’t fix the error code 0x80070013, the update components must have become corrupted. You may fix this issue then by purging out the Windows Cache folders, and stopping/restarting update-related services. 

Here’s a complete guide on how to reset Windows Update Components.

4] Manually download and install pending updates

If the error still occurs while updating Windows, you may go for the manual method. For each cumulative update that Microsoft releases, it uploads a standalone package at its Update Catalog site. 

Visit Microsoft’s Update Catalog and search for the update that is failing on your device. If you do find a standalone package corresponding to this, download and install it on your computer. In case you don’t know how to proceed, follow this tutorial.

 Note: Though it helps you to install the pending Windows 11/10 updates, it doesn’t fix the actual problem. You might encounter this error again when the new updates become available. 

Fix System Restore Error 0x80070013

Several users reported that they encounter this error while creating a new restore point or using the existing ones. If that’s the case, go through the below list of solutions for this – 

1] Inspect HDD by running CHKDSK

A hardware problem may also trigger such errors to occur and thus block available security/non-security/optional patches from ever installing. You may rule this out by checking for possible corruption on your hard disk drive. Here’s how to perform this task –

  • Press Win + X, and choose the option – Windows PowerShell (Admin).
  • On the elevated console, type the following, and press Enter

chkdsk C: /f /r /x

  • This code won’t run automatically as the volume is in use. Press “Y” when it says so, and restart your PC.

CHKDSK via PowerShell

  • When your system reloads, CHKDSK will take over. 
  • After the scanning completes, this will report the anomalies that it found during the scan.

If it does report any issue with the HDD, replace the same by purchasing a new one. We advise going for an SSD as this is considered 5 times better than the conventional hard disk. In case the above scan doesn’t reveal any issue on the hard drive, the error 0x80070013 must be occurring due to file corruption. 

2] Use System File Checker

Restoring PC or generating restore points may fail if there are files missing on your computer. To find and fix this, take the help of an inbuilt tool that goes by the name “SFC”. Here’s how to perform a scan using this utility program –

  • Open Command Prompt as an administrator.
  • Type “sfc /scannow” and press Enter.

SFC

  • Wait for this tool to analyze and repair possible file corruption on your device.
  • Once this is over, restart your PC.

When Windows 11/10 reloads, see if that helps. 

3] Run DISM scan 

Corruption of any kind inside Windows 10 Image may also start this nuisance. As a workaround, try running the DISM scan. The essential steps are outlined below –

  • Press Win + X, and select Run.
  • When it opens up, type ‘CMD’, and press Ctrl + Shift + Enter keys altogether. 
  • Doing so will invoke the Command Prompt as an administrator. 
  • On the elevated console, run these codes one after another –
Dism /Online /Cleanup-Image /CheckHealth
Dism /Online /Cleanup-Image /ScanHealth
Dism /Online /Cleanup-Image /RestoreHealth
  • When this is over, reboot your PC.

Sign back into your computer and check if you can now update Windows 11/10 normally.

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