Windows 10 & Windows Server Update Error 0x800705b4

KB ID 0001569


I can’t remember Windows being so diabolically bad at simply updating? I built a new 2016 server, simply to create a VM template, and it would not update;

Windows Update Error 0x800705b4

There were some problems installing updates, but we’ll try again later. If you keep. seeing this and want to search the web or contact support for information this may help: (0x800705b4)


Well that’s a very polite but useless error! (Thanks anyway). One thing I have noticed, is this tends to happen if one of the updates is an update for Windows Defender, so open that fist, and perform a manual update of that, then try again.

Manually Update Defender

If that does not work, then run SCONFIG, and select  option 6.

Windows Update with SCONFIG

A new windows will open, follow the instructions, (THIS TAKES AGES.) Seriously, start if going, and check it the next day!

Force Windows Update with SCONFIG

After that, you should be good to go 🙂

Windows 2016 Fuilly Updated

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Author: PeteLong

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  1. There’s been quite a few issues with Server 2016 and Windows Updates, mostly with it taking considerably longer to download and apply updates, compared to Server 2012. Supposedly Server 2019 doesn’t have the issue. See for details.

    I’ve had a few Server 2016 VMs take hours to download and install updates. The equivalent VM running Server 2012 would be done in typically 15 mins.

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