While Windows is a great operating system that most users use, it also has some issues, especially when it comes to errors. These errors are usually accompanied by code, which you can find in Microsoft’s help or in our various guides. However, the error we will focus on today is a bit different.
What is the cause of the “Potential Windows Update database error detected” issue?
- Software error.
- Malware or virus infection
- Outdated hardware drivers
- Damaged system resistors
- Windows Update cache is full.
- Unstable network connection
- Using corrupted or hacked Windows operating system.
How to repair the “Potential Windows Update database error found” error?
Perform an SFC scan
- Press the Windows + X key to open the Win + X menu.
- Then select Command Prompt (Admin) from the list.
- If the command line is not available, you can use PowerShell (Admin) instead.
- When the command prompt opens, type sfc /scannow and press Enter to start. An SFC scan is then started, which tries to restore your computer. This process may take about 15 minutes, so don’t interrupt it.
- After the SFC scan is complete, check to see if the problem persists. If the problem persists, run the DISM scan instead.
Perform a reboot
- Press the Windows + R keys and type MSConfig.
- Press Enter or press OK.
- Click the Services tab and turn on the Hide all Microsoft services option.
- Click the Disable All button.
- Now go to the Autorun tab and click Open Task Manager.
- A list of running applications will appear.
- Right-click the first application in the list and select Disable.
- Repeat this step for all applications in the list.
- Now return to the System Configuration window and click Apply and OK to save your changes.
- If you are prompted to restart your computer, select Restart Now.
Launch Windows Update Troubleshooting
- Move the mouse cursor to the upper right side of the screen.
- After the icon bar opens, click or left-click on the Search function.
- In the search box, type Control Panel. Click or tap the Control Panel icon.
- Click or left-tap the Troubleshooting function.
- Click or tap the Show All button on the left side of the screen.
- A list of options will appear and you will need to left-click or tap on Windows Updates.
- Click or left-click on the Next button at the bottom of the window.
- Follow the instructions on the screen to complete troubleshooting Windows Updates.
- Reboot your Windows 10 device after the troubleshooting is complete.
- Try again and see if the error message appears.
Update your computer
- Open the Settings app.
- Click or left-click on the General option.
- In the window that appears, go to the Update PC without touching the files.
- Left-click or tap the First Steps button for this Windows 10 feature.
- Next, follow the instructions on the screen and wait for the process to complete.
- Once this process is complete, reboot your Windows 10 device.
- Check again to see if you are still getting the “Windows Update database error detected” message.
Frequently Asked Questions
- Update your computer. Open the Settings application.
- Use third-party repair software.
- Perform troubleshooting.
- Perform an SFC check.
- Restart the Windows Update service and rename the affected files.
- Perform a reboot.
- Run the Windows Update troubleshooter.
- Run the DISM tool.
- Manually reset the Windows Updates components.
- Run a system file scan.
- Temporarily disable your antivirus security program.
- Manually download updates.
- Rename the SoftwareDistribution folder.
- Try running Windows Update to fix it.
- Run SFC and DISM checks on your computer.
- Reboot your computer.
You can manually download updates from the Microsoft Update catalog and manually install them on your computer. Many users have reported that this solution worked.