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While Windows is a brilliant operating system used by the majority of users, it does have some issues, especially when it comes to errors. These errors usually come with a code that you can refer to over on the Microsoft help section, or in our various guides, but the one we’re focusing on today is a little different.
You’re likely to experience the “Potential Windows update database error detected” message when you’re trying to access Windows Update and are wanting to check for any potential operating system updates. Most of the updates you’re wanting to install are done automatically thus avoiding this problem but if you’re someone who has turned automatic updating off, then you have to manually update your machine and will be unable to due to this annoying error.
If you are one of these individuals that turned off automatic updates you may encounter even further problems such as 0x80070020, 0x80080005, 0x8024001f, 0x80244022, and 0x80096004 errors which could potentially be even more awkward to resolve.
However, the “Potential Windows update database error detected” problem isn’t just contained to updating your machine’s OS, it can also occur in other updating processes. There’s no concrete theory behind which processes are affected but if it does pop up, the methods of fixing it below will work on all.
There are actually a number of methods in solving the “Potential Windows update database error detected” error. Below we’ve listed the top six to give you different options if your first choice doesn’t end up working.
If you have a system restore point enabled, you might be able to go back in time and remove the “Potential Windows update database error detected” before it’s even a problem. If you haven’t enabled this, however, here’s how to do so and perform the resorts:
Performing a system restore
So there we have it, a bunch of methods for fixing “Potential Windows update database error detected”. If you haven’t been able to fix it with all of these suggestions then your problem might be even more deep routed and requires an IT technician to delve more into your machine’s core.