Windows 10: Windows 10 Updates Fail 0xe0000003

Discus and support Windows 10 Updates Fail 0xe0000003 in Windows 10 Installation and Upgrade to solve the problem; Hello - I've had this error since 20H2 became available in October. However I finally resolved the problem. Let me tell you what I did. First, I... Discussion in 'Windows 10 Installation and Upgrade' started by Berne Stober, Apr 21, 2021.

  1. Windows 10 Updates Fail 0xe0000003


    Hello - I've had this error since 20H2 became available in October. However I finally resolved the problem. Let me tell you what I did. First, I tried all of the other things I could find on the web to solve the problem. None of them worked. I was not about to do a clean install. Yesterday I ran the windows update standalone tool. It checked my hardware and found no issues except that my disk drive did not meet the criteria. Today I googled around and found that somewhere in the last several years, MS assumed you had a GPT disk. All new WIN10 installs convert your disk to a GPT disk. My win10 install was an upgrade from win7 which probably was also an upgrade from Win xp. I found some information on Tom's hardware site about problem with update due to using a non-GPT disk. I followed the procedures at that site to check and indeed I did not have a GPT disk as my system disk. I then googled around to find a way to convert a disk into GPT without losing data. MS of course recommends a complete wipe and reformat to convert the disk to a GPT disk. Which is a nonstarter for a system that has old software from the 00's that I can't locate installation media. There are several tools available, either free or paid. I used EASEUS Partition master, on a seven day trial basis. After mucking around through the menus I was able to convert the disk to GPT. Prior to this I had corrected disk errors with a chkdsk /f. Then I added a small partition to the disk as the Tom's hardware writeup recommended. Then using the standalone update utility I again tried to update. This time the PC passed all the hardware tests, and started the update process, which took quite a while. In previous updates it would always stop at 7% update, then restart several times and finally on last restart roll everything back. This time though it broke through. I write this hoping that this will help other unfortunates who are stuck in update hell through MS negligence in managing their software. Good luck!

    :)
     
    Berne Stober, Apr 21, 2021
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    ArunXT, Apr 21, 2021
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  3. Windows 10 fails to update


    When you finish testing the Avast suggestion, make sure that you restart your machine.

    Then if the issue persists, please return to the trouble shooting list in post# 89

    I think there are three steps that remain; the WU troubleshooter, reset WU components, and manual WU reset.
     
    Slartybart, Apr 21, 2021
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  4. jds21 Win User

    Windows 10 Updates Fail 0xe0000003

    Windows Updates failed to instal

    I just did step one and they have just all installed.... thank you so much.... it was quite frustrating having that update window pop up every 5 minutes and failing to instal every time

    Thanks mate
     
    jds21, Apr 21, 2021
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