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    • #1909070 Reply

      Susan Bradley
      AskWoody MVP

      Updates may fail to install and you may receive Error 0x80073701 Installation of updates may fail and you may receive the error message, “Updates Fail
      [See the full post at: Patch Lady – 1903 Error 0x80073701]

      Susan Bradley Patch Lady

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    • #1909092 Reply

      Da Boss

      The bugs this month are starting to reach epic proportions.

      Big question is whether MS will fix them in time.

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      This is caused by the multiple releases of July D-Week update KB4505903 in Release Preview Ring

      the first version of this update “18362.263” contained some updated components (particulary swenum.inf and ufxchipidea.inf)
      but then in later versions they removed these two components
      August update KB4512508 also don not contain those components

      the issue occur if the user ran Update Cleanup (via disk cleanup or manually with DISM tool) after installing the 18362.263 version of KB4505903, which removes and replace the inbox RTM version of the components with updated ones

      later when he try to install other versions or August update, they fail because neither the system have the RTM components, or the new updates have the updated components

      the issue seems to occur in x64 only

      there is an easy fix for this, but it’s for a little more experienced users

      as for Microsoft, the fix is also really easy, just release new cumulative update that contain updated version of the missing components
      they don’t even have to update the actual binaries

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        By the way, the root cause of this issue is the new servicing type of 1903 cumulative updates

        if you don’t know, 1903 CUs are service pack alike, they directly update inbox CBS packages with new versions, depending on the updated components

        this means, whenever Update Cleanup is executed (whether through disk cleanup, DISM tool or the scheduled Task “StartComponentCleanup”), the inbox CBS packages that have newer versions will be removed completely, and the active cumulative update will become the new base

        all updates actually become permanent, including the .NET or Adobe Flash

        another by the way, the ResetBase feature (introduced with Windows 8.1) was disabled in Windows 10 since first version 1507, which prevent removing the superseded RTM components

        but now with the new CU type in 1903, it bypass this fail-safe restriction

        FYI, 1903 was shipped with a bug caused by this CU type, which occur when integrating new CU into updated WinPE images

        but they fixed that with SSU KB4498523

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      • #1909334 Reply

        AskWoody Lounger

        I am impacted although error codes I got differ – see the below blurp from this post onwards:

        Care to share what’s this possible tweak to get this resolved?

        And yes, I do clean component store regularly, so this explanation is quite feasible.

        • This reply was modified 4 weeks, 1 day ago by  krzemien.
      • #1944833 Reply


        Could you describe  what this fix is for an W10 home user like me and how to apply it? Thank you!

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