You may see this Error code 0x80070017 while updating windows 10/8 through windows update services. Few users also reported about this error while they are trying to enable windows firewall.
The probable solution for this error 0x80070017 to fix windows update services issue. To do it your own you need a little knowledge about windows registry structure.
Disclaimers: Before you attempt to fix an issue with the windows update, we highly recommend you to take a registry backup and create a system restore point as a precaution method. In case if something goes wrong, we can restore your computer to the same stage and fix the issues. (In case if you not sure how to back it up, talk to an expert for assistance.)
Note: Make sure you have set correct Date and time on your computer, try to install pending updates through other available networks.Run windows update troubleshooter.
When the issue is with windows update service, all you need to do is make sure its running and active on your machine under services in windows 10 operating system. Windows update service aka wuauserv helps to get latest updates into your PC. If you have knowledge and interest to fix this error 0x80070017 in windows updates follow these steps.
Open command prompt window as admin and type in the following commands.
net stop wuauserv
net start wuauserv
You can also do it directly from settings. Type in Windows 10 search bar for “services” and open it.
Then find the windows updates from the list of services, if it’s not showing active/running then restart it (Right click to see restart/stop/start options)
This will restart windows update services and fix basic issues. If the windows update error code 0x80070017 still exists, follow some more steps to fix the issue.
The system file scanning process is very simple to try while fixing issues with windows issues. Just follow these steps.
For most of the serious issues, and to save your time the best way to fix these critical issues are restoring to good healthy partition. Before doing this stop the windows update services.
Open the command prompt as admin (Mentioned above in SFC scan process), Then instead of running SFC scan now command type this following command in the window.
After some time your machine will be restored to good healthy state. Now you can start your windows updates as usual.
Microsoft has released several fix it tools/patches for most of the windows update troubleshooter issues. Depends on your requirement choose a right fix it tool for your issue and run it on your machine. This will help you when there are simple issues like folder missing errors, permissions related issues.
Download fix it tool- for WINDOWS 10 click here, for window 7/8/8.1.
In this method, we clean and recreate the software distribution folder by deleting all temporary files in it.
Follow this when you have less knowledge of windows technology about command prompts, files and registry fixing steps.