Fix potential Windows Update database error detected

Microsoft makes sure it fixes bugs and errors with every new update, but there still some errors that persist on Windows 10, such as the error potential Windows Update database error. This error doesn’t let you access the C:/Windows folder because of incorrect or corrupted registries. But worry not you can fix this problem by simply following the methods given below.

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How to fix the Windows Update database error?

Run a clean boot on your computer:

  • Press the Windows key + R key
  • The RUN dialogue box will appear.
  • Type MSConfig and press Enter
  • Now head over to the services tab in the system configuration window and choose the hide all Microsoft services option.
  • Now click the Disable all button.
  • Now head over to the Startup tab and click open task manager.
  • Now disable every startup item from the list.
  • Now navigate back to the system configuration window and click apply.
  • Click ok and save changes.
  • After that, restart your PC and see if the issue is fixed.

Run the Windows Update Troubleshooter:

Windows troubleshooter is a tool designed to eliminate any bugs related to Windows.
To run the Windows update troubleshooter, follow the below-mentioned steps:
• Fist click Select Start
• Then click Settings
• Now select Update & Security

• Then click on Troubleshoot
• Then select Windows Update under Get up and Running and click Run the troubleshooter.

Perform an SFC and DSIM scan:

  • Press Windows key + X key
  • The command prompt window will open click on the run an administrator.
  • Now type in the following command.


  • Then press Enter
  • After SFC is scanned, type in the DSIM command mentioned below.

DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth

  • After the command runs, restart your PC


The Windows database errors are common and occur quite often and so we think this guide would be helpful to you whenever such issue arises.

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