A quick fix for the 0x8007042c error in Windows 10

Microsoft delivers new updates for Windows 10 rather frequently. But those patches are not always installed correctly or without errors in the process. There is even a category of errors that occur during this procedure. Today we are going talk about the error with the 0x8007042c code and explain in depth how to fix it with three most effective methods.

Solving the problem with the error code: 0x8007042c

When the error with this code appears, you already know that something went wrong during the installation and the system will retry to perform the procedure later. In most cases, it is never fixed automatically. That is why you need to perform certain actions that will bring Windows Update Center back to senses.

Before we proceed, we highly recommend you to go to the folder C:\Windows\SoftwareDistribution\Download\ and delete everything in it using the privileges of the Administrator account in Windows 10. After deleting files, you can try to start the update manually once again. If that procedure also fails and ends with the 0x8007042c error, then use one of the methods written below.

Method #1: Windows Services

Sometimes system failures deactivate certain services, and sometimes users deactivate them accidentally by clicking unknown buttons. Usually, this is the main reason why certain functions are not working as intended. When you get the 0x8007042c error, you should pay attention to the following Windows Services:

  • Press Win+R on your keyboard and type services.msc in the window to appear. Click “OK” or hit Enter.
  • In the Services menu, you need to find “Windows Event Log” and double-click it.
  • Make sure that its startup type is set to Automatic. If this service is stopped, activate it and apply the changes.
  • Close the previous windows and look for the line “Remote Procedure Call (PRC).”
  • Open it and repeat the actions performed on the third step.
  • Now you need to check Windows Update. Open it, set its startup type to Automatic, activate the service (if it was not active), and apply the changes.

After completing all these steps, you just need to wait for the automatic installation of the update, or you can start it manually if you don’t want to wait.

Method #2: Check the integrity of system files

When system files are corrupted, Windows may not work properly striking down poor uninformed users with various error codes including 0x8007042c. Thankfully, you can manually check system files and try to repair it with the integrated utility. This is what you need to do:

  • Open your Start Menu and type “Command prompt” in the search bar.
  • Right-click the Command Prompt icon and select “Run as administrator.”
  • In the window that will open, you need to type the following command: sfc /scannow. Then press Enter.
  • Wait for the system to analyze system files. It some files are corrupted, the tool will try to repair them. The utility will inform you when it is done.
  • Reboot your computer and try to install the update you were having problems with.

If the analysis did not go as intended, or you get the notification saying it is impossible to scan files, then, most likely, the folder with the system files is corrupted. When this happens, you should try to repair the system with another utility called DISM:

  • Run Command Prompt as administrator and type the following command: DISM /Online /Cleanup-Image /ScanHealth. Hit Enter.
  • Wait for the scan to end, and it finds damaged files use the command: DISM /Online /Cleanup-Image /RestoreHealth.
  • When it is over, reboot your computer and run the utility sfc /scannow once again.

Method #3: scan your system with antivirus software

Two previous methods are the most effective ones, and they should fix all your problems with the 0x8007042c error. However, if your system is infected with malicious code and files, system scans and integrity files checks won’t help you. In this case, we recommend you to download and install an advanced antivirus or antimalware solution of your choice. There are multiple free alternatives for the most popular antiviruses, which should be enough to detect possible malware infection on your PC.

Method #4: install the updates manually

Manual update installation is not guaranteed to solve the problem with the 0x8007042c error, but it lets you avoid the error and install all necessary updates. A very simple procedure can be done in a few clicks. You just need to know what to download. If you have any difficulties with the manual installation of updates for Windows 10, look for the detailed guide on our site.

Final words

It can be difficult to fix the 0x8007042c error in Windows 10 from time to time because there can be multiple causes provoking it. Due to this fact, you must try all possible solutions and methods in order to find the one that will be the most effective in your particular case. The methods we described in today’s guide should help you, as each one of them will be effective under certain conditions.