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How to Solve Potential Windows Update Database Error

Handling Windows update is always a frustrating thing since many Windows update errors may occur. And the issue potential Windows Update Database error detected would occur when running Windows Update Troubleshooter.

If you are facing issues downloading or installing Windows Updates on your Windows 10 computer, and you run the Windows Update Troubleshooter or the WU online troubleshooter to fix the issue – but instead of resolving the problem the troubleshooter itself throws up a message Potential Windows Update Database error detected or Windows Update components must be repaired! What do you do in such a case!? 

Potential Windows Update Database Error Detected

It is possible for you to encounter some Windows update problems when you are trying to update Windows. Thus, you may run Windows Update Troubleshooter to fix the problem. However, instead of solving problem, you may also receive an error message potential Windows Update Database error detected (Not fixed).

In fact, handing Windows Update is always a challenging thing because many issues may occur when running it, such as the issue Windows Update cannot currently check for updates.

Solutions to Potential Windows Update Database Error Detected

To backup files, you can take advantage of a piece of third-party software. Here, the professional Windows backup software – MiniTool ShadowMaker is recommended.

MiniTool ShadowMaker is a user-friendly program. It has the ability to back up the operating system, file, folder, disk, and partition with its various powerful features. It also enables you to synchronize files to two or more locations so as to keep data safe.

In addition, MiniTool ShadowMaker provides the restore service which can help users to restore the computer to an earlier date or get the data back. Compared to the Windows snap-in backup tool, MiniTool ShadowMaker is more effective because sometimes Windows backup may fail to work.

Thus, you can download MiniTool ShadowMaker from the following button and install it on your computer to provide protection for your data and PC.

Step 1: Install MiniTool ShadowMaker on your computer, launch it and click Keep Trail to continue.

Step 2: In the popup window, choose Connect in This Computer to enter its main interface.

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Step 2: After entering its main interface, go to the Backup page and click Source module to choose Folder and Files and check the files you want to back up.

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Step 3: Next, click Destination tab to decide where you want to the backup image to. It is recommended to choose an external hard drive.

Step 4: Then click Back up Now to perform the backup task immediately or choose Back up Later to delay the backup task.

When the backup process is finished, you can effectively keep the data safe. Now, it is time to repair Windows Update Database corruption problem.

Solution 1. Use System File Checker Tool

The issue potential Windows Update Database error detected error may occur when there is a corruption of the system files. In order to repair Windows update, you can run System File Checker to check the status of system files and repair the corrupted system files.

You can rely on the following operation methods to repair Windows Update Database corruption.

Step 1: Type cmd in the search box of Windows and right-click on the Command Prompt icon and choose Run as administrator to continue.

Step 2: In the popup command window, input sfc/ scannow and hit Enter to go on.

Step 3: Then the process will begin and it will take several minutes. You can’t close the command window until you see the message Verification 100% complete.

When the process is finished, you can restart your computer and check whether the issue potential Windows Update Database error detected is solved and whether you can perform Windows update.

Solution 2. Run DISM Tool

If you meet the issue potential Windows Update Database error detected when you run Windows Update Troubleshooter, you can try to run DISM tool to solve this problem. The DISM tool can be used in many situations and one of them is to repair the corrupted Windows update files.

So just follow the step-by-step instructions to run the DISM tool.

Step 1: Type cmd in the search box of Windows and right-click on the Command Prompt icon and choose Run as administrator to continue.

Step 2: In the popup window, input the following commands. Please remember that you need to hit Enter to continue after each command.

DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /scanhealth 
DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth

This process will take a long time, so please wait patiently and don’t interrupt it. When the process is finished, you can reboot your computer to check whether the Windows update error is solved.

Solution 3. Reset Windows Update Components Manually

Here, we will introduce the third method to fix Windows update error potential Windows Update Database error detected. In this way, you can try to reset Windows Update components manually. Now, you can go on based on following instructions.

Step 1: Type cmd in the search box of Windows and right-click on Command Prompt icon and right-click it to choose Run as administrator to continue.

Step 2: In the popup window, type the following commands and please remember to hit Enter to continue after each command.

net stop wuauserv
net stop cryptSvc
net stop bits
net stop msiserver
Ren C:\\Windows\\SoftwareDistribution SoftwareDistribution.old
Ren C:\\Windows\\System32\\catroot2 Catroot2.old
net start wuauservnet start cryptSvc
net start bits
net start msiserver

Step 3: After the process is finished, you can exit the command window and try to reboot your computer to check whether the Windows update problem potential Windows Update Database error detected is solved.

Other methods you can try out including perform a clean boot and reset the computer, etc. 

After you have successfully solved the problem, you had better create a system image to avoid some accidents. Thus, MiniTool ShadowMaker is capable of doing that.

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