There is a very common error problem that a lot of users of computers and laptops might encounter on Windows OS. That error is called Windows error code 80070103. It is a common one with Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1 and Windows 10 operating systems. Actually, the appearance o this error code on the screen should not be the main issue. The one matter is the warning message. The appearance of this error code itself might look different, depending on the OS you have. You might see some sentences on the screen such as “Windows could not search for new updates. An error occurred while checking for new updates for your computer”, “Error(s) found: Code 80070103 Windows Update encountered an unknown error” or Windows Update ran into a problem”.
Why does this error code 80070103 occur? There are some instances when you might get this error. Some of them include while installing the device driver when the same driver is already installed in the system, when Windows Update tries to install the device driver is of the higher rating than one that Windows tries to install, when upgrading the existing Windows OS (in this case, the issue is always the proxy or the internal conflict issue), and when the device driver is not working well or it is outdated.
There are several methods that can you try as the solutions to fix this error code 80070103. The first method is updating the device drivers. Your first encounter should be making sure that all device drivers are up to date and working well. This one is for the case where you just installed the new device. Please update the drivers for the device that has the yellow triangle next to its name in Device Manager. You are able to download and update all drivers for the system using Driver Agent tool. You have to download and install it. also, scan the computer for the outdated drivers and download all the drivers that needs to be updated. Updating the device driver manually might be the important thing to do. To update it manually, you have to click Start and type “devmgmt.msc” in the Run box before pressing the Enter button. Then, expand the Device Manager item before right clicking and choosing “Update Driver”. After that, please restart the computer when the update is complete.
The second one is hiding the update. You can try this one when you face the error when upgrading the Windows OS which means that Windows Update is trying to install the existing driver or update. This solution is for you to prevent Windows Update from performing such re-installation. To do so, you have to click to check for the updates. Then, click on the “Optional updates are available” link. The next thing you have to do is to right click on the update you have to hide before clicking on “Hide update”. Please make it complete by clicking to install the remaining updates, clicking OK and restarting the computer.