Several Windows 10 users have recently reported that they end up with an error code 0x80070437 when updating the latest security patches for their Windows. The same error code appeared with the following message and froze the PC screen-When the Windows Update error 0x80070437 appears on the screen, it automatically restarts your system and sometimes disabling all programs running on your system. There are many reasons for this error, for which we have collected some solutions as well. In this article, we have listed some strategies and solutions that can help you fix error 0x80070437 quickly. Let’s have a look.

Let us look into the causes of the Windows Update Error Code 0x80070437

The Windows Update Error Code 0x80070437 can occur as a result of several reasons, including;

  • Permission issues for required Windows Services
  • Damaged Windows Update files
  • Insufficient Drive space
  • External Hardware devices
  • Unexpected Logout 

 Some workarounds:

Before moving on to the sure solutions, you can try these tricks to troubleshoot the Windows Update error code 0x80070437 from your system. These simple tricks have helped many Windows users, so we strongly recommend them here.

  • Ensure your system has enough Disk space: If your system runs out of disk space, you will receive the same error during the update process. So, you need to make sure that your system has enough disk space.
  • Remove External Hardware: External hardware devices, such as printers, USB flash drives, or speakers, can sometimes cause error code 0x80070437. Here try unplugging devices that are not currently in use.
  • Perform a malware scan: In most cases, the malware on your system interrupted the installation of the latest updates. The best solution here is running a malware scan.

Solutions to fix Windows Update error code 0x80070437

Fix 1: Run Windows Update Troubleshooter:

Windows Update Troubleshooter is a Microsoft built-in tool designed to help users fixing any update errors. When you see any update error message, you must first run the Windows Update Troubleshooter tool. You can run it here by following these steps,

  • Firstly, right-click over the Start button and select Settings from the context menu.
  • Then inside the Settings app, select the Update and Security category.troubleshoot settings
  • Now select Troubleshooter from the left pane menu and click on the Additional troubleshooters link.Run Windows Troubleshooter
  • Then find and select Windows Update and click on Run the troubleshooter tab.
  • Finally, check the said issue is resolved for you or not. 

Fix 2: Run DISM scan:

If any system files are corrupted or damaged, it may lead to Windows Update error code 0x80070437. The best solution is to run a DISM scan to detect and repair corrupted system files.

  • Firstly, press Windows + R to launch the RUN dialog box, then type cmd, and press OK.
  • Now the Command Prompt window appears before you (Make sure you open it with administrative access).DISM restorehealth
  • Inside the Command prompt, type or copy then paste the following command and then press Enter,

DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth

  • Finally, reboot the system and check for the result.

Fix 3: Run chkdsk:

Sometimes the Windows Update error code 0x80070437 issue can occur as a result of a hard drive error. In this scenario, you need to repair hard drive errors. To check hard drive errors, you can follow these steps,

  • Firstly, press Windows + R to launch the RUN dialog box, then type cmd, and press OK.
  •  The Command Prompt window will appear before you (Make sure you open it with administrative access). 
  • Inside the Command prompttype or copy then paste the following command and then press Enter,

chkdsk/f C:

Here letter “C:” indicates the drive name in your system. You can also check other drives; instead of C:, you can type D: or F: etc.

  • Finally, restart the system and check for the progress.

Fix 4: Restart the Windows Update service:

Some suffered users managed to escape from the Windows Update error code 0x80070437 by restarting the Windows update service. To restart the Windows update service, you can follow these below-given steps,

  • Firstly, in the taskbar search box, type services.MSC and open the Services window from the search result.
  • In the Services window, please scroll down and select Windows update, right-click over it and click on Stop.
  • Now press Windows + R simultaneously to open the RUN dialog box, then type the following command and then press Enter,

C:\Windows\SoftwareDistribution

  • Here select all the items and click on Delete.
  • Once again, open the Services window, select and right-click over Windows update service, and select Start.
  • Finally, the said issue will get resolved for you.

Fix 5: Reset Windows Update Service:

Another solution to resolve the Windows Update error code 0x80070437 is resetting the Windows update service. To reset the Windows update service, you can follow these steps,

  • Firstly, press Windows + R simultaneously to open the RUN dialog box, then type cmd and open Command Prompt window.
  • inside the Command Prompt windows type or copy then paste the following commands and then press Enter 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 wuauserv

net start cryptSvc

net start bits

net start msiserver

· Once you executed all commands, close all windows and try again to update your Windows.

Fix 6: Install the Windows Latest Update Manually:

At times, installing the updates manually helps to resolve the Windows Update error code 0x80070437. To update your Windows manually, follow these steps,

  • Firstly, right-click on the Start button and select Settings from the context menu. 
  • Inside the Settings app, select the Update & Security category.View update history
  • Then click on View update History from the right pane menu, and from the list, choose the update that failed to install on your system.
  • Now go to the Microsoft Catalog webpage, and in the search box, type the update number, for example (KB:12346).
  • From there, download the same update and install it on your system manually by following the on-screen instructions.
  • Finally, restart the system and check for the improvement.

Fix 7: Enable Windows Defender Firewall Services:

If any of the above solutions did not help you in your case, then you need to activate Windows Defender Firewall Services. To enable Windows Defender Firewall services, follow these steps,

  • Firstly, in the taskbar search box, type services.MSC and open the Services window from the search result.
  • In the Services window, please scroll down to find Windows Defender Firewall, right-click over it and select its Properties.
  • In the newly opened prompt, go to the Log On tab and select This account.
  • Then type Local Service next to This account. If a password protects your system, then type the same password in the respective password boxes and click on Apply.
  • Now select the General tab from the top vertical menu and set Startup type as Automatic and click on the OK button. 
  • Once done, restart the system for the changes to take effect.
  • When the system starts again, go to the Update and Security window and try to update your Windows from there. 

These are all about the Windows Update error code 0x80070437 issue and its solutions. If you have any doubts and queries after reading this article, please leave a comment in the below comment box.