Using sconfig To Resolve Windows Server Update Issues

We’ve all seen “There were some problems installing updates, but we’ll try again later.” at one point or another. Many times simply running sfc /scannow will resolve the problem but not always. When that fails, look at running the sconfig utility. Now you need to be careful, it lets you do a lot of scary things such as change domain name, computer name, network settings, etc. What it also lets you do is run Windows Updates, either in a group or one at a time. It’s always come through and today was no different.

I had a bunch of Windows Server 2016 boxes getting the following error:

“There were some problems installing updates, but we’ll try again later. If you keep seeing this and want to search the web or contact support for information, this may help: (0x800705b4)”

Only two updates were pending: KB4284833 and KB 2267602. sfc /scannow found no issues and neither did the Windows Update Troubleshooter. So I used my tool of last restore, sconfig to install each of these updates separately without issue. I’ve never looked into why this works when normal Windows Update fails, I just know it does.

If you want more information on sconfig, check out Jeff Woolsey’s blog entry:

https://blogs.technet.microsoft.com/virtualization/2009/07/07/windows-server-2008-r2-core-introducing-sconfig/

 

 

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