Even though Microsoft is always working to fix bugs and issues that users are running into when using Windows, just like every piece of software, the operating system can't be perfectly bug-free. For example, there are still random errors that users experience with Windows Update so Microsoft is offering a new tool for its users to troubleshoot them. The tool is available as a Fix It package and can be used on Windows 7, Windows 8.1 and Windows 10.
Releasing a tool like this can really help in troubleshooting the most popular issues for home users and IT pros since Microsoft Support isn't always able to walk you through the troubleshooting steps. There are forums too like the Microsoft Answers forum but they require reading instructions and following many steps which is intimidating for casual users.
A troubleshooting Fix It tool automates many of these steps and can determine many of the incorrectly configured settings. It can also save support costs by allowing the user to fix things by himself simply by downloading and running the tool.
Windows Update represents an area where there are significant changes in Windows 10 because of the how the operating system is now delivered and serviced. So the most common issues in Windows 10 are related to Windows Update.
The official description of the "Fix Windows Update errors" tool says this:
What does this guided walk-through do?
This guided walk-through provides steps to fix problems when installing updates. Here are some commonly seen error codes: 0x80073712, 0x800705B4, 0x80004005, 0x8024402F, 0x80070002, 0x80070643, 0x80070003, 0x8024200B, 0x80070422, 0x80070020. These steps should help with all errors and not just the ones listed.
How does it work?
We’ll walk you through a series of troubleshooting steps to get your Windows up to date. Be sure to follow the steps in order.
As you may know, Microsoft isn't supporting Windows 8 because Windows 8.1 is still available as a free upgrade from the Windows Store, so if you're experiencing any Windows Update errors on Windows 8, you should update to Windows 8.1 first.
You can download the "Fix Windows Update errors" tool from here: