Windows error code 80070490 (Error Code 0x80070490 Windows updates could not look for updates.) can be solved. Check out our guide for troubleshooting the Update error code and how to prevent it from coming back in the future.
The error is related to Windows Update and occurs when you try to connect to either the Windows Update or Microsft Update websites. As soon as a connection is attempted the error code is displayed and updates will not install.
What the experts recommended when Windows code 80070490 is displayed
If there is a problem with the Component Based Servicing architecture this can be the cause of this type of error code. The Component Based Servicing is architecture in Windows Vista that changes the manner in which Windows Updates are installed. There are two different methods you can use to resolve the error problem when you connect to the Update websites.
There is a System Update Readiness tool which is available for searching for problems with servicing operations such as CBS. You can obtain a download of the System Update Readiness Tool from the Windows Update website and once downloaded it will scan and fix any problems with servicing operations. You can access it by clicking on Start
and then choosing Control Panel
from the menu. Click on Security
and then choose Windows Updates
and select Check for updates
. Try to install updates again.
The second method involves performing a repair installation of the Windows Vista operating system. You can accomplish this by rebooting your PC and inserting the Windows Vista CD. When the setup window appears choose Install Now
When you are prompted click on Go online to obtain the latest updates for installation
. Press the key for the CD and then choose Yes
to agree to the Microsoft Software License Terms. When the next screen appears it will ask you about the type of installation you desire and you can simply choose Upgrade
. Try installing Windows updates again.
TipFor more information, please see: How to fix Update error #80070490