How to fix error 0x80070070 on Windows 10

During the installation process to upgrade to a new version of Windows 10, such as the Fall Creators Update or another feature update, you may get error code 0x80070070 – 0x50011, – 0x50012, or – 0x60000 using Windows Update, Media Creation Tool, or the Update Assistant.

Any of the 0x80070070 error messages are known upgrade problems with Windows 10. However, these aren’t significant issues, if you get any of the three error messages (0x80070070 – 0x50011, 0x80070070 – 0x50012, 0x80070070 – 0x60000) simply means that chances are your computer doesn’t have enough space to successfully complete the upgrade.

In this guide, you’ll learn the steps to fix error 0x80070070 as your device tries to upgrade to the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update or another feature update.

How to fix Windows 10 error 0x80070070

When you receive error 0x80070070 – 0x50011, 0x80070070 – 0x50012, or 0x80070070 – 0x60000, you only need to free up space on your main storage, or you’ll need to connect an external drive, such as USB flash drive with enough space that Windows 10 can use as a temporary storage.

Freeing up space using Settings

Typically, you’ll need around 16GB of free space to install Windows 10. If you don’t have enough space, you can simply delete files you don’t need or move them to an external drive.

If you’re running the Windows 10 Creators Update, you can also use the Storage sense to free up space.

  1. Open Settings.

  2. Click on System.

  3. Click on Storage.

  4. Under “Storage sense,” click the Change how we free up space link.

    Storage sense settings

  5. Turn on the toggle switch for: Delete temporary files that my apps aren’t using and Delete files that have been in the recycle bin for over 30 days.

  6. Click the Clean now button.

    Storage sense cleanup now option

You can also delete your system’s temporary files using the Settings app.

  1. Open Settings.

  2. Click on System.

  3. Click on Storage.

  4. Click the primary drive, which typically is the This PC (C:) drive.

    Storage settings on Windows 10

  5. Click on Temporary files.

    Storage usage, Temporary files

  6. Select the files you want to delete. It should be noted that temporary files include those temporary files from apps, files in the Downloads folder, those in the recycle bin, and previous installation files.

  7. Click the Remove files to complete the task.

    Remove temporary files on Windows 10

Freeing up space using Disk Cleanup tool

If you still need to free up more space, you can use the Disk Cleanup tool.

  1. Open File Explorer.

  2. Click on This PC.

  3. Right-click the drive with the Windows 10 installation and select Properties.

  4. Click the Disk Cleanup button.

    Windows 10 hard drive properties

  5. Click the Cleanup system files button.

  6. Check the items you want to delete. For example, Windows upgrade log files, Recycle Bin, Temporary Files, and System created Windows Error Reporting, but don’t select Temporary Windows Installation Files as these are the files to upgrade your system.

    Disk cleanup system files

  7. Click OK.

  8. Click Delete Files to complete the task.

Once you completed the steps and you have enough space try to upgrade to Windows 10 one more time, and you should no longer see any of the error messages.

If you’re still having Windows 10 installation problems, you can ask for more help in the PUREinfoTech forums.