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Windows 10 KB4058258 Fails To Install (0x80073715): Is There Any Fix Yet?

Microsoft released the cumulative update KB4058258 for Windows 10 on January 10th, 2018. This was the last update for the month which brings fixes to various issues. Most common issues addressed by this update are distorted colors on televisions and monitors which have a 10-bit or higher color depth and AMD CPUs entering an unbootable state after installing the KB4056892. For the complete list of fixes go here.

Both KB4056892 (16299.192) and KB4058258 (16299.214) are some kinds of dangerous updates. I remember how the KB4056892 broke my Windows 10 PC and dropped the system in an unbootable state. The computer started but was unable to go past the Windows 10 logo. It returned an error stating "Your PC didn't start correctly" every time I switched it on. So, I had no other option except for a clean install of Windows 10. KB4058258 doesn't break your computer but it won't install at all on most AMD and Intel-based desktop or laptop computers. Some users also reported that KB4058258 broke their computer's system audio.

Windows 10 KB4058258 Fails To Install (0x80073715)

So, I think this cumulative update was rolled out by Microsoft in a hurry. Because every time I try to install KB4058258 it always returns an error code 0x80073715. Now, most Microsoft geeks out there will suggest manually downloading the update package from the Microsoft Update Catalog website. But I should make this clear that manual installation of KB4058258 also keeps on failing repeatedly and Windows update isn't working either giving the above-mentioned error code.

If somehow it gets installed then it will ask the user to restart the computer. But even after restarting the KB4058258 doesn't install and keep on asking for a reboot. Repeating the installation process or re-downloading the package won't fix the issue.

Currently, there is no fix for the error code generated by this cumulative update. And the only thing we can do is wait for another update that will fix the issues. Well for some people the manual installation method works. So if you want to try it then download the update package from this link. Do take care of 64-bit and 32-bit before downloading.

So, I tried many workarounds like deleting the SoftwareDistribution folder, clearing the Windows Update files, clearing the system cache, and updating the registry for my third-party antivirus software. But none of the workarounds actually worked and the cumulative update failed every time I tried to install it either via Windows update or manual installation.

If KB4058258 fails to install and returns 0x80073715 error code then it is better not to push it further or applying any other workaround. This failed update will also block several security updates from Microsoft. Because the Windows update keeps telling that the update has failed to install and doesn't check for other security updates.

So if KB4058258 isn't installing then why shouldn't you get other important security updates. To receive other updates you first have to clear the Windows update cache by deleting the Software Distribution folder. To delete this folder simply open a command prompt (CMD) as administrator and type the following command.
net stop wuauserv
WUAUSERV is Windows update service and this service has to be stopped before deleting the Software Distribution folder. After stopping the service go to 'C:\Windows' and delete the Software Distribution folder. Don't forget to clear the Windows cache of old update files by using the disk cleanup. To use disk cleanup just right click on C:\ drive and click 'Properties'. Here click 'Disk Clean-up'. Click 'Clean up system files'. This will remove old files that may create a conflict.

Now start the wuauserv service by typing 'net start wuauserv' in command prompt. Restart your computer. After restarting do not check for updates. Let Windows 10 do it automatically. If you don't check for updates then Windows 10 will not download KB4058258 and will skip it automatically to download several other updates.

After applying the above fix I noticed that My Windows 10 computer is showing up to date even when the KB4058258 update is not installed. However, Windows 10 automatically installed a security update for flash player KB4074595 and skipped KB4058258. So you can see Windows 10 skipped KB4058258 and installed a newer update which was released on February 7th, 2018. So this makes me feel that this cumulative update KB4058258 has got some compatibility or installation issues that need to be fixed.

➜ Update #1

A clean install will fix this Windows update problem. But during a new Windows 10 installation you should also delete the old 'System Reserved' partition. Read this updated article.

I hope we will see a Microsoft patch for this update soon.

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