Microsoft has launched a new tool to help users resolve errors that usually crop up during the Windows update process. The troubleshooting tool supports Windows versions 10, 8.1 and 7.

Listed on Microsoft's support site as "Fix Windows Update errors", it addresses error codes such as 0x80073712, 0x800705B4, 0x80004005, 0x8024402F, 0x80070002, 0x80070643, 0x80070003, 0x8024200B, 0x80070422 and 0x80070020. These are commonly seen errors that appear when installing Windows update.

Last year while installing Windows 10 upgrade, users came across most of these errors related to installation and activation.

Those who are running Windows 8, need to upgrade their systems to Windows 8.1 as the former version is longer supported by the tool. The news about the availability of the tool was first reported by MSPoweruser.

Check out the following troubleshooting steps according to your Windows version fix the problem and get started with the update again.

For Windows 10:

  • Download Windows Update Troubleshooter then select Open or Save in the pop-up Window
  • Select Next and then follow the on-screen steps to find and fix problems with the Windows Update

For Windows 8.1:

  • Press Windows key, type Network problems and then select Identify and repair network problems
  • Follow the steps in the wizard to resolve the network problems
  • At the end run Windows Update

For Windows 7:

  • Right-click the network icon in the notification area then select Troubleshoot problems
  • Follow the steps in the wizard to resolve the network problems
  • Try installing Windows Update once again.