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Quick Post: Windows Update Error 13EC

I know another Windows Update post. I’m just going through a backlog of stuff that I never published & just want to get it up here.

A while back I wrote about a very similar error when installing the .NET 4.0 Framework (KB982671). https://patrickhoban.wordpress.com/2010/09/29

When installing the .NET 4.5.2 Framework (KB2901907) you receive an error code 13EC.

1 13EC

If you try to install it manually you get an error that says, “An error was encountered. Unspecified error.”

2 13EC

If you watch the free space while installing the update you will see it drop down next to nothing.

3 13EC

I tried to free up some space by doing normal disk clean up (i.e. delete temp files, old profiles, etc.), shrank the WinSXS folder (dism /online /cleanup-image /spsuperseded). It got a little further but still no dice. Luckily it was a VDI so I could just “give” it more hard drive space.

4 13EC

I ran the update again & this time it worked.

5 13EC

As referenced in https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=42642, this update requires 4.5GB of free space for both x86 & x64.

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