"We couldn't install this optional quality update"


  1. Posts : 32
    Windows 10 Pro
       #1

    "We couldn't install this optional quality update"


    Just today, Windows Update showed "Optional quality update available".
    But after pressing "Update" button, and some delay, the error message appeared:
    We couldn't install this update but you can try again (0x80070541)
    2021-03 Cumulative Update for W10 Version 20H2 (KB5001649)
    If I press Download and install - then the failing cycle just repeats.
    Do I just wait and re-try? Anybody else getting this, or similar past failures? Reason?
    Thank you!

    Edition Windows 10 Pro
    Version 20H2
    OS build 19042.868
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  2. Posts : 4,594
    Windows 10 Pro
       #2

    Did you read up on that update ?

    You more than likely don`t need it.

    KB5001649 CU Windows 10 v2004 build 19041.870 and v20H2 19042.870
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  3. Posts : 35,427
    Win 10 Pro (21H2) (2nd PC is 21H2)
       #3

    Identical case - which I've just answered. Try manual download. Hope it works for you too.

    "We couldn't install this update but you can try again 0x80070541"
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  4. Posts : 32
    Windows 10 Pro
    Thread Starter
       #4

    This worked brilliantly. Installation completed, and error msg has gone away.
    Thanks so much.
      My Computer


  5. Posts : 35,427
    Win 10 Pro (21H2) (2nd PC is 21H2)
       #5

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