How to Fix Minecraft Windows 10 Error Code 0x80070002, can’t find the app

This post highlights a few potential solutions to a problem on Minecraft Windows 10 Error Code 0x80070002. Read on to learn what this error code means in Minecraft and how to fix it.

What causes Minecraft Windows 10 error code 0x80070002?

The error code 0x80070002 often prompts those who are trying to install or reinstall Minecraft in Windows 10 via Microsoft Store. It is often tied to a data corruption error that is triggered when missing files in a Windows update block users from accessing updates on the system. That said, the problem is most likely from within the computer system and that has oppressed the Minecraft app from installing properly.

Among the common factors that can trigger Windows 10 error 0x80070002 while installing apps like Minecraft include date and time issue, data corruption and registry error.  

Troubleshooting Minecraft Windows 10 error code 0x80070002?

Eliminating the corrupted or mismatched files will likely fix the problem. But before you begin troubleshooting, verify and ensure that the date and time settings on your computer are correct.

As mentioned earlier, incorrect date and time settings could be the main reason why you run into this error code. Thus, it’s necessary to check the computer’s date and time settings beforehand. 

The quickest way to do this is by clicking on the date and time on the bottom-right corner of the taskbar and then clicking the option to Change date and time settings. On the date and time window, click the option to Change date and time. Make necessary changes to the date and time information and then click OK to save changes.

After altering the system date and time settings, restart your computer then see if that solves the problem. If the error persists, you can start ruling out other possible causes with any of these subsequent solutions.


First solution: Use DISM (Deployment Image Servicing and Management) tool.

DISM is a command-line tool that is used to mount and service images in Windows OS before deployment. DISM commands are used for installing, uninstalling, configuring, and updating Windows features, drivers, packages and international settings. 

This tool has been proven to help others resolve the Minecraft error 0x80070002, so this might also be able to do wonders for you. Just follow these steps:

  • Launch the Start menu and then type Command Prompt.
  • Select Command Prompt app from the search result then click Run as administrator.
  • On the command prompt window, type the following commands:

DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Scanhealth

DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth

  • Be sure to press Enter after each command.
  • Close the command prompt and try installing Minecraft.

Second solution: Install Minecraft in Compatibility Mode.

Compatibility mode is a system interface that lets you run a program using the settings from an earlier version of Windows. This can help make older apps or programs compatible with Windows 10. Just follow these steps:

  • Right-click on the Setup file of the Minecraft app then click Properties.
  • Click on the Compatibility tab.
  • Check the option to Run this program in Compatibility mode.
  • Allow the driver install to process and then check the functionality. 

Your computer must be running on the latest Windows version for this method to work as intended.

Third solution: Disable Windows Update service

This method will help eliminate Windows Update installation files that are corrupted or missing and likewise rename the installation folder to fix the Minecraft installation error.

Before altering the installation files, be sure to stop or disable the Windows Update service. Doing so will close all relevant files or folders in other apps or programs. Once you’ve got everything set, follow these steps:

  • Press the Win + R keys simultaneously to open the Run app.
  • On the Run app box, type services.msc then click OK.
  • On the succeeding window, double-click Windows Update.
  • On the Startup type dropdown, select Automatic then click the Start button under Service status.
  • To save the changes, click Apply then OK.

Reboot your computer and then see if the error is fixed.

Fourth solution: Delete/Rename Software Distribution then re-enable Windows Update service.

If the error continues even after disabling the Windows Update service, try deleting the software distribution folder and see how it works. Just follow these steps:

  • Access the SoftwareDistribution folder on your computer. Just navigate to drive C:\Windows->SoftwareDistribution.
  • Find the folder named SoftwareDistribution. If deleting the folder is not an option, then you can just rename it to other relevant labels like SD1 or SD2, for example.

After renaming the folder, close all the windows then re-enable Windows update service with these steps:

  • Open the Run app by pressing both the Win+R keys simultaneously.
  • On the Run box, type services.msc then click OK.
  • Right-click Windows Update on the succeeding window then click Start.

Restart your computer and then see if the problem is fixed.

Fifth solution: Modify the System Registry Editor.

If the Minecraft error 0x80070002 occurs after installing a Windows update, altering the system registry editor will likely fix it. Here’s how:

  • Open the Run app by pressing the Win+R keys together and then click OK.
  • On the Run box, type regedit and press OK.
  • If prompted, grant the administrative right to open then click Yes to confirm.
  • Access this folder/directory: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\WindowsUpdate\OSUpgrade
  • Locate and select the OSUpgrade key then right-click on an empty spot on the right pane of the Registry Editor. 
  • Click New then click DWORD(32-bit) value.
  • Right-click on the recently created NewValue#1 and click Modify.
  • Change the Value name to AllowOSUpgrade.
  • Enter 1 on the Value data then select Hexadecimal for the Base.
  • Click OK to apply all changes then restart your computer.

After rebooting, retry installing the Minecraft app and see if the problem is gone.

Other Suggestions

Some people who have encountered the same error when reinstalling Minecraft in Windows 10 managed to fix it by switching to a local account instead of Microsoft account.

Hope this helps!

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