Last Updated on January 3, 2022 by

The Windows update error 0xc1900223 has been reported by users of Windows PC and it is associated with only Windows 10 1903 update. It is an update that occurs when a computer tries to use the conventional way to install the 1903 Windows update. Technical issues like this shows that there are some underlying causes that must be fixed. Often, such problems may be resolved automatically without you doing anything based on inbuilt software regeneration mechanisms coordinated remotely by the publisher, but in many instances, you may have to take action to address any underlying glitches especially if you keep receiving the same Windows update error 0xc1900223 messages or if the technical issue starts to interfere with the normal functioning of your PC.

The Windows update error 0xc1900223 may be due to some hitches such as slow internet connection, Hosts file failure issues, malware, issues arising from a corrupt component in Windows update software, VPN software issues interfering with Windows update, broken Winsock, and issues with DNS cache that obstructs activities of third-party web pages.

The following are some of the ways to fix Windows update error 0xc1900223: 

 Check Your Internet Connection and Restart Your PC

Perhaps, this should be your starting point if you’re looking to resolve Windows download error 0xc1900223. The error may be caused by a slow internet connection. So, check the network strength and restart your PC and afterward run Windows update again and check if the problem has been fixed. Restarting your PC first also help to refresh the operating system and if there is any corrupt or broken cache data, these are deleted as you refresh your PC. 

Disable Your VPN

If you use VPN software, it can interfere with software update. Check whether it is VPN that is responsible for this Windows error message by disconnecting first from the network and then form the VPN. Afterward, try to upgrade the update to see if it is resolved. 

Rename Your HOSTS File temporarily and clear Windows DNS Cache

If the initial attempts described above fail to resolve the error message, rename the HOSTS file, and clear Windows DNS cache as follows:

(I). Go to the folder C: WindowsSystem32DriversEtc

(II). Locate the file named HOSTS and change it to HOSTS.OLD. Click next when asked to confirm you have the permission to effect the change. 

(III). Type ‘command prompt’ in the search bar and input ‘ipconfig/flushdns’ and press enter. This procedure clears Windows DNS cache that can resolve issues such as connectivity and security hindering Windows update from installing successfully. 

(IV). Exit command and prompt window, restart your PC, and try to install Windows updates again and rename HOSTS.OLD to HOSTS again. 

Hopefully, one or more of the steps highlighted above should resolve the Windows error message, but if the problem persists, download a recent update of Windows 10, and follow the instructions to update the software.