Windows 10 KB5001649 fails to install with 0x80070541 error

Windows 10 KB5001649 update is now trying to make its way to
version 20H2/2004 machines, but it apparently fails to install
with 0x80070541 error code. This
optional “emergency” update was issued earlier today to
address Blue Screen of Death and other problems reported by
users, according to Microsoft

But what’s more interesting is that KB5001649 fails to install
with 0x80070541. The installation error “0x80070541” is likely
due to compatibility issues with Windows 10 March 2021 updates,
which were released on March 9.

“We couldn’t install this update, but you can try again
(0x80070541). 2021-03 Cumulative Update for Windows 10 Version
20H2 for x64-based Systems (KB5001649),” the error message
reads, as shown in the screenshot below:

KB5001649 update error 0x80070541

As of this time, the issue seems to be widespread and we were
able to reproduce it on all of our devices. For those
experiencing the problem, you’ve two options – manually
download and install the cumulative update from Microsoft
Update Catalog or simply pause the update.

It’s also important to understand that this an optional update,
which means you don’t have to apply it unless you really need
to fix blue screens when printing documents.

How to fix error 0x80070541 when installing KB5001649

To fix error 0x80070541 in Windows 10, follow these steps:

  1. Visit Microsoft Update Catalog from here.
  2. Or you can also search for the update using the KB number.
  3. As shown in the below screenshot, you need to click on the
    “Download” button for the correct version/edition of Windows
    10.
    Windows 10 KB5001649 installer
  4. If you don’t know your system configuration, open Settings
    > System > About and verify the system type.
  5. A pop-up window will appear when you click on the download
    button.
    Windows 10 installer
  6. Click the .msu file link to download it. If you’re using
    Google Chrome, you may need to right-click on the link and
    select “Save as” to start the download.
    Chrome save as
  7. Click on the downloaded file to start the installation.
    Windows Update installer
  8. Click on “Yes” to confirm your decision.

Once done, the “updates are being installed” window will appear
on your screen and a reboot will be required to finish the
installation.

Pause Windows Updates

If you’re concerned about these botched updates, you can always
pause them for one month until Microsoft irons out the bugs.

To pause the updates, go to Settings > Update and Security
> Windows Update and click on “Advanced options” On the next
screen, look for the “pause updates” section and select a date
to pause updates until.

Pause Windows Updates

Note that you can only pause updates for up to 35 days via the
Settings app. If you want greater control over updates, you
need to configure policies using Group Policy Editor or use a

Registry hack.

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