Resolve Update Error 0x8007370D – ERROR_SXS_IDENTITY_PARSE_ERROR Windows 10 & 11

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You might get the update error 0x8007370D – ERROR_SXS_IDENTITY_PARSE_ERROR when you try to install updates in Windows 10 & 11 using the Windows Update panel. In this article, I will explain all the possible ways to fix windows update errors and install the latest updates in your Windows OS.

Cause

The main reason behind this error is system file corruption. If there are corrupted system files like sys files, dll files, exe files, inf files etc; the OS is unable to install updates. In this situation, you need to fix corrupted system files and then try to install updates.
On the other hand, missing system files, corrupted registry files, malware & viruses, outdated drivers, etc are the second topmost reason behind the error code 0x8007370D – ERROR_SXS_IDENTITY_PARSE_ERROR.
Error Message:

Component: Windows Update
Error Code: 0x8007370D
Error ID: ERROR_SXS_IDENTITY_PARSE_ERROR
Error Description: An identity string is malformed

Some other related errors are:
0x800705B9 – ERROR_XML_PARSE_ERROR

How to Fix 0x8007370D – ERROR_SXS_IDENTITY_PARSE_ERROR in Windows 10 & 11?

To fix this error, you need to run DISM command to repair system images. Apart from it you also need to run several other commands to repair file system errors and disk errors. In this tutorial, I will explain each method with a detailed guide so you can fix this issue by yourself.

Method 1: Fix using Advanced System Repair Tool

If you are not a techy guy and want to install an automated system that could fix and optimize your windows machine for faster and smoother usage and provide additional security against malware and threats, you can download and install Advanced System Repair Tool. This tool scans Windows machines against corrupted file systems, missing or corrupted system files, corrupted registry files, malware and threats, outdated drivers and fixes them all just in a single click.

Method 2: Run DISM Command to Fix System Images

DISM is one of the most useful command-line utilities that may save your operating system when it encounters a big corruption issue. DISM stands for Deployment Image Servicing and Management, and it is inbuilt in Windows 10 & 11. This tool is so powerful that you can fix your corrupted windows OS and fix start-up issues.

Step 1: Open Command Prompt as Administrator. Click on the Start menu and search for cmd. Right-click on Command Prompt and select Run as Administrator.

Step 2: Run the following command to repair system image corruption.

DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth
dism_restorehealth

Step 3: Wait until it completes the process. Your PC must have a stable internet connection while running DISM command.

Method 3: Repair System DISK corruption.

If there is a bad sector in your system disk, then windows will refuse to save data on disk. In this situation, windows cannot install the updated files in your system. You must scan the system disk for errors and repair them and trust me, it is very easy to complete this task using the system disk checking utility. It is free and inbuilt with the windows operating system.

Step 1: Open Command Prompt as Administrator.

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Step 1: Run the following command.

chkdsk /r
As you run this command the command prompt will tell you that the drive is in use and cannot lock the current drives for scanning and repairing. It will give you an option to run this command automatically in the next restart. You just click Y and press Enter.

The type of file system is NTFS.
Cannot lock current drive.

chkdsk cannot run because the volume is in use by another
process. Would you like to schedule this volume to be
checked the next time the system restarts? (Y/N) Y

This volume will be checked the next time the system restarts.

chkdsk_r

>Step 3: Reboot your PC and you will see that the chkdsk utility is started running automatically before the system starts completely. Wait until it finishes the process.

Method 3: Run System File Checker tool

The System File Checker tool (sfc.exe) is also a great utility to finds and fix corruption in the file system. Windows file system manages the file structure and disk usage. If there is corruption in the Windows file system, then windows may refuse to install updates and cause update error 0x8007370D – ERROR_SXS_IDENTITY_PARSE_ERROR. To fix this issue run the SFC commands as follows:

Step 1: Open Command Prompt as Administrator.

Step 1: Run the following commands.

sfc /scannow
sfc scannow

Step 1: Wait until completes the operation.

Summary

In this article, I have explained the 3 genuine methods to fix Windows Update Error 0x8007370D – ERROR_SXS_IDENTITY_PARSE_ERROR. If you know some other tricks to fix this issue, you must share them in the comments.