Fix your device is missing important security and quality fixes in Windows 10

According to one of users mentioned his problem on Microsoft’s support forum, he is getting “your device is missing important security and quality fixes. Error code:  (0x80073712)”. He is facing problems while Windows update and find no solution after getting several tutorials online.

Here we will provide you complete solution regarding this problem and reason that has caused this severe issue for you. There are two main causes that occurs this difficult situation among you. The first one is Broken Update and another is Telemetry Level.

Broken Update: The incomplete update process or broken may cause this problem for you. While updating, your updates gets failed and not installed properly that arise your device is missing important security and quality fixes issue. You can see the update in Windows updates list but process will not work properly and display message on your computer.

Telemetry Level: This process allows you to control levels of Telemetry in Windows Group Policy Editor. Sometimes, few of Windows updates are not delivered to your system, if its telemetry level has been set to Security only.

Method to fix your device is missing important security and quality fixes: Step by Step

As you know, Windows 10 automatically install updates, if you haven’t stopped manually. Such updates are related to computer security and make it perform properly. However, many a times you face updates error and encounter with quality fixes related messages. When you check for updates button, you see “you are not up to date” and error on your computer screen still appears. The message will display in below given format:

“Updates failed.

Your device is missing important security and quality fixes.

Some update files are missing or have problems. We’ll try to download the update again later.

Error code: (0x80073712)” 

Windows update failed

This issue mostly occurs when you update for Windows 10 version 1803 and 1809. The below given step by step solution help you to fix this problem without any hassle.

Method 1: Steps to reinstall Windows updates

Process 1: At first navigate to Installed updates interface

Through Run

Click Windows+R key together to launch RUN dialog box

Type cpl in run box and then press enter and choose Programs and Features option

Next, click on View Installed Updates

Through Settings

Click on Start then Settings and choose Update & Security

Select View Installed Update History link

Next, click on Uninstall Updates

Process 2: Select latest updates from Microsoft Windows (KBXXXXXX) from list and select Uninstall

reinstall Windows update

Process 3: As uninstallation process gets finished, you can go to Windows updates and click on “Check for Updates”. Now, you can install new one or go to Microsoft Update Catalog website and search for uninstalled KB update. You can download and install this update manually.

Solution 2: Change Telemetry Level

If Telemetry level has been set to security only then some of cumulative updates will not work on your system. In such condition, you need to change this level and solve your device is missing important security and quality fixes issue.

Process 1: At first you need to open Run box and type gpedit.msc and click enter

Process 2: Now go to Computer Configuration then Administrative Templates next Windows Components and then Data Collection and Preview Builds in left pane.

Process 3: Now search and click on Allow Telemetry

Process 4: You need to check Enabled option and then set level to Basic, Enhanced or Full

Process 5: Finally click Apply and then Ok button

Solution 3: Use Windows Update Troubleshooter

Process 1: At first you need to open Windows Settings

Process 2: Select Update & Security option

Windows update troubleshooter

Process 3: You have to select Troubleshooter from left pane

Process 4: You need to Expand Windows Update Troubleshooter and then click Run the Troubleshooter

Solution 4: Download latest Servicing Stack Update (SSU)

Process 1: You need to click on Start next Settings and then go to System

Process 2: Go to left side-panel and scroll down and then click on About

latest servicing stack update

Process 3: You can see Device specification under it, you can search System Type

Process 4: At last you have to go on official Microsoft Update Catalog webpage and then download latest SSU that your version matches. Finally restart your computer and check for Windows updates.

Solution 5: Repairing corrupted Windows file

Process 1: Type cmd in Windows search box and choose Run as Administrator option

Process 2: When you see command prompt then type DISM.exe/Online/Cleanup-image/Restorehealth and then press enter

Repairing corrupted Windows file

Process 3: As process gets finished type sfc/scannow and press enter

Process 4: Now, close command prompt and check Windows updates works and you have fix your device is missing important security and quality fixes issue

Solution 6: Reset Windows Update Service Manually

Process 1: Type cmd in Windows 10 search box and then run command prompt and select run as administrator

Process 2: You need to type command as given below and then press enter

net stop wuauserv

net stop cryptSvc

net stop bits

net stop msiserver

Ren C:\Windows\SoftwareDistribution\ SoftwareDistribution.old

Ren C:\Windows\System32\catroot2\ Catroot2.old

net start wuauserv

net start cryptSvc

net start bits

net start msiserver

After running all command check for your device is missing important security and quality fixes problem on Windows. Some users also encounter with Windows has stopped this device code 43 error, you can check for its solution.

Conclusion: Hope, above mentioned steps has helped you fix Windows update problem. If you have got solution like our Facebook page, follow Twitter to get updates on other Windows problems and some HowTo tips.