What is 0x800703ee error? How to solve 0x800703ee error? This article will give you answers. This article provides 9 solutions to 0x800703ee error. Users can try them one by one to fix it.

About 0x800703ee Error

Many computer users report that they have encountered 0x800703ee error when they attempt to copy files from PC to an external storage device or from external storage device to PC, when they burn disc, or when they try to update Windows 10.

They may receive an error like the following picture shows.

0x800703ee error occurs when copying files

There are various causes to result in 0x800703ee error. The possible reasons may be incorrect configuration files, file system damage, registry corruption, incompatible drivers, antivirus programs, and so on.

Besides, the error code 0x800703ee may prevent users from copying files or installing and updating Windows. Then, how to fix 0x800703ee error? One of the following methods may work to solve this problem.

How to Fix 0x800703ee Error

Fix 1. Fix File System and Bad Sectors

File system corruption or bad sectors may cause 0x800703ee error. So, users should check whether there is something wrong with them and fix them if necessary.

If there are some important files on the drive, users can adopt Windows built-in Error Checking feature to fix corrupted file system and logical bad sectors.

Here is the tutorial.

Step 1: Open File Explorer. Right click a disk and select Properties.

Step 2: Navigate to Tools tab and click Check button. These two problems are automatically fixed during the scanning.

If there is no important file on the drive, users can also adopt full format to fix the two problems. In addition, if the format is not NTFS, users can convert it to NTFS by full format.

Here is the tutorial.

Step 1: Open File Explorer. Right click the drive and choose Format.

Step 2: Uncheck Quick Format and click Start.

Fix 2. Turn on Two Services

If Volume Shadow Copy service or Windows Backup service is turned off mistakenly, the 0x800703ee error may happen. Please make sure that these two services and their dependency services are turned on and set to Automatic in Windows.

Here is the tutorial.

Step 1: Press “Windows + R” keys and type “services.msc” to open Services window.

Step 2: Scroll down to locate Volume Shadow Copy service and Windows Backup service.

Step 3: Please notice whether the two services’ statuses are running. If not, right click on the service and choose Start. Then select Properties.

right click Volume Shadow Copy service in Services window

Step 4: Navigate to Dependencies tab to make sure the dependency services are also running.

Fix 3. Remove and Reinstall all USB Controllers

Universal Serial Bus (USB) is a serial bus standard for connecting computer systems to external devices. It is also a technical specification for input and output interfaces. So, if USB controllers have some problems, the 0x800703ee error may also happen. Fortunately, users can remove and reinstall them to fix this error.

Here is the tutorial.

Step 1: Press “Windows + X” keys and select Device Manager.

Step 2: Expand Universal Serial Bus controllers.

Step 3: Right-click every device under the Universal Serial Bus controllers node, and then click Uninstall device to remove them one at a time.

uninstall USB controllers

Step 4: Reboot the computer and reinstall the USB controllers. Please note that the latest version from the motherboard manufactures website is recommended.

Step 5: Test to make sure whether this error is resolved.

Tip: If 0x800703ee error occurs when burning disc, users can try reinstalling drivers under the DVD/CD-ROM drives directory.

Fix 4. Delete Filter Drivers

Filter drivers are optional drivers that add value to or modify the behavior of a device. A filter driver can service one or more devices. So, it may also cause 0x800703ee error because of some restraints. Then, users can delete filter drivers to fix this error.

Here is the tutorial.

Step 1: Press “Windows + R” keys and type “regedit” to open Registry Editor.

Step 2: Navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE > SYSTEM > CurrentControlSet > Control > Class > {4D36E965-E325-11CE-BFC1-08002BE10318}.

Step 3: Right click the {4D36E965-E325-11CE-BFC1-08002BE10318} entry and choose Export. Type “backup” in File Name and then save this .reg file on Desktop.

Tip: If necessary, users can restore the registry later simply through double-clicking the backup.reg file on the Desktop.

Step 4: Highlight {4D36E965-E325-11CE-BFC1-08002BE10318} and check on the right panel whether Upperfilters and Lowerfilters are present. If so, please right click on them to delete these values.

Step 5: Restart the computer to test whether the 0x800703ee error is solved.

Fix 5. Disable Antivirus Program

Sometimes, antivirus software may cause error code 0x800703ee and prevent users from copying files. If so, users can temporarily disable antivirus software on the computer and then proceed with copying files.

Here is a tutorial on disabling the built-in Windows Defender Antivirus.

Step 1: Press “Windows + R” keys and type “gpedit.msc” to open Local Group Policy Editor.

Step 2: Navigate to Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Windows Defender Antivirus.

Step 3: Highlight Windows Defender Antivirus and double click Turn off Windows Defender Antivirus.

disable Windows Defender Antivirus in Local Group Policy Editor

Step 4: Check Enabled and then click Apply and OK to save changes.

check Enabled in Turn off Windows Defender Antivirus window

Step 5: Reboot computer to make the changes go into effect.

If users have installed third-party antivirus software, please refer to the following steps to disable them.

Step 1: Press “Windows + R” keys and type “gpedit.msc” to open Local Group Policy Editor.

Step 2: Turn off third-party program.

  • Navigate to User Configuration > Administrative Templates.
  • Click System and right click Don’t run specified Windows applications in the right box.
  • Select Edit.
  • Check Enabled and click Show
  • Type the program name in the pop-up window.
Tip: Users can right click the AV software icon on the desktop and select Properties to check the program name. The program name always ends up with “.exe”.

Step 3: Save changes and reboot computer to bring the changes into effect.

Fix 6. Uninstall Recently Installed Programs, Updates, and Third-Party CD/DVD Burning Software

If 0x800703ee error Windows 10 happens after some changes are made such as programs installation and various updates, users can uninstall them to see whether this error can be solved.

Besides, third-party CD/DVD burning software like Nero or Roxio may also cause error code 0x800703ee when copying video, music, or game files from CD/DVD.

Here is a tutorial for uninstalling programs and updates on Windows 10.

Step 1: Open File Explorer. Right click This PC and choose Properties from the drop-down menu.

Step 2: Click Control Panel Home at the upper left corner.

open Control Panel Home

Step 3: Select Programs and then choose Programs and Features.

Step 4: Right click a program to uninstall it. Then click View installed updates to uninstall recently installed updates.

uninstall programs

Fix 7. Run SFC and DISM Tools

If system files are corrupted because of various reasons such as virus infection or some other internal issues, 0x800703ee error may also happen. If so, users can utilize built-in utility tools like SFC (System File Checker) and DISM (Deployment Image Servicing and Management) to fix corrupted system files.

Here is a guide to SFC.

Step 1: Type “command prompt” in Windows search box.

Step 2: Right click the Command Prompt icon and select Run as administrator.

open Command Prompt and run as administrator

Step 3: Type “sfc /scannow” and press Enter key. Then, wait until the procedure ends.

SFC command will replace damaged, lost, or changed system files to fix 0x800703ee error. However, if SFC can’t fix system files or error code 0x800703ee persists after SFC, users can run DISM command to restore system files.

Here is a guide to run DISM.

Step 1: Similarly, open Command Prompt and run it as administrator.

Step 2: Type the following commands one by one.

  • exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Scanhealth
  • exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth

Step 3: Close Command Prompt window after the procedure ends and test whether the error is solved.

Fix 8: Clean Boot

If the above methods can’t solve 0x800703ee error, users can perform a clean boot in Windows to check what is causing the problem.

Here is a tutorial for clean boot.

Step 1: Type “misconfig” in Windows search box.

Step 2: Right click System Configuration icon and select Run as administrator.

Step 3: Skip to Services tab and check Hide all Microsoft services. Then, click Disable all.

hide all Microsoft services in System Configuration

Step 4: Skip to Startup tab and click Open Task Manger.

Step 5: Right click startup items on Startup tab in Task Manager to disable them one by one.

Step 6: Close Task Manager, click OK, and Restart computer.

If 0x800703ee error still happens in clean boot, it means that it is Microsoft services that cause the problem. Otherwise, it is the already disabled software that causes the problem. Users can utilize this method to identify the specific software that causes the problem.

If users operate this method mistakenly to make computer unusable, they can first recover data (at that time, computer may can’t boot) and then perform system restore to fix computer. As for data recovery software, MiniTool Partition Wizard is recommended.

Here is a tutorial of data recovery with MiniTool Partition Wizard.

Step 1: Buy MiniTool Partition Wizard and launch it on a normal running computer. Then, click Bootable Media on the toolbar.

click Bootable Media on the toolbar

Step 2: Click WinPE-based media with MiniTool plug-in. Then, choose the media destination.

choose media destination

Tip: USB Flash Drive and CD/DVD Writer options are all OK. The boot.iso file will be burnt into them directly to complete bootable disks. But if these two options doesn’t work, ISO File option is recommended, thus the boot.iso file is generated and can be burnt into a good USB flash drive later by using another media creation tool.

Step 3: Set in the Firmware to make the computer boot from the disk containing the burnt boot.iso file.

Step 4: Wait a few seconds until MiniTool Partition Wizard opens automatically after the computer is booted up by the bootable disk. Then, go to its main interface and click Data Recovery.

Note: The drive letters have been changed in bootable disk.

click Data Recovery on the toolbar

Step 5: Choose a logical drive (the original local disk C) and then click Scan.

choose a partition for data recovery scanning

Step 6: Find the important files and then click Save.

Tip: Show Lost File, Find, and Filter features can help users find files faster. Please preview files before it is saved.

find the files that need to be recovered and then click Save

Fix 9. System Restore

If the above methods still can’t solve 0x800703ee error, users can adopt system restore to revert computer to the latest correct version.

Here is a simple tutorial.

Step 1: Enter WinRE and navigate to Troubleshoot > Advanced Options > System Restore.

Step 2: Follow the wizard to perform system restore. Please refer to Windows 10 Recovery Options to know more system restore details.

If users disable system protection feature and didn’t create a system restore point manually, they may find that there is no system restore point. If that happens, please consider resetting this PC.

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