Microsoft Error code 0x80004005
You may see this Error 0x80004005 while updating windows 10/8 through windows update services. Few users also reported about this error while they are trying to enable windows firewall.
The probable solution for this error 0x80004005 to fix windows update services issue. To do it your own you need a little knowledge about windows registry structure.
Disclaimers: Before you attempt to fix an issue with the windows update, we highly recommend you to take a registry backup and create a system restore point as a precaution method. In case if something goes wrong, we can restore your computer to the same stage and fix the issues. (In case if you not sure how to back it up, talk to an expert for assistance.)
Note: Make sure you have set correct Date and time on your computer, try to install pending updates through other available networks.Run windows update troubleshooter.
Solution for error 0x80004005 When the issue is with windows update service:-
When the issue is with windows update service, all you need to do is make sure its running and active on your machine under services in windows 10 operating system. Windows update service aka wuauserv helps to get latest updates into your PC. If you have knowledge and interest to fix this error 0x80004005 in windows updates follow these steps.
Open command prompt window as admin and type in the following commands.
net stop wuauserv
net start wuauserv
You can also do it directly from settings. Type in Windows 10 search bar for “services” and open it.
Then find the windows updates from the list of services, if it’s not showing active/running then restart it (Right click to see restart/stop/start options)
This will restart windows update services and fix basic issues. If the windows update error code 0x80004005 still exists, follow some more steps to fix the issue.
You can try these solutions to fix windows update error 0x80004005 while updating/upgrading:-
- Perform an SFC scan so that you can fix potentially corrupted or missing files, most of the cases this system file scan fix common issues with the file system.
- To do a restore to healthy previous setup with command prompt to fix potentially corrupted or missing files
- Using windows update troubleshooter fix it a tool, this is also a good tool to automatically fix most common issues.
- By cleaning SDF (Software distribution folder) for a clean slate for Windows Update or renaming so machine itself creates a fresh one in next update.
- Resetting PC
Simple SFC scan method for common file system issues to fix windows update error:-
The system file scanning process is very simple to try while fixing issues with windows issues. Just follow these steps.
- Open command prompt in admin mode, to do this Type CMD in windows start menu search and right click on CMD application to get through Run as admin option.
- In the command prompt window, type SFC/SCANNOW and press enter,
- The scanning process takes some time to return results.
Using restore health option to fix corrupted files:-
For most of the serious issues, and to save your time the best way to fix these critical issues are restoring to good healthy partition. Before doing this stop the windows update services.
Open the command prompt as admin (Mentioned above in SFC scan process), Then instead of running SFC scan now command type this following command in the window.
DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth
After some time your machine will be restored to good healthy state. Now you can start your windows updates as usual.
Windows update troubleshooter/fix it tool:-
Microsoft has released several fix it tools/patches for most of the updates issues. Depends on your requirement choose a right fix it tool for your issue and run it on your machine. This will help you when there are simple issues like folder missing errors, permissions related issues.
SDF cleaning method:-
In this method, we clean and recreate the software distribution folder by deleting all temporary files in it.
- Go to C:/ drive, then open windows named folder in it.
- Open SoftwareDistribution folder (SDF)
- Open DataStore folder and then delete all files and folders in it.
- Again go back to SoftwareDistribution folder, open the Download folder and delete all files in it.
Note: while deleting, it may prompt for admin permission. If you are logged in as the admin user. just click on ok to proceed.
Resetting Operating system:-
Follow this when you have less knowledge of windows technology about command prompts, files and registry fixing steps.
- If you are using windows 10, just type in “RESET PC” in the Cortana search bar(windows start button search) and select RESET PC from the results.
- Then under the RESET PC, click on get started button to proceed.
- There are two options to keep your files and complete clean. (You must take back up of your desktop files, pictures, downloads, documents before proceeding to completely clean.)
- After reset, you may do updates cleanly without any issue. This resetting process takes time so please do it when you don’t have any urgent work on your computer.
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