Fix: Windows 10/11 Update Error Code 0x80096004

Error code 0x80096004 typically indicates that there is an issue with the digital signature of a file or application. When you encounter this error code Windows 10 Update Error Code  0x80096004, it means that Windows is unable to verify the digital signature of the file or application, which can prevent it from being installed or executed.

Error code 0x80096004

Possible causes for this Error Code 0X80096004 :

Corrupted or missing system files: If important system files are corrupted or missing, this can prevent Windows from verifying digital signatures.

Malware or virus infections: Malware or virus infections can modify system files, which can cause issues with digital signatures.

Third-party security software: Some third-party security software can interfere with Windows’ ability to verify digital signatures.

To resolve this error code, you can try the following troubleshooting steps:

 To run the Windows Update, troubleshoot:

  • Open the System device and go to the start menu.
  • Type the manage panel from the search Area.
  • Here we go to click on to system device and safety after that go to click on to system device.
  • Open to new window and go to click on system settings.
  • After that, open the system properties windows troubleshoot and open the hardware and go for click on on system device set up setting.
  • At last, open the window newly and click on to particular choice and save modifications.

Run a virus scan: Use a reputable antivirus program to scan your system for malware or viruses. If any are found, remove them.

Perform a system file check:

Use the System File Checker tool to scan for and replace any corrupted or missing system files.

SFC (System File Checker) is a built-in Windows utility that allows you to scan, and repair corrupted or missing system files.

  • Open the Command Prompt as an administrator.
  • You can do this by typing “cmd” in the Windows search bar, right-clicking on “Command Prompt,” and selecting “Run as administrator.”

SFC scan

  • In the Command Prompt window, type “sfc /scannow” (without the quotes) and press Enter.
  • The SFC scan will begin, and it may take some time to complete. During the scan, do not close the Command Prompt window or turn off your computer.
  • Once the scan is complete, you will see a message that says either “Windows Resource Protection found corrupt files and successfully repaired them” or “Windows Resource Protection found corrupt files but was unable to fix some “


  • Open to Command Prompt as an administrator: press on the Start menu, enter “cmd” in the search box, right-click on Command Prompt and choose “Run as administrator”.
  • Enter the given command and Type: DISM /Online /Cleanup-Image /ScanHealth
  • Wait for the scan to finish. The DISM tool will scan your system or pc for any       errors and report.
  • If any issues are raised, you can try to repair them by running the following command: DISM /Online /Cleanup-Image /RestoreHealth
  • Wait for the repair process gets finish. This might take time depends on its size and complexity of your system.

Once the repair process is complete, restart your computer or pcs and check if the issue Update Error Code 0x80096004 has been cleared.

Disable Firewall or Antivirus

Firewall or antivirus could also raise this Windows 10/11  Update  Error 0x80096004. You can try to disable the firewall and your third-party antivirus to deal with the error.

  • Enter control panel in the Search box and then Hit Enter.
  • Set View by icons and then press Windows Defender windows Firewall.
  • Press to Turn Windows Firewall on or off.
  • Choose both the Turn off Windows Firewall options and then click OK to save changes.
  • Reboot the PC or system to check if the error is solved or not.

Update Windows: Make sure you have the latest Windows updates installed, as these can contain fixes for known issues.

Restart windows Update services steps


  1. Click the Windows key + R on your keyboard to view the Run dialog box.
  2. Type “services.msc” into the Run dialog box and press Enter. This will open the Services app.
  3. Scroll down to the list of services until you find outs the “Windows Update” Option
  4. Right-press on “Windows Update” and select “Stop” from the context menu. Wait for the service to end
  5. After the service has Ended, right-click on “Windows Update” again and Choose “Start” from the context menu.
  6. Wait for the service to begin. You can confirm this by checking in the “Status” column in the Services app.
  7. Once the service has started, you can close the Services app and try to run Windows Update again.

That’s it! By restarting the Windows Update service, you should be able to resolve any issues you were experiencing with Windows Update.

Clear the software distribution folder steps

The Software Distribution folder is a temporary storage location used by Windows to store update files, such as Windows updates and driver updates. If you’re experiencing issues with Windows updates, clearing the Software Distribution folder may help resolve the problem.

  1. Press the Windows key + R on your keyboard to open the Run dialog box.
  2. Enter to “services.msc” into the Run dialog box and press Enter.
  3. In the Services window, scroll down and find the “Windows Update” service.
  4. Right-click on to the “Windows Update” service and select “Stop” from the context menu.
  5. Minimize the Services window but do not close it.
  6. Open File Explorer and navigate to the following location: C:\Windows\SoftwareDistribution.
  7. Press Ctrl + A on your keyboard to select all the files and folders in the Software Distribution folder.
  8. Press the Delete key on your keyboard to delete all the selected files and folders.
  9. If prompted, confirm that you want to delete the files and folders by clicking “Yes”.
  10. Return to the Services window and right-click on the “Windows Update” service again.
  11. Select “Start” from the context menu to restart the service.
  12. Close the Services window.

After following these steps, the Software Distribution folder should be cleared, and you should be able to download and install Windows updates without any issues.
If none of these steps resolve the issue, you may need to seek further assistance from Microsoft support or a qualified technician.

In conclusion, 

If the issue Windows Update Error 0x80096004  still persists, please initiate the chat, One of our Certified Microsoft technicians will help you.We provide support for Microsoft products like Windows and Office and Outlook, we can also set up free tools provided and included with Microsoft Windows and can train you on how to use them to maintain the health of your computer.

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