Windows 10 Error 0x80004005 Fix

Posted By admin On 12/01/22

Feature update to Windows 10, version 1607 – Error 0x80004005 This can be due to a number of reasons, the most common ones being the following: Activation problems (your copy of Windows 10 is not a legitimate one or has not been activated properly). Device Driver issues (there is a driver that is preventing  Windows Update to move forward). Mar 09, 2018  Solution for error code 0x80004005 for Windows 10 update When you are updating Windows 10, this error can occur due corrupt update files. If you encounter this error when you are updating then it is rather easy to fix the error. The error basically occurs because interruption in Media Creation tool’s update downloading process.

There have been many people reporting that they receive Windows 10 Update Error 0x80004005 when they attempt to update Windows 10. I had this problem as well, the problem disappeared for me after executing these steps. We hope this article shows you how to solve error 0x80004005

Step 1: Run the Automatic Troubleshooter

1. Press the Windows key on your keyboard and then type Troubleshooting (or open Start and type Troubleshooting)

2. Then click View All in the left pane

3. Find and click or tap on Windows update

4. Click on Advanced and check Apply repairs automatically and Run as Administrator

5. Then click on Next and follow the on-screen instructions to complete the troubleshooting.

Once you’ve done this, and the troubleshooting process has completed check if you can run Windows Updates once again. If not continue to step 2.

Step 2: Clean boot your device

This step should really never be skipped, a very common reason for update problems, which also applies to 0x80004005, is that you have a service or program running that is causing problems with the Windows Update services or components of it and therefore causing 0x80004005. This can be diagnosed by clean booting your device and then try if updates are now successfully applying.

1. Right-click the Windows Logo in the bottom left corner of your screen.

Or press the Windows + R key at the same time, and skip to step 3.

2. A menu will appear, now click on, Run

3. A Window “Run” will appear, now enter “msconfig” (without quotes) and press the enter key or click on OK

4. Choose Selective Startup and make sure Load Startup Items is unchecked

Selective Start-up

5. Then click on the Services tab.

6. Check the box “Hide all Microsoft Services” and then click on Disable All


7. Close MSConfig by clicking on OK, and choose to Reboot your device.

Now that all non-Microsoft services are disabled, we are going to try to apply the Windows Updates again, if they fail again, then go to the next step.

Step 3: Resetting the Windows Update Components

In most cases the downloaded data is just corrupted and removing the already downloaded Windows Update data could solve the Windows Update Error 0x80004005 you’ve been receiving. Please do follow these steps very carefully as typo’s could lead to problems.

  1. Open Elevated Command Prompt by following one of two methods:
    1. Press the Windows + X at the same time, then choose Command Prompt (admin)
    2. Press the Windows + W key at the same time and then type ” cmdright-click
      Command Prompt and choose Run as Administrator
  2. Enter the following command: “net stop wuauserv” and hit enter.
  3. Enter the following command: “net stop cryptSvc” and hit enter.
  4. Enter the following command: “net stop bits” and hit enter.
  5. Enter the following command: “net stop msiserver” and hit enter.
  6. Enter the following command: “ren C:WindowsSoftwareDistribution SoftwareDistribution.old” and hit enter.
  7. Enter the following command: “ren C:WindowsSystem32catroot2 catroot2.old” and hit enter.
  8. Enter the following command: “net start wuauserv” and hit enter.
  9. Enter the following command: “net start cryptSvc” and hit enter.
  10. Enter the following command: “net start bits” and hit enter.
  11. Enter the following command: “net start msiserver” and hit enter.
  12. Reboot your system.
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Then try to run Windows Update again. If Windows Update is still not working, then visit our forums and ask for personalized support.

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FIX: VCRUNTIME140.dll cannot be found / is not found

Your PC has a driver or service that isn’t ready for this version of windows 10

Hello Zuhair,

Thank you for posting your query in Microsoft Community.

Regrets the inconvenience you have experienced.

If you receive Windows error 80004005 while trying to install windows updates, it typically means that Windows Update folders are corrupted. Try below mentioned troubleshooting steps and check if they help.

Method 1:

Try to run the Windows update troubleshooter and see if it fix the issue:

* Press Windows Key then type ‘troubleshoot’ and hit Enter

* Select “View all” on the left panel and run “Windows update” troubleshooter from the list

* Click Advanced, ensure to check Apply repairs automatically and also select Run as administrator

* Click Next and follow the on-screen instructions to complete the troubleshooting.

Once done, check if it allows you install Windows Updates without any errors.

Method 2:

Step :1

a. Press Windows Key + X.
b. Click on ‘Command Prompt (Admin)

Note: Click ‘Yes’ if it prompts for UAC(User Account Control).
c. Type following commands into the command prompt one after the other

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net stop wuauserv

net stop bits

net stop cryptsvc

Keep Command Prompt window opened.

Step :2

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Rename Windows Update folders

At the command prompt, type the following commands, and then press Enter after each command:

ren %systemroot%System32Catroot2 Catroot2.old
ren %systemroot%SoftwareDistribution SoftwareDistribution.old

Then type the following, commands and then press ENTER after each command:

net start wuauserv

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net start bits

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net start cryptsvc
Close the Command Prompt window and check if you can install the updates.

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