The list of Windows update errors is endless. For this reason, many users often postpone updating their computers for as long as they possibly can. Error code 0x80004005 is one of the most common Windows 10 update errors. If you’re looking for a solution to fix this error, pursue the troubleshooting steps below.
How Do I Fix Windows 10 Update Error 0x80004005?
Stop Updates for 7 Days
Surprisingly, some users managed to fix this issue simply by hitting the option that says “Pause updates for 7 days“. But you don’t have to wait for seven days. Instead, wait for a few minutes, then check for updates again.
Run the Update Troubleshooter
Run Windows 10’s built-in troubleshooter to automatically detect and fix the issues blocking the updates.
- Go to Settings, and select Update and security.
- Then click on Troubleshoot.
- Go to Additional troubleshooters.
- Click on Windows Update and run the troubleshooter.
- Check if you can install the newest updates.
Run SFC and DISM
Corrupted Windows system files may prevent you from installing the latest updates. Run the System File Checker and DISM to fix corrupted system files.
- Launch Command Prompt with admin rights.
- Run the sfc /scannow command and hit Enter.
- Then run the following two commands:
- Dism /Online /Cleanup-Image /CheckHealth
- Dism /Online /Cleanup-Image /RestoreHealth
- Check if the problem is gone.
Close Background Apps and Disable Your Antivirus
The programs and processes running in the background might be interfering with the Windows Update service. Disable all of them and check the results.
Launch the Task Manager, and click on the Processes tab. Next, Right-click on the process you want to close and select End task.
To disable your antivirus, go to Windows Security, and click on Virus and threat protection. Next, go to Manage Settings and disable real-time protection.
Restart the Update Service
Make sure the Windows Update Service is running on your machine. Then, try restarting the service and check the results.
- Type “services” in the Windows Search bar and double-click on the Services app.
- Locate the Windows Update service. If it’s disabled, right-click on it and select Start.
- If the service is already running, disable it and wait for two minutes. Then re-enable it, and check for updates again.
Alternatively, you can also use Command Prompt to restart the Windows Update service. To do that, run the following commands one by one:
net stop bits
net stop cryptsvc
net stop wuauserv
net stop msiserver
Ren C:\Windows\SoftwareDistribution SoftwareDistribution.old
Ren C:\Windows\System32\catroot2 Catroot2.old
net start bits
net start cryptsvc
net start wuauserv
net start msiserver
If error code 0x80004005 prevents you from installing the latest Windows 10 updates, run the Windows Update troubleshooter. If the problem persists, run the SFC and DISM commands and close all the background apps. Additionally, restart the Windows Update service and check the results. Finally, hit the comments below and let us know if these methods helped you fix the problem.