If your update fails, the ‘windows update error 0x80004005’ message might occur. The troubleshooting steps to resolve this problem are mentioned on this web page.

Updating troubleshooter:

The Activation Troubleshooter tries to fix the Activation Error 0xc004f014 automatically.

  • The Windows Update Troubleshooter program will scan for the update related errors like windows update error 0x80004005 and resolve them.
  • Launch the Settings dialog window by pressing the Win and I keys at the same time.
  • Select Update & Security -> Troubleshoot -> Windows Update -> Run the Troubleshooter.
  • Proceed with the on-screen guidelines to finish this process.

SFC scan:

  • This scan helps to check the integrity of the system files.
  • First, launch the Administrator Command Prompt dialog window on your computer.
  • Once you type ‘sfc/scannow’ without the single quotes in the Administrator Command Prompt dialog window, press the Enter key on the computer’s keyboard.
  • This scanning procedure might take up to 15 minutes.
  • Try to update again and check if the error code 0X80004005 problem is resolved.

Reset update services:

  • Open the Windows search bar and type ‘cmd’ without including the quotes.
  • Once you right-click the Command Prompt option, choose the Run as Administrator option.
  • Enter the commands that are mentioned below.
  • net start wuauserv
  • net stop bits
  • net stop cryptsvc
  • Ren %systemroot%SoftwareDistributionDataStore * .bak
  • Ren %systemroot%DistributionDownload * .bak
  • Ren %systemroot%system32catroot2 * .bak
  • net start wuauserv
  • net start bits
  • net start cryptsvc

PC drivers:

  • After pressing the Win and X keys simultaneously, select the Device Manager option.
  • Search for the yellow exclamation point. These devices do not have a proper driver.
  • Try to update the drivers and check if this problem has been resolved after updating Windows.

Updating drivers automatically:

Use any third-party software to update the drivers automatically.

Clean boot:

  • Type ‘msconfig’ without the quotes in the Windows search bar and press Enter.
  • Launch the System Configuration dialog window, click the Services tab, and select the checkbox next to the ‘Hide all Microsoft services’ option.
  • After clicking the Disable All button, navigate to the Startup tab and select the Open Task Manager option.
  • Choose the startup item and then click the Disable button. Exit the Task Manager window and restart the computer.
  • If all the instructions mentioned above fail to resolve the Error code 0X80004005 problem, download the Windows update manually.
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