0xfffffffe Error: What Is It and How to Fix It

Installing the missing components can fix error 0xfffffffe

by Loredana Harsana
Loredana Harsana
Loredana Harsana
Managing Editor
Loredana is a passionate writer with a keen interest in PC software and technology. She started off writing about mobile phones back when Samsung Galaxy S II was... read more
Reviewed by Alex Serban
Alex Serban
Alex Serban
Windows Server & Networking Expert
After moving away from the corporate work-style, Alex has found rewards in a lifestyle of constant analysis, team coordination and pestering his colleagues. Holding an MCSA Windows Server... read more
Affiliate Disclosure
  • Missing Windows updates on your PC can cause the error 0xfffffffe.
  • Sometimes blocked files will cause this error message to appear on your computer.
Easily get rid of Windows errors Fortect is a system repair tool that can scan your complete system for damaged or missing OS files and replace them with working versions from its repository automatically. Boost your PC performance in three easy steps:
  1. Download and Install Fortect on your PC.
  2. Launch the tool and Start scanning
  3. Right-click on Repair, and fix it within a few minutes
  • 0 readers have already downloaded Fortect so far this month

Error 0xfffffffe can prevent you from installing certain software on your PC, so you must fix it as soon as possible.

As for installation errors, you might want to read our guide on This installation package could not be opened, since it covers a similar problem.

What is it 0xfffffffe error?

There are many causes for this error, but the most common causes are the following:

  • Irregular updates – Missing updates can cause this error to appear, so keep your system up to date.
  • Latest .NET Framework – It is important to ensure that the system has installed the .NET Framework 4.5 or a more recent version.
  • Temporary files – It’s crucial to delete cache files, to avoid issues like this from appearing.
  • Antivirus settings – Antivirus settings can sometimes cause this problem, so you might to turn your security software off.
  • Blocked installer – Unblocking the installer on your system might help you fix this error.

How can I fix error 0xfffffffe?

Before we fix this error, here’s a quick solution that you might want to try:

  • Disable your antivirus – Sometimes your antivirus can cause this issue to appear, so it’s advised to disable it temporarily.

1. Update Windows

  1. Press the Windows key on your laptop and click on Settings.
  2. Choose the Windows Update from the menu.
  3. Check for updates by clicking Check for updates button.

  4. Restart the PC.

After doing that, check if 0xfffffffe error is gone.

2. Download .NET Framework

  1. Open your browser and navigate to .NET Framework download page.
  2. Select the recommended version to download it.
  3. Once the setup file is downloaded, run it to install the .NET Framework.

Additionally, make sure that .NET Framework 4.5 or later version is present on the system.

3. Remove Temporary files

  1. Press the Windows key + R and open Run window.
  2. Type %temp% and press Enter.
  3. Delete all files from the temp folder.

4. Unblock the installer

  1. Press the Windows key + E to open File Explorer and go to the folder where you have your downloads.
  2. Right-click the file that is giving you this error, and select Properties from the menu.
  3. On the General tab of the file Properties dialog, place a check mark for the Unblock option.
  4. Windows will no longer prevent you from opening this specific file. Repeat steps 1-3 for all the files you need on to unlock.
Note icon NOTE
If the Unblock checkbox is not present, the file is not blocked. You should only unblock files that you trust.

The error 0xfffffffe can cause many problems on your PC, but we hope you managed to fix it using the instructions from this guide.

If you’re having other installation issues, visit our Another installation is already in progress guide for more solutions.

Did you find a different solution for this error? Share it with us in the comments section below.

Still experiencing issues?


If the above suggestions have not solved your problem, your computer may experience more severe Windows troubles. We suggest choosing an all-in-one solution like Fortect to fix problems efficiently. After installation, just click the View&Fix button and then press Start Repair.

This article covers:Topics: