Windows 10 update error 0x80080005 [Fix]

By: Ivan Jenic
3 minute read

Windows 10’s performance and security are largely dependent on  Windows Update, especially the radical upgrades that enhance system stability. However, even if you wanted to skip updates, it’s not possible since Windows Update is obligatory. This means the abundance of error codes you will encounter in the update process are unavoidable.

In particular, error code 0x80080005 has proven itself a hard nut to crack, preventing updates whenever you check for new updates. To help, we compiled a list of workarounds that should help you address this issue.

How to fix update error 0x80080005 on Windows 10

Disable third-party antivirus software

We can’t stress the negative role of third party anti-malware programs in Windows 10 enough. Most of the time they function well, but when it comes to Windows update, we run into a large variety of issues. They may prevent some update files from downloading or even delete and corrupt them. Or they just may conflict with the built-in Windows Defender and create quite the mayhem. So, before updating, make sure you’ve disabled antivirus. If you’re still having issues, the best solution is to uninstall antivirus and reinstall it after the update process is done.

Run SFC to scan for errors

If damage to certain update files is already done, System File Checker comes into play. SFC is a built-in tool that scans and fixes corrupted or incomplete files. Furthermore, it can give you a wider picture of what caused the problem in first place. You can use SFC in a few easy steps:

  1. Right-click Start and open the Command Prompt (Admin).
  2. In the command line type following line: sfc/scannow. Press Enter to confirm.
  3. After the procedure is done, retry Updating.


SFC is a great tool for all-around system issues, but DISM is better oriented towards the malfunctioning of update features. And the good thing about DISM is that you, in the absence of the connection, can use an installation drive to fix broken files. We’ll lead you through both the online and offline repair sequences in the instructions below:

  1. Right-click Start and run Command Prompt (Admin).
  2. In the command line, type the following:
      • DISM /Online /Cleanup-Image /RestoreHealth
  3. An alternative command you can use with Windows 10 ISO is this:
      • DISM /Online /Cleanup-Image /RestoreHealth /source:WIM:X:\Sources\Install.wim:1 /LimitAccess
  4. Don’t forget to replace ‘X’ with a corresponding drive letter on which your Windows 10 ISO is mounted.

The process may be lengthy, so make sure not to interfere until it’s done.

Upgrade with the Media Creation Tool

Besides a clean reinstallation of the OS, the Media Creation Tool can be used for updates as well. Even though we advise you to perform a clean install to fix update issues, you can preserve your files, apps, and settings this way. Follow the instructions below to update Windows 10 via the Media Creation Tool, a tool better suited for large updates like Redstone or the Creators Update.

  1. Download Media Creation Tool here.
  2. Make some space on the system partition.
  3. Run the tool and select Upgrade this PC now.
  4. After Windows 10 is downloaded, accept the license agreement.
  5. The tool will look for the latest updates on Microsoft servers.
  6. Select the version of Windows 10 you’d like and have the installer keep all your files.
  7. Click Install.

After the process is finished, you should be able to use the latest updates and any annoying issues should be gone.

If you have any alternative solutions or questions regarding the ones presented, feel free to tell us in the comments section!


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