Windows 10 Update Error 0x80080008 [Fix]

By: Ivan Jenic
4 minute read

We’re all familiar with Windows 10 update issues. This kind of problems is probably the most common flaw that Windows 10 users encounter from time to time.

All of those pesky issues are followed by an identification code in order for them to get sorted out easier. One of those errors that are common and repetitive is the one with the code 0x80080008. Namely, you’ll get prompted with this error code when your update is either stuck or some of the update files are not successfully downloaded and installed. But, don’t worry, we have a few workarounds that should resolve your issue, in case it bothers you.

How to fix Windows 10 Update error 0x80080008

Restart BITS services

Background Intelligent Transfer Service (BITS) is an essential service for Updates. On some occasions, due to various reasons it can crash and stop working. What you need to do is restart the service and see if there is an improvement in the Update protocol.

  1.  Press Windows key + R.
  2. In search line type services.msc and press Enter
  3. Look for Background Intelligent Transfer Service (BITS).
  4. Make sure that it is Running.
  5. If it isn’t, right-click and choose Start.
  6. Right-click again and open Properties.
  7. Choose Recovery tab and make sure that First failure and Second failure are set to Restart service.
  8. Confirm selection and check for updates.

That gets the job done for some users. However, if you are still prompted with the error, move on to the next solution.

Scan with SFC tool

In some cases, your system update files can get corrupted or incomplete. Because of that they can block or sustain update features. So, you’ll need to use the SFC tool in the Command prompt and check out their integrity. Here’s what you need to do:

  1. Right-click and open Start menu.
  2. Choose Command Prompt (Admin).
  3. Type sfc/scannow in the command line.
  4. The procedure will search for corrupted files and repair them.

This tool proved valuable in many situations. Nonetheless, if the corrupted files are not the core of the problem, you may want to try other workarounds.

Run DISM restore

Since the SFC tool is basically an all-around fixer, maybe we should narrow the troubleshooting with DISM. Deployment Image Servicing and Management (DISM) is a tool that is closely related to updating bug fixes. Additionally, if DISM can’t use the update for fixing files, you can use a system installation drive. So, you should give it a go and hope for a favorable result:

  1. Press Windows key + X and open Command Prompt (Admin).
  2. Type following command on the command line:
      • DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth
  3. In case the DISM can’t obtain files online, try using your installation USB or DVD. Insert media and type following command:
      • DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-Image /RestoreHealth /Source:C:RepairSourceWindows /LimitAccess
  4. Be sure to replace ”C:RepairSourceWindows” path of your DVD or USB.

Users reported this solution as the most fitting for the issue. Nonetheless, it seems that the problem is repetitive after a while. In order to prevent that, try out the last 2 workarounds.

Boot in a Safe Boot mode

On some occasions, the background programs and their respective processes can slow down or even prevent an update. So, try tweaking out your services and startup to prevent the possible conflict.

  1. Type msconfig in the Windows Search.
  2. Right-click System Configuration and choose to Run as Administrator.
  3. Go to Services tab and check Hide all Microsoft services box.
  4. Then click Disable All and click Apply.
  5. Go to Startup tab and choose Open Task Manager.
  6. Disable all Startup programs individually.
  7. Restart your PC and try updating.

Restart Windows Update service

Notorious svchost.exe is the Windows Update process that inflicted a lot of problems over time. In may make your CPU go mad, and even prevents any updating. So, there is a probable chance that the main culprit for your update issues is exactly the Windows Update process. So, in order to solve the problem, we’re going to restart this service. To do that, follow these instructions closely.

  1. Type Services in Windows Search.
  2. In Services list, search for Windows Update.
  3. Right-click and open Properties, and choose Disable.
  4. Restart your PC.
  5. After the system starts, check out Services again and make sure that Windows Update is Disabled.
  6. Navigate to C:Windows and find SoftwareDistribution folder.
  7. Rename folder to SoftwareDistribution.OLD (you can delete it, as well but why to take unnecessary risks).
  8. Once again navigate to Services and find Windows Update.
  9. Right-click and open Properties, choose Manual and confirm the selection.
  10. Go to Start and open Settings from the left side, open Update & Security, and Check for Updates.

You should be able to find and download available updates after this workaround.

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Done. Have in mind that you can use workarounds presented in this article for multiple errors, not just the one we addressed today. In case you have any questions or suggestions, the comments section is bellow.

For more Windows Update workarounds, and additional info, make sure to check our Windows Update hub.


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