Fix the Windows Update error 0x8e5e03fa like a PRO

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  • The error 0x8e5e03fa is a Windows Update issue that arises when you are trying to manually install specific cumulative updates.
  • To fix the Windows Update Error code 0x8e5e03fa, the first step is to run the Windows Update Troubleshooter.
  • We know it's frustrating to get an error just when you update your system. Fortunately, we have a whole category to help you Fix Windows Update errors.
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How to fix the Windows Update error 0x8e5e03fa like a PRO

The error 0x8e5e03fa is a Windows Update issue that arises for some users when trying to manually install specific cumulative updates, such as KB30814444, via Settings.

The error message states, There were problems installing some updates, but we’ll try again later.

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The error message also includes error code 0x8e5e03fa along with the update details.

Read more about the solutions below.

How can I fix Windows Update error code 0x8e5e03fa in Windows 10?

  1. Run the Windows Update Troubleshooter
  2. Reset the Windows Update Components With a Batch File
  3. Install the Update Within an Alternative User Account

1. Run the Windows Update Troubleshooter

The Windows Update troubleshooter is included in Win 10 to resolve update errors.

That troubleshooter doesn’t always fix update errors, but it might still be worth running to see if it provides a resolution. Users can open the Windows Update troubleshooter as follows.

  1. Launch Cortana with the Windows key + Q hotkey (or click in the Type here to search box in Windows 10 1903).
  2. Then enter ‘troubleshoot’ in the search box, and click Troubleshoot settings.troubleshoot windows update
  3. Select the Windows Update troubleshooter within the Settings app.
  4. Click Run the troubleshooter to open the Windows Update troubleshooter.windows update troubleshooter detecting problems
  5. Thereafter, the troubleshooter might detect and automatically fix error 0x8e5e03fa. If so, it will provide some further details.

2. Reset the Windows Update Components with a batch file

This is a resolution users have widely confirmed fixes error 0x8e5e03fa. The resolution runs a batch file that resets Windows Update components.

This is how users can reset Windows Update components with a batch file.

  1. Open Cortana’s search box.
  2. Input the keyword Notepad in Cortana’s search utility. Then click Notepad to open that text editor’s window.
  3. Then enter (or copy and paste) this text into Notepad:net stop wuauservnet stop cryptSvcnet stop bitsnet stop msiserverren C:WindowsSoftwareDistribution SoftwareDistribution.oldren C:WindowsSystem32catroot2 Catroot2.oldnet start wuauserv

    net start cryptSvc

    net start bits

    net start msiserver

    batch reset update services

  4. Click File and select Save as to open the window in the snapshot directly below.save batch file as bat
  5. Then select All Files in the Save as type drop-down menu.
  6. Enter Fix.bat in the File name text box.
  7. Select to save the file to the desktop.
  8. Press the Save button.
  9. Then close Notepad.
  10. Now users should find a Fix.bat file on the desktop. Right-click Fix.bat to select the Run as administrator option.run as administrator
  11. Click Yes on any UAC dialog box that opens to run the batch file.
  12. Thereafter, the Command Prompt will open and reset Windows Update components.

3. Install the Update Within an Alternative User Account

The required updates might download and install without any issues within an alternative Windows account. So, setting up a new user account might be worth a shot.

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This is how users can activate a built-in admin account from which they try installing Windows updates.

  1. Right-click the Start button to open a menu, and then select Run to open that accessory.
  2. Enter cmd in Run, and press the Ctrl + Shift + Enter keyboard shortcut.
  3. Enter net user administrator /active:yes in the Prompt’s window and press Return to activate the built-in admin account.net user administrator /active:yes cmd
  4. Close the Command Prompt.
  5. Log out of Windows, and then log back in with the new Administrator account.
  6. Check for updates within the new Administrator account.

Those resolutions should fix error 0x8e5e03fa for some users.

Note, however, that users can also manually download and install the required updates from the Microsoft Update Catalog.

Thus, users can get the updates from there instead of clicking the Check for updates button in Settings.

FAQ: Learn more about Windows Update errors

  • How do I fix Windows Update errors?
First, restart the device again, and then turn Automatic Updates back on. Learn how to fix common issues with Windows Update.
  • How do I fix error 0x8e5e03fa?
Start by running the Windows Update Troubleshooter. If that doesn’t solve the issue, read our exclusive fix for the error 0x8e5e03fa.
  • How do I fix Windows Update corruption?
Run SFC and CHKDSK to repair the Windows Update Database Corruption. If you don’t know how to do that, here’s a guide on how to run a SFC scan.

Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in May 2019 and has been since revamped and updated in March 2020 for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.

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