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Windows update error 0x800f0805 – Different ways to resolve

by | Mar 23, 2021

Are you looking for a solution to Windows update error 0x800f0805? Take a peek at this blog.

This error can arise due to many reasons that include corrupt or missing system files, poor Internet connection, outdated drivers, inadequate Drive Space, and so on.

Here at Bobcares, we have seen several such Windows-related errors as part of our Server Management Services for web hosts and online service providers.

Today we’ll see how our Experts fix this error for our customers.

 

What causes windows update error 0x800f0805 to occur

Microsoft releases many updates for Windows on a regular basis in order to improve the working efficiency of the device and enhance security. However, if the update doesn’t go smoothly then it may lead to an error message. One such error is 0x800f0805. This error indicates the system failures and may cause further damage if ignored.

Here is the complete error message that it displays.

The changes couldn’t be completed. Please reboot your computer and try again.
Error code: 0x800f0805

This error can occur due to various reasons. They are:

  • Bugs in update delivery which means Microsoft servers are experiencing issues.
  • Corrupt or missing system files
  • Poor Internet connection
  • Damaged sections of hard drive that might have viruses and malware.
  • Windows Update service
  • Inadequate Drive Space
  • Background Programs/Processes
  • Outdated Drivers
  • Accidental Sign-out during the upgrade/update process.

 

How we resolve Windows update error 0x800f0805

Now let’s see how our Support Engineers resolve this error message.

 

Method 1: Clean the Windows Update temporary cache folder

1. First, we stop the Windows Update service. Here are the steps we follow to do it.

  • First, in the Run prompt, we type “services.msc” and click OK.
  • A pop-up window will open containing all Windows services on the system.
  • Now, we right-click on the “Windows Update” service and then click Stop.

2. Next, we clean the Windows Update temporary cache folder

  • For that, we type %windir%\SoftwareDistribution\DataStore in the Run prompt and click OK.
  • As a result, it will open Windows Explorer in the correct location.
  • Then, we delete all contents of this folder.

3. Then, we start the Windows Update Service

  • For that, in the Run prompt, we type “services.msc” and click OK.
  • A pop-up window will open containing all Windows services on the system.
  • Now, we right-click on the “Windows Update” service and then click Start.

 

Method 2: Run the System File Checker (SFC) utility

SFC utility is an in-built tool to check the filesystem. Using this application, we can scan for damaged Windows system files and restore them. Here are the steps for it.

  • First, we type “cmd” in the Run prompt and then press Ctrl+Shift+Enter to run the command as an administrator.
  • If we are prompted for the admin password, we enter the password and click OK.
  • Then a command prompt appears where we type sfc /scannow and press Enter.

As soon as the SFC process finishes, we restart the computer. After the restart, we search for Updates again.

 

Method 3: Clean Windows Update download path

Here are the steps that we follow to clean the Windows update download path.

  • First, we type regedit in Run prompt and hit Enter.
  • A new window appears, there is a navigation on the left side, we use it to navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\WindowsUpdate
  • After finding it, we search for WUServer and WIStatusServer in the right-hand pane.
  • If they are not listed, we cannot clean the download path. Otherwise, we can delete both.
  • Finally, we restart the computer.

 

Method 4: Use the DISM tool to Fix Error 0x800f0805

Deployment Image Servicing and Management (DISM) is an inbuilt application that can fix Error 0x800f0805 by repairing the damaged Windows images files, including Windows Setup. Here are the steps we follow:

  • First, we click on the Start button and select the Run option.
  • Next, in the dialog box, we type “cmd” and press Ctrl+Shift+Enter together.
  • When UAC prompts, we click on the Yes button.
  • In the Command Prompt, we type the following URL and hit Enter:
    DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth

 

Method 5: Reset Windows Update Components

Sometimes, faulty or corrupted Windows Update components can also cause this error. To fix the problem, we need to reset them manually using commands. For that, we follow the below steps.

  • First, we click on the Start button and select the Run option.
  • Next, in the dialog box, type “cmd” and press Ctrl+Shift+Enter together.
  • When UAC prompts, we click on the Yes button.
  • In the Command Prompt, we type the following commands one by one and press Enter after each.
    net stop bits
    net stop wuauserv
    net stop appidsvc
    net stop cryptsvc
    ren %systemroot%\SoftwareDistribution SoftwareDistribution.bak
    ren %systemroot%\system32\catroot2 catroot2.bak
    net start bits
    net start wuauserv
    net start appidsvc
    net start cryptsvc

Finally, we restart the computer and try to update the Windows operating system.

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Conclusion

Today, we saw how our Support Engineers fix the windows update error 0x800f0805

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