If you are reading this article then most likely you are facing the Windows update error code 0x8000FFFF. This error means your operating system is having update issues. This usually occurs after Windows updates and locks the Windows store, it can appear after performing a system restore, or when you try to install a new app or software.
What is Windows update error code 0x8000FFFF?
As we have already discussed that the error code 0x8000ffff relates directly to Windows Update. It affects the functioning of the Microsoft Store. This error deadens your computer and even this can affect the updates also and you won’t be able to download the updates also. Somehow, if you have managed to update your OS and when you visit the Microsoft store after updating your Windows 10 you might have observed a notification that something is broken, somewhere. If it is the case then be sure that your system is experiencing the 0x8000ffff error. This error results in the failure of communication between your computer and Microsoft store servers.
Why the Windows update error code 0x8000FFFF appear on my computer?
Runtime Errors such as 0x8000ffff error will be caused by a variety of factors. It is important to troubleshoot every possible cause to prevent Windows 10 update error code 0x8000ffff.
The following are the main causes of 0x8000ffff error code Windows
- Damaged or updates system drivers
- Incorrect Date and Time settings
- Corrupted registry files due to malware/virus infection
- Incorrect computer system settings
- Unnecessary Cached Files
- Incomplete or corrupt downloads in your system
- If you mistakenly deleted Windows-related files
- Virus or Malware infection
How to fix error 0x8000FFFF in Windows 10?
Though this is an annoying error, however, you can fix this error by performing some easy to execute steps. Let’s try:
Use Windows Store App Troubleshooter
- Press Windows+I keys and type Troubleshooter in the search bar and hit Enter.
- Scroll down the list to find Windows Store Apps and select Run the Troubleshooter.
- Follow the on-screen instruction wizard to fix the error.
Configure Date and Time Settings
If you have mistakenly changed your date and time settings will cause an issue in connecting to Windows App servers. So you should correct time and date settings to fix 0x8000ffff error code Windows or Windows 10 update error code 0x8000ffff.
- Press Windows+R to open the Run dialog box.
- Type timedate.cpl as shown in the figure and click on OK to open date and time settings.
- Make sure that date, time, and time zone are correct as shown on your desktop.
- If there is any change, click on the change date and time to set the current time automatically.
** If there is any change in your current time then this method helps to fix the issue else continue with the below methods.
Check for Virus/Malware Infection
Initially, find out whether your system is malware/virus-infected or not. Removing the virus/malware intruders will help to fix this error and save your system from damage.
Using Windows Defender-Make sure of using a deep offline scan with Windows Defender
- Firstly, go to start menu or Windows Logo → select Settings → Update & security
- Later click on Windows Defender → Windows Defender Online → scan offline.
- After the scan, your system will reboot and check whether Windows 10 update error code 0x8000ffff issue is resolved or not.
Note: You can also check for antivirus using any of the third-party programs installed on your system.
In some cases, updating drivers may resolve this error or Windows 10 update error code 0x8000ffff. This option will help because most of the time error will occur while updating drivers. So, if you update drivers completely that will fix Windows 10 update error code 0x8000ffff.
- Select Windows logo → go to Settings → Update & security → Check for Updates.
- Choose the driver you need to install from the list to install or install all drivers.
You can try updating drivers manually
- Click on the Windows logo key →search for device manager.
- Expand the drivers you want to update → Click on the problematic driver → right-click on it → select update driver software
**After installing all the updates restart your computer. Check either the Windows 10 update error code 0x8000ffff issue is resolved or not.
Boot in Safe Mode with Networking
Boot your system in Safe Mode with networking to exclude spoilers and update your system and apps successfully.
- Start → Settings → Update & Security → Recovery → Advanced Startup → Restart now
- Troubleshoot → Advanced Options
- Startup Settings → Safe Mode with Networking.
- Now try to perform the necessary updates. Still Windows 10 update error code 0x8000ffff appearing? Don’t worry below method may help you out.
Clear Windows Store Cache
When the Windows Store cache becomes corrupted your system comes up with 0x8000ffff error code Windows.
You have to try the following settings to fix the issue
Windows key + R → Type WSReset.exe in the box and press enter
Windows key + S → Type wsreset → right-click wsreset → select run as administrator → select Yes
- Windows key + R → opens Run Box → copy and paste or type %localappdata%\\Packages\\Microsoft.WindowsStore_8wekyb3d8bbwe\\LocalState → click on ok
- Find the cache folder → Right-click on folder → Select Rename, type Cache.old
- If there is no such folder create a new folder and name it as cache and close the window.
- Next, open Windows key + I → Updates & Security → Troubleshoot → Click Windows Store App → Run the Troubleshooter
If still, the problem persists, the Windows store cache is not the cause of the 0x8000ffff error code Windows issue.
Run System File Checker
- Windows logo or start → type command prompt → right-click and select run as administrator
- Enter DISM.exe/Online/Cleanup-image/Restorehealth on command prompt → click enter
- Next enter sfc/scannow and press Enter
- You have to wait till the system scan finish → Reboot your system
Check Disk Utility
- Go to the computer icon, right-click on Local disk C: → select properties
- Go to tools → go to error checking category → select check.
- On the new window click on start.
- Wait till the process completes → reboot your system.
Run chkdsk Scan
- Go to command prompt → right-click select run as administrator.
- Type CHKDSK /f /r and enter → type Y and press enter.
- Wait for the process to finish → reboot your computer.
Reset the Microsoft Store/ Windows Store
- Go to the search bar and type Windows PowerShell. From the results, right-click on it, and then choose to Run as Administrator.
- In a blue screened window enter powershell-ExecutionPolicy Unrestricted Add-AppxPackage-DisableDevelopmentMode-Register and press Enter.
- Now enter the command Env:SystemRoot\WinStore\AppxManifest.xml
- Once done, restart your computer and check for the error.
Delete Software Distribution Folder
- Open search bar and type command and press Enter.
- Right-click on the best match from the results and select Run as Administrator.
- Type the following commands and press Enter after each command
net stop wuauserv
net stop bits
- Open the Windows Explorer window. Type C:\Windows\SoftwareDistribution into the address bar.
- Now, open the Software Distribution folder. Select all files by pressing CTRL+A, then Delete these files.
- If you are facing any issue in deleting all of the files then restart your computer, and follow the process again. After deleting all the files, restart your system and check for the error.
Use System Restore
Sometimes, performing a system restore also helps to fix System restore error 0x8000ffff issue. This System restore error 0x8000ffff issue occurs due to the failure of your previous system restore.
- Click on Windows logo or start → type System restore → on new window click on next
- Up-tick shows more restore points and selects a restore point where the system worked fine without error. Finally, click on Next to perform a system restore to the point you selected.
- Your system will restore to the point you selected and will fix System restore error 0x8000ffff. If the problem is with the failure of the system restore this method will definitely fix the issue System restore error 0x8000ffff.
Check your Cryptographic Service
- Go to the search bar and type services.
- You will find a list of results and go to Cryptographic services.
- Check that the service is set to start automatically. If not then set this service start automatically.
Change DNS Server IP
If none of the methods worked for you then change the DNS server IP to fix this error. To do so follow these steps:
- Go to the ‘Start’ menu and type ‘Control Panel’ and hit the ‘Enter’ key.
- Click on the ‘Network and Internet’ section.
- Next, click on the ‘Network and Sharing Center’.
- Click on ‘change adapter settings’.
- Find out the active internet connection and then right-click on it and tap on ‘Properties’.
- Click the checkbox ‘Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4)’ and tap on the ‘Properties’ button.
- Check the radio button ‘obtain an IP address automatically’ and select ‘Use the following DNS server address’.
- Now enter 188.8.131.52 as the ‘Preferred DNS Server’ and 184.108.40.206 as the ‘Alternate DNS Server box’.
- Make sure to check the box ‘Validate settings upon exit’ before pressing the OK button.
- Close the window and restart your computer to save the changes successfully.
Disable a proxy server
Try to disable proxy to fix this error. To do so follow these steps:
- Press Windows+R keys to open the Run dialog box.
- Type inetcpl.cpl and press Enter.
- Navigate to Connections Tab and then move to LAN settings.
- Now uncheck the option Use proxy server for LAN and click OK and Apply to confirm changes.
- Restart the computer and check for the error.
These were effective solutions to fix the error code 0x8000FFFF. Hopefully, your error has been resolved. Let us know in the comment section which method worked for you? Wanna some more DeviceTricks? Stay tuned to this space to get the latest updates on errors related to Windows, macOS, and Android.
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