Windows 10 Windows Update Error 0x80080008

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windows10microsoftlogo_medium If you’re running Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 10130 (or any other one) you may have run into some issues like I have. I’ve had errors about access denied for certain things, but more importantly, I’ve been getting Windows Update Error 0x80080008 whenever I try to run updates.

From the Microsoft forums, you could try these options, however none of them worked for me.

1st Attempt

Method 1: First, run the Microsoft Fix it.
Fix the problem with Microsoft Windows Update that is not working

This option told me “Service Registration is missing or corrupt”.

2nd Attempt

Method 2: Also, follow these steps to start the Windows Update service
a. On the Start screen, type cmd.
b. Right click on CMD and select Run As Administrator
c. At the command prompt, type the following commands, and press Enter after each command:
sc queryex wuauserv
Write down the pid
taskkill /f /pid What_you_have_written
net start bits
net start wuauserv
Retry windows update

net start wuauserv

This option told me “The Service is starting or stopping. Please try again later”.

3rd Attempt

Next I tried running SFC /SCANNOW from the command prompt.

This finished successfully and found no errors.

4th Attempt

Next I found a batch script to try. Open Notepad, copy this into it and save it as a .bat file somewhere.

After running this batch script, it finished with no visible errors. I rebooted, and still received the same error when trying to run Windows Update.


Start a command prompt in administrator mode and use this command:
dism.exe /online /cleanup-image /restorehealth

Let it finish running, then reboot and try updates again.

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  1. David Gagne July 5, 2015 at 3:44 am - Reply

    Outstanding, thanks for posting this solution. The 5th attempt solution is also what functioned for me as well.

    • Robert Russell July 9, 2015 at 8:53 am - Reply

      I’m glad it worked for you too! For me, it hasn’t been a permanent fix, I’ve had to apply it a couple of times. Once I see the error come up, I run the script then updates work fine again.

      • BARRY September 5, 2015 at 7:21 pm - Reply


  2. Kenairod July 17, 2015 at 3:06 am - Reply

    The fifth solution doesn’t work for me, it tells me I should use the 64bits version of DISM since I have a 64bits OS. Do you know I can run the 64bits version ?

    • Robert Russell July 17, 2015 at 10:45 am - Reply

      I have the 64bit version and that command worked for me as posted.

  3. Watch August 6, 2015 at 4:18 pm - Reply

    Thank you for your post. Number 3 worked for me. :-)

  4. Frank Greger August 8, 2015 at 1:19 am - Reply

    Number 5 fixed the problem on my computer :-)

  5. Robert August 13, 2015 at 1:48 am - Reply

    the 5th worked for me as wellbut the process is so slow

    • Robert Russell August 13, 2015 at 6:09 am - Reply

      Part of the 5th steps depends on how fast your internet connection is since its downloading a healthy image from Microsoft.

  6. Edgardo August 18, 2015 at 11:31 am - Reply

    Thanks a lot –> 5th Attempt – THIS IS WHAT WORKED FOR ME!

  7. Orestis Gklavas August 23, 2015 at 9:15 am - Reply

    Regarding the second solution, the windows update service seems to be hanged in a stopping or starting state.

    Try the following:

    1) Open a command prompt with administrator access
    2) Run sc queryex wuauserv
    3) Write down the pid
    4) Run taskkill /f /pid What_you_have_written
    5) Run net start wuauserv
    6) Retry windows update

    • Robert Russell August 23, 2015 at 3:11 pm - Reply

      Thanks for the info! I updated the article to include this in Method 2.

      • Orestis Gklavas August 23, 2015 at 3:41 pm - Reply

        Make a few changes to the article, since the way you have now written it, it appears that you get the “The Service is starting or stopping. Please try again later” message AFTER you taskkill the wuauserv process.

        • ElectroZ May 6, 2016 at 5:58 am - Reply

          Thanks for this solution!

  8. ibrahim August 24, 2015 at 4:29 pm - Reply

    Thank you for your post. Number 2 worked for me.

  9. Deepesh Kumar August 25, 2015 at 11:29 pm - Reply

    Thanks Man, the second method worked perfectly for me. Just saved. #salutes

  10. Prateek Gupta August 26, 2015 at 1:05 pm - Reply

    thanks man! the 3rd option helped me :)
    really thanks :)

  11. jc gemino August 26, 2015 at 5:44 pm - Reply

    the 5th method worked for me but after restarting a few hours later thwindows update error comes back.

  12. Babineti August 29, 2015 at 5:47 am - Reply

    Thank you for the fix. The 5th solution worked for me.