Windows 10 Windows Update Error 0x80080008

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windows10microsoftlogo_mediumIf 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
http://go.microsoft.com/?linkid=9830262

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.
REGSVR32 WUPS2.DLL /S
REGSVR32 WUPS.DLL /S
REGSVR32 WUAUENG.DLL /S
REGSVR32 WUAPI.DLL /S
REGSVR32 WUCLTUX.DLL /S
REGSVR32 WUWEBV.DLL /S
REGSVR32 JSCRIPT.DLL /S
REGSVR32 MSXML3.DLL /S

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.

5th Attempt – THIS IS WHAT WORKED FOR ME!

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.

49 Comments

  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

        #5 ALSO WORKED PERFECT FOR ME THANKS FOR THE INFO

  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.

  13. BertS August 30, 2015 at 3:17 pm - Reply

    Tried method 1 which also gave me:“Service Registration is missing or corrupt”.
    Then tried method 2 which worked for me. When I retried updates it started updating immediately.

    Thanks a lot!

  14. Dominique Schwartz August 31, 2015 at 8:11 pm - Reply

    Tried solution #5 and it worked for me! Had tried some of the other solutions without success but the command line on #5 worked and was able to download the updates without a problem!

  15. blahblahblah September 10, 2015 at 6:17 pm - Reply

    It works! Thank you!

    How? I ran your batch sequence (#4 option) and then the command line code (#5). Rebooted. Installing updates as I type this.

    Cheers!

  16. toto October 2, 2015 at 11:20 am - Reply

    I tried method 2 and it worked fo me.

    thanks

  17. Alex October 10, 2015 at 4:23 am - Reply

    Thank you very much! Option 5 worked for me!

  18. Сергей Плотников November 16, 2015 at 2:14 pm - Reply

    Thank you for the fix. I tried method 2 and it worked fo me.

  19. João Vittor November 18, 2015 at 7:13 am - Reply

    Option #4 worked for me. Thank You!

  20. Rick Groot November 19, 2015 at 4:53 am - Reply

    option 2 worked for me
    tnx!!

  21. Adam November 22, 2015 at 4:17 pm - Reply

    1st option fixed it for me. Thankyou!

  22. CT November 27, 2015 at 10:13 pm - Reply

    2nd option worked for me, thanks a ton!

  23. hellou December 9, 2015 at 8:37 am - Reply

    5th worked for me too, the command dism.exe helped to start the update service again. Thousand thanks!

  24. Rebecca December 11, 2015 at 3:38 am - Reply

    Second option worked! Thank you so much!

  25. Christopher A. December 14, 2015 at 5:41 am - Reply

    Thanks a million! the sc queryex and taskkill operation worked like a charm, while all of microsoft’s support options and “fixits” hadn’t worked at all. My updates are currently downloading. I love being able to find my specific problem and having a simple fix, again – THANK YOU for posting this solution!

    • Robert Russell December 14, 2015 at 7:36 am - Reply

      I’m glad it worked for you! I try to update my articles with feedback people give me and I try to write about issues I’ve run into where the solution was hard to find. Be sure to share the link!

  26. Federico December 14, 2015 at 6:56 pm - Reply

    WU got broken after installing and uninstalling Office 2007, maybe for some incompatibilities. Last method worked for me. Thanks 🙂

  27. Pieter December 16, 2015 at 12:47 pm - Reply

    Thanks! Method 2 worked for me. 🙂

  28. Tresher December 20, 2015 at 6:22 pm - Reply

    2nd way worked for me 🙂 Thanks a lot!

  29. Monique December 27, 2015 at 6:47 pm - Reply

    thank you, fix 2 restarted the updates. This issue goes as far back as July 2015. I”ve experienced this issue since the last download. Still not resolved with Microsoft?

  30. Fortdeath Gaming January 13, 2016 at 6:25 am - Reply

    I have to comment on this post, I just had this issue spring up on my desktop after shutting it down for a night when I usually leave it running, Option number 2 is what seems to be working so far and I had to say thank you!

  31. KeanBird February 1, 2016 at 9:37 am - Reply

    Thank you! #5 worked for me.

  32. Ralf February 10, 2016 at 10:34 am - Reply

    Hi everybody,

    I had the same update problem with this error code.
    #5 worked good for me, but not every time.
    At least it didn´t work anymore.

    Now I got the newest issue of my favourite pc-magazin. There I found the solution for my problem.
    Just download “Reset Windows Update Agent” from here:

    https://gallery.technet.microsoft.com/scriptcenter/Reset-Windows-Update-Agent-d824badc

    Right click the cmd-file and run as administrator.
    Then press Y and then 7 and then Enter.
    Restart the pc now and start the update.

    For me it worked well.

    Sorry for my “school english”, I hope everybody did understand.

    Best regards

  33. João Mourão February 24, 2016 at 10:10 am - Reply

    Amazing post, option number two fixed mine 😀 THanks

  34. Dyron DJ April 30, 2016 at 7:03 pm - Reply

    I got lucky and only needed to get to option #2 to work… THANKS!

  35. ElectroZ May 6, 2016 at 5:57 am - Reply

    Method 2 works like a charm! Windows 10 x64 Build 10586.

  36. Ferhat May 15, 2016 at 7:32 am - Reply

    windows suckes

  37. Evert May 21, 2016 at 6:37 am - Reply

    Thanks, 1st option gave the same error as you reported, 2nd option worked for me.

  38. Viraj June 8, 2016 at 12:02 am - Reply

    Thank You ,Thank You,Thank You so much for your help..!

  39. Dora November 18, 2016 at 12:26 pm - Reply

    Worked for me after trying for 2 days to find a fix (I think it was the 5th one, but i also tried the 4th one so I’m not really sure which one succeded….) Anyway, thanks a lot
    !

  40. Victor Bien March 25, 2017 at 8:54 pm - Reply

    From time to time servicing many computers of my clients I strike this problem of Windows Updates not working. Computer is a Windows 10. The steps to fix are hard to remember so I looked up the web and your site listed the commands- just what I wanted. By feel I thought method 5 would work and it did! Thanks.

    • Robert Russell March 25, 2017 at 9:45 pm - Reply

      I’m glad to hear one of the methods worked for you. What you wrote was one of my main reasons for starting this blog. I figured if I’ve run into the problem, so have others.

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