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Tuesday, April 8, 2014

How To Fix Windows Update Error 80070005.

How To Fix Windows Update Error 80070005.

Windows Update Error 80070005 is usually caused by something going awry in your user permissions to the point where Windows Updates cannot install as it no longer has permissions. The fastest way I am aware of to get around Windows Update Error 80070005 is as follows:
  1. Log off the current user and log in with the administrator Account
  2. attempt to install updates from Microsoft updates ( or local WSUS server if applicable)
  3. after updates have been re installed reboot the computer and log in as the original user.
  4. The user should now be able to install updates
I'm not sure why this works, but it does! I would hazzard a guess that logging in as local admin allows the computer account to reset the ACL permissions that it needs.
The other things to check in troubleshooting Windows Update Error 80070005 are:
  1. Make sure that the firewall is not blocking windows updates. to verify this disable your firewall and try
  2. is the user profile generally corrupt? if so try and old out the profile (details on how to do so here:
  3. run the windows update repair tool and see if this fixes your issue (details here:
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