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Fix: There were some problems installing updates

Note: it isn’t recommended to uncheck the update option Give me updates for other Microsoft products when I update Windows. Windows Updates downloads and installs updates required to run Windows efficiently.

Disclaimer: this solution contains steps that are part of modifying the registry. Please note that serious problems may occur if you do this incorrectly. Ensure you follow these steps correctly, and carefully.

Back up the registry before you modify it, then restore it if a problem occurs.

4. Run a System File Checker scan

  1. Click Start
  2. Go to the search field box and type CMD
  3. Select Command Prompt
  4. Right click and select Run as Administrator
  5. Type sfc/scannowStatus invalid image format sfc
  6. Press Enter
  7. Restart your computer

A System File Checker scan checks or scans all protected system files, and then replaces the incorrect versions, with the genuine, correct Microsoft versions.

If you want to know all about System File Checker, we have an excellent guide that will teach you all the tricks.

If the update installation issue persists, try the next solution.

5. Temporarily disable your antivirus security software

Temporarily turn off firewalls and any antivirus or malware prevention software

You can uninstall third-party software on your computer such as computer cleaner or antivirus to check whether it can fix the issue.

Note: for antivirus, temporarily disable it because you need it to prevent your computer from security threats.

Immediately after you’re done fixing the update installation issue, re-enable your antivirus.

6. Download updates manually

If none of the previous steps proved to be a definite solution, we suggest navigating to Microsoft’s Update Catalog and downloading recent updates manually from there.

Just navigate to the Microsoft web page, enter the name of the troublesome update and download it.

Then, just install the update like you would any other application. This should resolve the problem for good.

Did any of these solutions get your update installation working? Let us know in the comments section below.

FAQ: Read more about installing updates problems

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The error 0x80080005 prevents you from installing Windows updates but this comprehensive guide will help you fix it.

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For any problems installing Windows updates, check out our expert guide to fix that problem.

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Editor’s Note: This article was originally published in November 2017 and was revamped and updated in December 2020 for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.

This post was written by Milan Stanojevic and was first posted to WindowsReport

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