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How to fix the 0x80080008 error

Here you will find out:

  • what error 0x80080008 is
  • how to fix this error
  • how DiskInternals Partition Recovery can help you

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About error 0x80080008

Any regular Windows user knows that it’s almost normal to be greeted by error messages from time to time, especially when downloading a Windows update. The 0x80080008 error message indicates that a Windows Update feature could not be installed on your PC due to one reason or another. But this is not something to worry about, as there are many ways to fix the issue.

How to fix this error

Method 1: Check the antivirus

Most Windows update errors are reportedly caused by antivirus settings, and so, many Windows PC users have also reported that by disabling their antivirus software, the 0x80080008 error message got cleared. So check your antivirus settings or even disable/uninstall the software while trying to fix this Windows error.

Method 2: Run SFC and DISM scans

SFC and DISM scans are built-in Windows utilities that scan for errors in your drives and fix them automatically. You can’t run both scans simultaneously; they must be done one after another.


  • Press Windows Key + X or right-click on Start to launch the Windows default context menu.
  • Click on Command Prompt (Admin) from the options.
  • In the Command Prompt interface, type this command: SFC/Scannow
  • Wait for the scan to run completely (Note: this may take a long time).

If the error was not fixed after running the SFC scan, try the DISM scan, following the steps below.


  • Follow the same steps above to launch Command Prompt as an admin.
  • Type the following command: DISM/Online/Cleanup-Image/RestoreHealth or DISM/Online/Cleanup-Image/RestoreHealth/Source:C:\RepairSource/LimitAccess. The second command is for Windows 10 ISO. Replace the options after “source:” with the installation media’s path.
  • Restart the PC afterward.

Method 3: Restart the components of Windows Update

In this method, you will need to reset/restart the entries of Windows Update components.


  • Launch the Start menu (Windows Key + X or right-click on Start), and select Command Prompt (Admin).
  • Type the following commands one after the other into Command Prompt; remember to always press Enter on the keyboard after writing each command:
  • Restart your computer afterward.

Method 4: Download and install the update manually

When the methods above do not work, you should yet try this method. You may just skip the error screen if you install the update manually. However, for this method, you need to know the “KB Number” of the Windows update. To find the KB number of an update, check the Windows Update page on the Windows Settings page or visit the Windows Update History website.


  • Go to the Microsoft Update Catalog website, enter the KB number of the Windows update you want to download manually, and search the site.
  • From the results, download the update file that is compatible with your system’s architecture/configurations.
  • Run the setup file after the download and follow the prompts to install it on your PC

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