Fix Windows Update Unspecified Error 0x80004005

This guide will show you how to Fix Windows Update Unspecified Error 0x80004005 . Error 0x80004005 is translated as an unspecified error. Usually you get this error While updating Windows or when upgrading to Windows 10. We have listed possible troubleshooting steps since the error does not specifically tells you what the actual problem is, even in the Microsoft Books it is defined as “Unspecified Error”. This problem may occur if a file that the Windows Product Activation (WPA) requires is damaged or missing.

RECOMMENDED: Fix this issue in 3 simple steps. Takes only 2 minutes.

1) Download repair utility.

2) Install program and click Scan button.

3) Click Fix Errors button when scan is completed.

4) Restart your computer.

Fix Windows Update Unspecified Error 0x80004005

Warning : Before making any changes in your computer, I suggest you to create a System Restore point  so that you can restore back your computer to previous working stat if something goes wrong.

How to Fix Windows Update Unspecified Error 0x80004005?

Follow the below resolutions steps one by one and check if the issue gets fix after each step. If the issue remains, you can proceed with the further resolution steps.

1. Disable anti-virus blocking feature

The most common cause of this error is your anti-virus software giving a false positive report. If you have anti-virus software on your computer, first try to resolve this issue by disabling the software. After turning off the software, Windows update should work fine. Or else proceed with next steps.

2. Run Automatic Windows Update Troubleshooter

Windows Update troubleshooter an automatic tool that helps you to fix most of the Windows Update errors. When you run this tool, it will scan for the issues in the Windows Updates and tries to fix them automatically.

Refer this link to learn how to run Windows Update Troubleshooter.

3. Delete or rename SoftwareDistribution folder to fix error 0x80004005

Follow the below steps to rename the SoftwareDistribution folder on your computer.

  • Navigate the path C:\Windows\SoftwareDistribution\Download. (assuming Windows installed in C drive, if not navigate the root path)
  •  Select all files inside the SoftwareDistribution and delete them permanently.
  • Next, empty the Recycle Bin and try to install updates now.
  • Run This batch script which can help you in fixing various kinds of issues related to Windows Update. This script can be used in all Windows versions. Batch File to Reset Windows Update.

4. Download and install updates manually

Sometimes, when the automatic updates are not installing, you can try downloading the updates manually and try installing them. You can note down the update KB number and search for the same from the below link.


As we mentioned in step 1 disable antivirus unit you perform step 5. If you still unable to fix the issues, you may need to contact certified technician to reinstall the operating system. For further support, leave comments or ask more on Forum.


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Arun Prabhakar

Arun Prabhakar

Arun Prabhakar immensely interested in following Windows and other technology developments. Being passionate Windows blogger, he loves to help others on fixing their computer issues.

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