How To Fix Update Error Code 0x80070057 In Windows 10

One very annoying error reported by users off-late is the error code 0x80070057 in Windows 10.  This error comes up when you are trying to install the Windows update on their device. The error may arise due to corrupt files or settings in the system or malware which can be managed or changed using the registry.

As scary it may sound, it can be fixed rather easily. Wondering how? Follow the methods below to fix the issue.

Method 1: Using Services


Step 1: Click on the Start button on your desktop and type Services in the search field. Now, double-click on the result to open the Services window.


Start Services Result


Step 2: In the Services window, on the right side of the pane, look for Windows Update. Now, right-click on it and select Properties from the context menu.


Services Name Windows Update Right Click Properties


Step 3: In the Windows Update Properties window, go to Startup Type section, set the field to Automatic. Click on Apply and then OK.


Windows Update Properties General Startup Type Automatic Apply Ok


Step 4: Now, if the Windows Update service is not running, click on Start on the left side of the screen. If it’s running already, click on Restart.


Service Running Restart The Service


Now, restart your PC. This should resolve the issue, if not, then try the 2nd method.


Method 2: By Running the Troubleshooter


Step 1: Click on the Start button your desktop and type Troubleshoot in the search field. Double-click on the result to open the Settings window.


Start Troubleshooter Troubleshoot Setting


Step 2: In the Settings window, on the right side of the screen, scroll down. Under the Get up and running section, select Windows Update. Click on Run the troubleshooter button.


Troubleshoot Settings Get Up And Running Windows Update Run The Troubleshooter


Step 3: Wait for the troubleshooter to finish diagnosing the problem and then once done, press Apply this fix option. Now, wait for the troubleshooter to repair Windows Update.


Wait For Troubleshooter To Detect The Problem



Once done with the repair, close the troubleshooter and restart your PC. This should fix the problem. But, if the problem persists, try the 3rd method.


Method 3: Using Recovery Options


Step 1: Click on the Start button on your desktop and type Recovery options in the search field. Double-click on the result to open the Settings window.


Start Search Recovery Options Double Click


Step 2: Now, in the Settings window, on the right side, go to the Advanced startup section and click on Restart now button.


Settings Recovery Advanced Startup Restart Now


Step 3: Now, as the PC restarts, you would need to follow the steps one by one:


  • Click on Troubleshoot

7 Continue Troubleshoot Startup Repair Optimized


  • Click on Advanced options


Troubleshoot Reset This Pc Advanced Options Startup Repair Min


  • Click on Startup Setting

9 Startup Settings Optimized


  • Click on Restart


Startup Settigs Restart



  • Next, press the number key 4 on your keyboard.


Safe Mode


Step 4: Windows will restart in safe mode. Press the Windows key + E to open the File Explorer. Now, click on This PC shortcut on the left. On the right side, click on the C Drive.


Win + E File Explorer This Pc C Drive


Step 5: Next, navigate to the below location from the file explorer.




Step 6: Now, select all the files and folder in the Software Distribution folder and press the Delete button on your keyboard.


Select All The Files And Folders Delete


Now, you can easily install the Windows Update. If the error still shows up, try the 4th method.

Method 5 – Clear Storage

One of the main cause of this error is low disk space issue. So, try to clear space on your PC. Windows+R keys together to launch RUN.

2. Now, to Open the Disk Cleanup tool, copy-paste this command given below in Run and hit Enter.

cleanmgr /lowdisk


Disk Cleanup Run


3. In Disk Cleanup: Drive Selection window, from the option “Drives:“, you have to select the drive where you have installed Windows.

(For us it is ‘C:’)


Drive Selection


3. Now, in the “Files to delete:” option, check all the options in the list.

4 -Click Ok to delete the files.

Clean Up Files Min


5 . After that, click on Clean Up system files button.


Clea System Files Min



6 – Further , select all the files from the list and click OK.


Clean Up System Files 1 Min


7. When you receive a confirmation message,  click on “Delete Files“.

Method 6 – Make sure Time and date is correct

1 – Press Windows key and R key together at once to Launch RUN.

2 – Now, copy and paste the path given below and click OK.


3 -Make sure time and date are correct and make sure the Time sync is turned ON.

Time Date 1 Min

Method 7: Using Command Prompt


Step 1: Click on the Start button on your desktop and type cmd in the search field. Now, right-click on the result and select Run as administrator to open Command Prompt in admin mode.


Start Search Cmd Result Right Click Run As Administrator


Step 2: In the Command Prompt window, run the below commands one by one and keep hitting Enter after each command:


  • SC config wuauserv start= auto
  • SC config bits start= auto
  • SC config cryptsvc start= auto
  • SC config trustedinstaller start= auto


Once done, exit the Command Prompt and restart your PC for the changes to be effective.

Now, the error should be gone and you can continue to install the Windows Update.

3 thoughts on “How To Fix Update Error Code 0x80070057 In Windows 10”

  1. Indeed thankyou Madhurpana, I had tried following instructions many times from other websites but still windows update was stuck at 0%, it was method 3,
    using recovery options, that solved my problem

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