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.
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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.
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.
Step 3: In the Windows Update Properties window, go to Startup Type section, set the field to Automatic. Click on Apply and then 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Step 2: Now, in the Settings window, on the right side, go to the Advanced startup section and click on Restart now button.
Step 3: Now, as the PC restarts, you would need to follow the steps one by one:
- Click on Troubleshoot
- Click on Advanced options
- Click on Startup Settings
- Click on Restart
- Next, press the number key 4 on your keyboard.
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.
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.
Now, you can easily install the Windows Update. If the error still shows up, try the 4th method.
Method 4: 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.
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.
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