Windows Update Error code 0x80080008 [100% Solved]

The error code 0x8008008 affects your system when installing an update. However, you might need a way to remedy the problem. There are a few solutions like uninstalling your anti-virus and all. In this post, I would lead you through the process of troubleshooting this error. When you see the error code 0x80080008, you will notice that your update process has gotten stuck. Some of your files would also have not successfully downloaded and installed.  The error can be caused by several problems. You’ll find out the causes and solutions in the succeeding sections.

What Causes Error 0x80080008?

When the download of your windows 10 Version 1903 is completed, Windows asks to restart the system. This is done for you to install the update. After the system’s restart, the previous update may not have installed. So, after your Update history you would receive the following error: 

Feature update to Windows 10, version 1903: Failed to install…” (error: 0x80080008)

Once you have verified for the latest updates, Windows is would begin downloading the current Update for Windows 10 version 1903. Still, during your Updates Download operation, is stuck at xx% (For example: at 85% or 99%) with error 0x80d02002. Now you know the causes, let’s head on to the ways you can fix the problem

What ways can you fix Feature Update to Windows 10, Version 1903 – Error 0x80080008?

At this point, update errors are now a common thing for Windows users. In previous versions of the system, people can use different methods to disable the updates. However, with Windows 10, there isn’t much you can do to halt the process. Here are a few solutions that I would suggest. Check them out.

Solution 1- Disable your Anti-Virus

A few users reported that the update error 0x80080008 can appear due to problems with third-party anti-virus programs. If you have one installed, try disabling it and verify if your update will push through. 

However, if that doesn’t work for you, I’d suggest that you remove your anti-virus entirely. If this solution gets rid of your error, then it is high time you switched to a different security tool.

Solution 2- Perform your SFC and DISM Scans

If the error 0x80080008 keeps returning, there must be something wrong with your installation. There may be damaged or corrupted system files on your computer. Good news, you can easily fix this by performing an SFC scan.

 You can do this by following these steps:

Step 1: Head on to your keyboard, there you should press your Windows Key and S.
Step 2: Here you should Fill in “command prompt”.
Step 3: Now, you can Right-click Command Prompt from the results, and select Run as Administrator.
Step 4: Once your Command Prompt is up, type “sfc/scannow”, then select Enter.

The tool should locate and repair your corrupted files. The process may take you a few minutes. So, you must avoid interrupting the process. However, if the SFC scan does not get rid of the error, you could try running a DISM scan. 

You can do your DISM scan following these steps:

Step 1: Load up your Command Prompt as an administrator.
Step 2: Next, run the following command:

“DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth”

Step 3: If your DISM scan can’t get the files online, you could use your installation media. Insert your USB flash drive or DVD, before running the following command:

“DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-Image /RestoreHealth /Source:C:\RepairSourceWindows /LimitAccess”

Step 4: Remember you have to replace the ‘C:\RepairSourceWindows’ with your USB flash drive’s or DVD’s path.
Step 5: Once you have completed the scan, check if the error persists.

If you’re going to use your installation flash drive or DVD in running the DISM scan, I’d suggest that you update your drivers first. In this way, you should be able to resolve the issue and install your Windows updates without any issues. 

Solution 3: Restart the components of your Windows update

It is also possible that certain components of Windows update are causing the error 0x80080008 to appear. Simply restart them by following the instructions below:

Step 1: You should right-click the Windows logo on your taskbar.
Step 2: Select your Command Prompt in admin mode then run the following commands:

net stop wuauserv

net stop cryptic

net stop bits

net stop msiserver

ren C:\Windows\SoftwareDistribution SoftwareDistribution.old

ren C:\Windows\System32\catroot2 Catroot2.old

net start wuauserv

net start cryptic

net start bits

net start msiserver”

Solution 2- Manually downloading your updates

If the error 0x80080008 is blocking your update process, you can manually download and install the components.

Follow these steps to get it done:

Step 1: First, you need to do is acquire the KB number of the update you need to download. You can go to your Windows Update section in your system or visit the Windows Update History website.
Step 2: Once you’ve taken note of your KB number of the update. Visit the Microsoft Update Catalog website. Type in your KB number of the update in your search field.
Step 3: You should see a list of downloadable updates for your system. Check for the ones that match your system’s architecture.
Step 4: Tap on the Download button.

However, after following the steps above, your system should have been updated. That should resolve your problem. You should notice that this is just a workaround and it does not fix the core issue. So, if a new update becomes available, you should expect the error 0x80080008 to occur.

Solution 5- Restart your BITS services

Your Windows updates are successfully installed with the aid of several services, including your Background Intelligent Transfer Service (BITS). In some cases, this service could crash and prevent you from completing your update process. Well, you’d have to restart the service. 

Just follow the steps below to begin the process:

Step 1: Turn On your keyboard, select your Windows Key + R. That should launch your Run dialog box.
Step 2: Fill in “services.msc” without quotes and then hit Enter.
Step 3: Swipe down until you find your Background Intelligent Transfer Service (BITS). Double-click on it.
Step 4: If you realize that your service is set to ‘Stopped’, select the Start button.
Step 5: Navigate to your “Recovery tab” and ensure that your First Failure and Second Failure are set to reload the Service.
Step 6: Tap on Apply and click on OK.

Solution 6- Use your Safe Boot mode

Some background processes can slow down or even interfere with your update. You could try this to tweak your services and ensure that nothing will interfere with your update. 

For this to be done, follow these instructions:

Step 1: Click on the Windows Key + R on your keyboard.
Step 2: Fill in the command “MSConfig”, then select enter.
Step 3: Select your Services tab, then click on the Hide all Microsoft Services option.
Step 4: Select the option to Disable All, then choose Apply.
Step 5: Select your Startup tab, then click on the option to Open Task Manager.
Step 6: Disable your Startup programs one after the other.
Step 7: Reboot your computer and try installing your updates again.

Solution 7- Perform an in-place upgrade

Other users have claimed that they had been able to get rid of the error 0x80080008 by performing an in-place upgrade. This method gives you access to install the latest version of your operating system.  You can do this without touching your files and applications. 

Check out the following steps:

Step 1: Head on to your Microsoft’s website and download the Media Creation Tool.
Step 2: Select the option that reads, ‘Upgrade this PC Now”, then clicks on Next. The setup will now prepare all your necessary program files.
Step 3: Click on the option that reads ‘Download and install updates (recommended)’, then selects next.
Step 4: Follow your on-screen instructions until you reach the screen that reads, ‘Ready to install.’ Select the option ‘Change what to keep’.
Step 5: Ensure you don’t forget to choose ‘Keep personal files and apps’, before clicking Next.

If you have followed the steps, you should have updated your Windows system to the latest version. The whole process should permanently get rid of your error 0x80080008.



The error code 0x8008008 sets in when you are trying to install an update on your Windows 10 system. It reads the “Feature update to Windows 10, version 1903: Failed to install…”  message to keep you informed of the cause. There are several available solutions for this.

However, in this article, you have access to a properly laid out step by step guide on how to get rid of this issue. If they don’t work then contact the windows 10 support center.