Windows 10: Activation Error : 0x80004005

Discus and support Activation Error : 0x80004005 in Windows 10 Updates and Activation to solve the problem; My windows got an update on 16/17th July after which it asked me to activate my windows. I tried troubleshooting - it doesn't work. I looked for advice... Discussion in 'Windows 10 Updates and Activation' started by MayankMani, Jul 18, 2019.

  1. Activation Error : 0x80004005

    My windows got an update on 16/17th July after which it asked me to activate my windows. I tried troubleshooting - it doesn't work. I looked for advice on the Microsoft Forums:

    Method 1:

    Try to run the Windows update troubleshooter and see if it fix the issue:

    * Press Windows Key then type ‘troubleshoot’ and hit Enter

    * Select “View all” on the left panel and run “Windows update” troubleshooter from the list

    * Click Advanced, ensure to check Apply repairs automatically and also select Run as administrator

    * Click Next and follow the on-screen instructions to complete the troubleshooting.

    Once done, check if it allows you install Windows Updates without any errors.

    Method 2:

    Step :1

    a. Press Windows Key + X.
    b. Click on ‘Command Prompt (Admin)

    Note: Click ‘Yes’ if it prompts for UAC(User Account Control).
    c. Type following commands into the command prompt one after the other

    net stop wuauserv

    net stop bits

    net stop cryptsvc

    Keep Command Prompt window opened.

    Step :2

    Rename Windows Update folders

    At the command prompt, type the following commands, and then press Enter after each command:

    ren %systemroot%\System32\Catroot2 Catroot2.old
    ren %systemroot%\SoftwareDistribution SoftwareDistribution.old

    Then type the following, commands and then press ENTER after each command:

    net start wuauserv

    net start bits

    net start cryptsvc

    The catroot and SoftwareDistribution commands give an error with the message," Either a duplicate file is present or it could not be found."

    I tried calling the helpline and it disconnects as soon as I ask to speak with a customer care representative.

    MayankMani, Jul 18, 2019
  2. D007 Win User

    Error 0x80004005

    How To Fix 0x80004005 Error?
    Look to the right of the screen and follow the steps to fix the problem. Hope this helps.
  3. Error 0x80004005

    I have looked over many other posts about this, all with the same error code, but with a different problem.

    I have a computer thats a few years old, it has an ABIT kn8-sli motherboard, and its running off windows XP.

    I was having problem with the hard drive before I gave up on it awhile back, and now I have come back and resolved that problem, but now when I get to the login screen and type in the password it says its in need of an update, then when it asks me if I want to update I click Yes, and then it says it won't work due to error 0x80004005.

    The only operating system I have currently is windows 7. Do I need to go buy a new OS or is this recoverable?
    susieqracing152, Jul 18, 2019
  4. Xylee Del Win User

    Activation Error : 0x80004005

    error 0x80004005


    Thank you for reaching out to us. Error 0x80004005 may have encountered due to an update issue on your Windows 10 that prevents the computer to format your SD card. For us to help you with this, kindly answer the following questions:

    • Have you made any recent changes to your computer prior to this issue?
    • What is the current build and version of your Windows 10? To check type in winver on the search bar and press Enter.
    • What troubleshooting steps have you done so far?

    Meanwhile, we suggest that you run the
    Windows Update Troubleshooter
    to correct any possible conflict that caused this issue.

    We'll be waiting for your reply.
    Xylee Del, Jul 18, 2019

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