How to Fix Windows 10 Unspecified Error 0x80004005

Windows Update Error Code 0x80004005 Error

Microsoft’s Windows platform is riddled with errors but mostly you know how to fix. However, things get a little complicated with it comes to Windows 10 unspecified error code 0x80004005. The error pops up for many different reasons but usually, the solution is the same for 0x80004005, especially when it relates to Windows Update. Other times the error code may be in relation to moving or renaming files and folders or, compressed files and folders. Thankfully, there is a fix for 0x80004005 for Windows 10.

Table of Content

  • How 0x80004005 Appears
  • Why 0x80004005 Error Code Happens
  • Error Code 0x80004005 Fix

How 0x80004005 Appears

There are multiple places where this error code can show up. You may see it on its own or as part of a longer error message on Windows 10 and Windows 7. You can say it is one of the longest-running issues with Windows that comes up in some shape or form with every Windows. Error Code 0x80004005.

Why 0x80004005 Error Code Happens

Error Code 0x80004005 is an unspecified Windows 10 and Windows 7 issue that normally happens when the user is trying to update windows or access shared folders and drives. It can also happen when the user is using a specific folder. Below are some of the most common reasons that may cause 0x80004005.

  1. Something goes wrong with Windows Update
  2. Issues with Windows Notifications
  3. Issues accessing shared files and folders
  4. Problems accessing or extracting compressed files and folders

Error Code 0x80004005 Fix

Since there are multiple things that may cause it, there are also multiple fixes for 0x80004005 error code. Using your Windows PC you will notice how you get this error when often when accessing certain apps such as Microsoft OneDrive or Microsoft Outlook. If you are aware of when it happens we can narrow down the fix for the problem. We will be listing various 0x80004005 fixes, try one or more until your issue is resolved.

Fix #1: The very first thing you should try is opening the Windows Update troubleshooter. It is possible that the error is being caused by an Automatic Windows Update failure, check when was the last update performed in your PC and see its progress and success. May the files are corrupted if so, there is an easy fix for 0x80004005. Run the Windows Update Troubleshoot process. Go to Troubleshoot settings > Troubleshoot > Windows Update (Hit troubleshoot button). Here is the 3 step process of starting the troubleshoot (click the image to enlarge)

Fix #2: The second fix is to delete everything stored inside theĀ  Windows Update Folder. If steps explained above fail to work, open file explorer and go to C:\Windows\SoftwareDistribution\Download and delete everything inside.

Fix #3: Sometimes the most annoying issues have the simplest of solutions, the same may end up being true for error code 0x80004005 of Windows 10. If the code is appearing due to Windows Update issues then restarting the update may help. Finish downloading the updates and install them to see if that works. Do this fix after you have already tried running the troubleshooter and have deleted the files.

Fix #4: Error code 0x80004005 is often caused by Microsoft Outlook. The email app is sometimes the origin of this issue which is annoying, to say the least. The fix is to turn off the email notification system of Microsoft Outlook as it may be causing this error code. You can turn off notifications by opening the Outlook app, go to setting from the bottom left corner, select the notifications section, and turn off the feature.

Fix #5: Delete corrupted temp files as often this is the main issue. Temporary files can cause error code 0x80004005 in Windows 10. The process can easily be done via the Windows Disk cleanup tool. Just search for “Disk Cleaner” in the Taskbar search area and the app will pop up.

Fix #6: Microsoft Outlook is not alone the cause of this problem as it can often join forces with the anti-virus software. If turning off your notifications feature in Microsoft Outlook doesn’t work, it is time to turn off your anti-virus. Some anti-virus software can detect a false positive in relation to the Microsoft Outlook app.

Fix #7: If the error comes up with your are trying to unzip a folder and extract its content, then the issue might be the unzip program itself. We suggest sticking to WinRar or BreeZip. The later is available from Windows Store itself. There are also other programs you can try.

Fix #8: Another error code 0x80004005 fix is to re-register jdscript.dll and vbscript.dll. If the problem isn’t fixed even after trying multiple unzip folders, it might be time to re-register jdscript.dll and vbscript.dll. Open the command prompt by pressing Window Key + R and trying “cmd” in the search bar. Press enter and when the prompt is open put in the following commands. Put in regsvr32 jscript.dll and press enter, and then put it regsvr32 vbscript.dll and press enter.

Fix #9: The final fix is a bit complicated and you should have enough technical understanding to do this safely. You need to add a key to the Windows Registry if you are seeing 0x80004005 in connection to copying and moving files. Open the registry editor and go to HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System. If you are using a 32-bit system add a new DWRD value “LocalAccountTokenFilterPolicy.” For 64-bit systems create QWORD value “LocalAccountTokenFilterPolicy.”

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