Error Code 8000FFF usually pops up when Windows is trying to install an update. Here are the few methods that will help you fix this error and install Windows update.

Windows Update Error 8000FFF

Windows 7 update KB321264 is usually the one that causes this error while installing. This can be caused by a glitch or corrupt file system. The following are the fixes for Windows Update Installation Error 8000FFF.

Fix #1

Since Microsoft has addressed the glitch, this Error 8000FFF can simply be resolved by using Windows Update Troubleshooter. Here is how you can fix the error using the Update Troubleshooter.

Click on the Start menu and type “Control Panel” and open it. In the top-right search bar type “Troubleshoot” and from the results select “Troubleshooting” > click on System and Security > under the Windows category click on “Windows Update”. Click on the advanced button > check “Apply repairs automatically” and press next. Wait for the scan to complete and then select “Apply this fix”. Once the process is complete, restart your PC and install the update.

Fix #2

Another fix for the Windows Update Error 8000FFF is resetting the WU Component, which stands for Windows Update Component. A glitch can corrupt the WU component and prevent Windows from installing updates.

Click on the Start menu and type “CMD” and run it as administrator. Type the following commands and press enter after each command. These commands will stop the services that we need to stop to fix the Windows Update Error 8000FFF.

net stop wuauserv
net stop cryptSvc
net stop bits
net stop msiserver

Now type the following commands and press enter after typing each command.

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

Now type the commands listed below to restart the services we stopped.

net start wuauserv
net start cryptSvc
net start bits
net start msiserver

Now try to install the update to see if the error has been fixed.

Fix #3

As I mentioned earlier, installing Windows 7 update KB321264 is usually the one that causes the Error Code 8000FFF. So if the above fixes didn’t work then it’s time to manually install the update.

Follow this link and type “KB321264” and from the results download the update which belongs to your version of Windows. Once the download is complete, go to the folder where you downloaded the update and right-click on it and select install. Follow the on-screen installation instructions and restart your PC after the installation is complete. Now you have successfully installed the update with the Error 8000FFF bothering you.

Fix #4

If all of the above fixe doesn’t work for you then you can try fixing the Windows Update Error Code 8000FFF by running SFC and DISM scans. Chances are, Windows system files have been corrupted that is affecting the update process.

You can run a couple of Windows utilities, DISM (Deployment Image Servicing and Management) and SFC (System File Checker), which will help fix the Update Error 8000FFF.

DISM downloads fresh Windows files to replace the corrupted ones while the SFC uses a local cache archive to replace corrupted files.

Here is how to fix Error Code 8000FFF using DISM and SFC. Click on the Start menu, type “CMD” and run it as an administrator. Type the following commands and press enter after each command.

Dism.exe /online /cleanup-image /restorehealth
Dism.exe /online /cleanup-image /scanhealth

Once the process is done, restart your system. Now again open CMD, type the “sfc /scannow” command and press enter. Once the scan is complete, restart your system and the error will not pop up when you update your Windows.

That is all for the fixes for Windows Update Error 8000FFF. If you are facing other issues with your system then check out our hub for commonly occurring PC errors and issues.

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