Thursday, 10 March 2022

Windows Update error code 0x80096004 [Solved]

 Today, at, we will be covering error code 0x80096004. Windows users, especially those running Windows 10 on their device, are getting this Error 0x80096004 while updating their copy.

The error Basically prevents you from installing the latest updates on your system. The error message which is displayed is as follows.

There were some problems installing updates, but we'll try again later. If you keep seeing this and want to search the web or contact support for information, this may help: (0x80096004)

As you can read, the message doesn't reveal a lot of information which you can use to fix this problem. So, we will look at some of the solutions to the error you can perform on your own.

How to fix Windows Update error 0x80096004?

So, How exactly you can fix this error without any professional help? You can follow some of the simple steps we will list on this page. While there is no guarantee on which method will work for you. So we recommend you try each solution to error 0x80096004 one by one.

Before moving ahead, Let's make sure of a few things:

  • You have a stable Internet connection
  • You are not connected to a Virtual private Network, aka VPN.
  • The date and time on your system are correct.
  • Third-Party Antivirus software does not conflict.

Solution 1: Use Windows Update Troubleshooter to solve 0x80096004.

Since this error is regarding Windows Update, we will use the troubleshooter first, which Microsoft provides.

Windows Update Troubleshooter is an inbuilt tool that users can use to fix minor problems while downloading and installing the latest updates.

Windows Update Troubleshooter

Follow the below steps to know how to run Windows Update Troubleshooter.

  1. Click on Start and go to Settings. Or Press Windows + I keys in combination to Open Settings.
  2. Now, find Update and security and open it.
  3. From the left side of the box, click on Troubleshoot.
  4. Now, click on Additional Troubleshooter.
  5. Select Windows update to reveal the option to Run the Troubleshooter.
  6. Now, Wait for the troubleshooter to diagnose your system for any issues.
  7. Click on Apply this Fix if the tool finds a fix for your system.

That it !!! You have successfully Run the Windows Update troubleshooter now. So you may go to Windows update and see if this has solved the 0x80096004 error for you. 

Try solution no. 2 for further help.

Solution 2: Disable Unwanted Services to fix Error 0x80096004

Disabling All other services running on your system have helped a few users fix this issue of 0x80096004 while updating.

So, We will be disabling these services other than Microsoft services which we will continue to run.

Here is a simple step-by-step guide that you need to follow.

Disable Extra Services

  • Search for System Configuration in the search bar on Windows 10.
  • Select System Configuration from the result shown to open it.
  • A new window will open; click on Services.
  • Check the box that says Hide all Microsoft Services.
  • Then, click on Disable all.

Now Click on Apply and Restart your System. Once that is done, Check If this solution has worked for you. If it has, you might not see any error code 0x80096004 this time while updating your windows PC.

Solution 3: Reset Windows Update components.

If the above solution did not help, you might have to Reset Windows update components now. This will ensure there is no problem connecting to Microsoft's server. 

Specific Files and Components on your system may not work correctly and prevent you from connecting to the Microsoft site to download updates. We will fix this problem by Resetting Windows Update Components.

You will need to Execute some Commands one by one. These commands will stop windows components, Rename 2 folders that windows stores the data, and restart update components.

So, let's get started by Opening Command Prompt as Admin or Powershell as admin.

Right-click on the Start button and open the Command prompt or Windows Powershell.

Now type or copy-paste these commands one by one and press enter after each.

net stop wuauserv

net stop cryptSvc

net stop bits

net stop msiserver

Ren C:\Windows\SoftwareDistribution SoftwareDistribution.old

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

net start wuauserv

net start cryptSvc

net start bits

net start msiserver

Once you have successfully Executed all the commands, you can now restart your PC and see if Resetting windows components have fixed the 0x80096004 error for you or not.

These were some of the solutions that you can try on your own. Lets us know which one worked for you in the comments below.

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