0x800705b4 Error in Windows Update in Windows 10 [Solved]

By Camilla Mo in Common Errors Tags: Windows 10

If you can’t install Windows Update successfully in Windows 10 due to error 0x800705b4, don’t worry, as the error can be fixed easily. Try methods mentioned below then the error should resolve.

Method 1: Run Windows Update Troubleshooter

Microsoft provides Windows Update troubleshooter which will detect the problem and fix it. Try using this method to fix the 0x800705b4 error and it may work for you.

1. Type troubleshoot in Cortana at the bottom left corner of desktop.

2. Click Troubleshooting on the pop-up menu.

3. Click View all in the left pane.

4. Click Windows Update in the list.

5. Click Advanced.

6. Click Run as administrator.

7. Click Next button. Then the troubleshoot will detect the problems and fix them.

Method 2: Change Windows Updating Settings

This method has been working for many Windows 10 users who encountered the 0x800705b4 error. It may also work for you.

Follow these steps:

1. Type Windows Update in Cortana and click Check for updates on the pop-up menu.

2. Click Advanced options.

3. Clear option Give me updates for other Microsoft products when I update Windows

4. Restart your computer for the changes to take effect.

5. Refer Step 1 to open Windows Update Settings. Click Check for updates.
Note you may need to run it more than once in order to get all updates. After all updates are installed, you will receive message “Your device is up to date.”, then continue to perform further steps.

6. Re-select option Give me updates for other Microsoft products when I update Windows

7. Go back to Check for Updates again. Then the updates should download successfully this time.


Method 3: Perform a Clean Boot then Install the Updates Again

If you are not sure how to perform a clean boot, see How to Perform a Clean Boot in Windows 10.

Method 4: Delete Some Related Files

1. Type services in Cortana and click Services on the pop-up menu.

2. Locate Background Intelligent Transfer Service. Right-click on it and click on Stop on the context menu.

3. Locate Windows Update. Right-click on it and select Stop.

4. Open Windows Explorer and navigate to “C:\Windows\SoftwareDistribution”.

5. Delete all the content in this folder. (Some files may not be deleted, in this case, go back to Step 3 and try again. Just ensure to delete “Download” and “DeliveryOptimation”.)

6. Restart your PC and see if the error persist.

Method 5: Upgrade Windows from Build 1511 to Build 1607

If you have installed Windows 10 build 1511(How to Check Windows 10 Build Number), upgrade it to 1607 or higher version build then try to install the updates again. Then the error should resolve. 


Method 6: Try to Update the Drivers

It’s possible there’re problems with some drivers. The steps above may resolve the problem, but if they don’t, try to update the drivers. If you don’t have the time, patience or computer skills to update the drivers manually, you can do it automatically with Driver Easy.

Driver Easy will automatically recognize your system and find the correct drivers for it. You don’t need to know exactly what system your computer is running, you don’t need to risk downloading and installing the wrong driver, and you don’t need to worry about making a mistake when installing.

You can update your drivers automatically with either the FREE or the Pro version of Driver Easy. But with the Pro version it takes just 2 clicks (and you get full support and a 30-day money back guarantee):

1) Download and install Driver Easy.

2) Run Driver Easy and click Scan Now button. Driver Easy will then scan your computer and detect any problem drivers.

3) Click the Update button next to one driver to automatically download and install the correct version of this driver (you can do this with the FREE version). Or click Update All to automatically download and install the correct version of all the drivers that are missing or out of date on your system (this requires the Pro version – you’ll be prompted to upgrade when you click Update All).

Hope methods here will help you resolve the 0x800705b4 error.

  • Vardan Safarian

    Thank you very much, method 2 solved my issue.

  • Tiger Al

    I tried method 4 and Windows told me that it couldn’t shut down Windows Update. So much for method 4!

  • thisisthelist

    I had this problem with a cumulative update for Windows Server 2016. Step #4 did the trick. Thanks for this post.

  • Jirka

    Method 4 finally helped me – Thanks

  • Marita Spencer-Metivier

    Method 4 worked for my husband. Thanks!

  • Dean Hoover

    1 and 2 didn’t work, I didn’t try 3 because it was a fresh install and no third-party software was installed, 4 worked perfectly. Thanks for posting!

  • peter Weiler

    THANKS SO MUCH ,,, just trying method 2 and it’s working now !!!
    very much appreciated !!!!

  • Alvaro G Neves

    Method 2 worked for me. (Windows 10 1703 build 15063.332). Thanks.

  • sepp

    step2 work thank you

  • Shamus

    Method 4 worked for me. Thanks. I had to boot to Safe Mode to delete DeliveryOptimization folder. I wish the troubleshooter would have figured it out.

  • Cortiz

    Method 2 worked like a charm.

    Very much appreciated me lady!

  • Andy Bartlett

    When the build is 1703, do these steps apply?

    • Camilla Mo

      Hi Andy Bartlett,

      If you have installed built 1703, skip the Method 5 and try other methods.

      You are welcomed to leave your comments again. Thanks.

  • Esperanzaalex

    Step 2 works perfectly.

  • tLM

    Option 2 worked for me. Thanks!

  • fernando

    step 2 worked! thank you!