[Fixed] Windows Error 0x8000ffff

By Lillian Lai  Common Errors  errorWindows   2 Comments

When you see the error code 0x8000FFFF in your Windows (sometimes it happens after Windows Update), don’t panic. You can easily fix 0x8000ffff by following the solutions in this article.

How to fix the Windows error code 0x8000ffff?

Here are the solutions that have helped people resolve the error. You don’t need to try them all; just work your way down until your error is removed.

  1. Configure the correct settings in Windows
  2. Clear the cache for your Windows
  3. Update drivers in your computer
  4. Run SFC check in your Windows
  5. Do a Virus scan for your system
Note: The screenshots shown below are from Windows 10, but the fixes apply to Windows 8 & 7.

Why does 0x8000ffff occur to my computer?

You generally see the error 0x8000ffff when running Windows Store or Windows Update to install or update applications and programs. This catastrophic failure 0x8000ffff appears by various causes, including:

  • The incorrect time and account settings
  • The corrupted system files
  • The outdated or incorrect drivers
  • The malware problem

But don’t worry, you can learn how to fix 0x8000ffff very easily in this article.

Method 1: Configure the correct settings in Windows

The incorrect time and account configurations can cause the error 0x8000ffff, so you can check these two settings to fix the error.

1. Check Date and Time settings

If the time is set mistakenly in your computer, it’ll cause the issue connecting to the Windows App servers. So you should make sure that the time and date are correctly set.

1) On your keyboard, press the Windows logo keyand R at the same time to invoke the Run box.

2) Type timedate.cpl and click OK to open the Date and Time settings.

 

3) Make sure that the time, date and time zone are correct, and they displayed the same as it is at the bottom right corner on your desktop.

2. Log in your account as Administrator

You can log out your Windows account and log in as Admin.

1) Click the Start button at the bottom left corner.

2) Right click on your user profile icon, then click Sign out to log out your Windows account.

3) Log in your Windows account as Administrator account.

4) Reboot your PC and see if it works.

Method 2: Clear the cache for your Windows

The Windows Store cache can stop you from installing or updating the programs, so you can reset the cache to fix error 0x8000ffff. Follow these steps:

1) On your keyboard, press the Windows logo keyand R at the same time to invoke the Run box.

2) Type wsreset.exe and click OK.

3) This should clear the Windows Store cache.

4) Try your Windows Store again to see if it works now.

3. Update drivers in your computer

The missing or faulty drivers can stop your Windows from working properly, so you should update your drivers in your computer to make your Windows back to work again.

There are two ways to update your drivers: manually and automatically.

Manually update your drivers – You can update your drivers in Device Manager. Or you can go to the manufacturer’s website of your drivers, then search and install the correct driver for your computer.

Automatically update your drivers – If you are not familiar with playing around with drivers, you can do it automatically with Driver Easy.

Driver Easy will scan your computer and detect all problem drivers. You don’t need to know your Windows OS. You don’t need to risk downloading the wrong drivers. You can update the drivers automatically with the Free or the Pro version of Driver Easy. But with the Pro version it just takes 2 clicks (and you get full support and 30-day money back guarantee).

1) Download and install Driver Easy.

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

3) Click the Update button next to the flagged device name to automatically download and install the correct version of the 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 which comes with full support and a 30-day money back guarantee. You’ll be prompted to upgrade when you click Update All.)

4) Restart your PC and see if the error disappears.

4. Run SFC check in your Windows

If there’s any corrupted system files in your computer, your Windows Update or Windows Store will stop working, so you may receive this error 0x8000ffff in your computer. Running a System File Checker (SFC) tool can automatically repair the corrupted system files. Follow these steps:

1) Type cmd in the search box of the task bar. Right click Command Prompt (If you are using Windows 7, right click cmd) to select Run as administrator. Then click Yes to confirm.

2) Type sfc /scannow in Command Prompt, and press Enter.

3) Wait for a few minutes.It will try to automatically fix the detected issues after scanning. After verification 100% completed, close Command Prompt and try to launch the program that gives the error.

5. Do a Virus scan for your system

The virus infection can also cause the 0x8000ffff error, so you can follow these steps to check whether your PC is infected with malware.

1) Launch your anti-virus program(s) to do a full and thorough scan.

2) This can take a moment. Wait for the scan finish.

3) If there is any virus notification, follow the instructions on screen to fix it. Then restart your PC.

If there is no virus detected, close the running programs and restart your PC.

4) Try again to see if 0x8000ffff disappears..

These are the effective solutions to fix 0x8000ffff. Which solutions helps you out? If you have any question, feel free to comment below and we’ll see what more we can do.

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