0x80070057 Error in Windows Update [Solved]

Sophie Luo, in Driver ErrorTechnical Tips

If you’re on Windows and you see the error code 0x80070057 showing up and you have no idea how to deal with it, you’re not alone. Many Windows users are reporting this problem as well. But no worries, it’s possible to fix. 

The annoying part about this error code is, you can see it in many places. You should use different approach when you see it in different situations. Here are 3 situations and their fixes accordingly, you should select from them and fix this problem right away. 

1. The parameter is incorrect. (0x80070057)
2. Windows Update error 0x80070057
3. Microsoft Office Error Code 0x80070057

1. The parameter is incorrect. (0x80070057)

Method 1: Change the Decimal Symbol Setting

The problem could occur if the decimal symbol is not set to “.“(dot). This situation is common in languages other than English(United States). 

1) Follow the path Control Panel (View by Category)> Clock, Language, and Region.   

2) Click Region and Language



3) Click Formats, then click Additional settings



4) In the Decimal symbol field, type . (dot) and then click OK two times.



5) Restart your computer after the change. 

Method 2: Add a Registry Key Value


Note: Faulty changes in registry value could cause some unrecoverable error which will do damage to your computer, so in case of any further error, please back-up your registry first and restore it should anything go wrong. 

1) Click the Start button and type regedit in the search box and press Enter



2) Follow the path 
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\SystemCertificates. 

3) On the right side of the pane, right-click the blank space and choose DWORD Value when the New option occurs. 


4) Change the name to CopyFileBufferedSynchronousIo.

5) Double-click to change the Value data to 1 and press OK to save. 



6) Exit Registry and restart your computer after the change. 

2. Windows Update error 0x80070057


If you run into this error in Windows Update, all you need to do is to rename the SoftwareDistribution folder: 

1) Press Windows key and R at them same time to open Run box. Type %systemroot% in the search box and hit Enter

2) Right-click SoftwareDistribution and Rename it SoftwareDistribution.old

3) You might need to provide administrator permission to continue this step. Just click Continue to go on.

4) Type services in the search box and click Services

Make sure the status of Windows Update here is Started



5) Restart your computer after the change. 

3. Microsoft Office Error Code 0x80070057

This error is also commonly seen when you are tying to install Microsoft Office or in the middle of using it. To solve this problem, you can temporarily disable firewall and disable antivirus software. 

To turn off firewall in Windows, you could follow the steps below. 

1) Follow the path Control Panel > System and Security > Windows Firewall > Turn Windows Firewall on or off



2) You could choose the option Turn off Windows Firewall (not recommended) temporarily until the error got fixed. 



3) Repair the Office Click-to-run application. Right-click Start button and find Uninstall a program under Programs, and click it.

Scroll mouse to look for Microsoft Office 365 and click Change. You need to restart computer and try the installation again. 

PRO TIP
If, after trying the above, the problem still remains, it’s time to update your device drivers. 

You can try its Free version of Driver Easy, and update your drivers one by one. Or you can update all your missing and outdated drivers automatically with just one-click with Driver Easy Pro version. No worry to try it as it comes with a no-questions-asked 30-day money-back guarantee and professional tech support 24/7. 

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  • arif

    thank you so much.

  • Thomas

    My computer crashed, and was unrecoverable with either the Repair Disk that i had created, or the System Image that i had on a separate usb hard drive. Thus, i tried to re-install Windows 7 Professional, which i have on a flash drive, and when it showed the install window, clicked on install, when it arrived at the window to choose on which partition to install the system, i chose the one with space, then, when trying to install, it bounced me off with a message that the partition was unable to be formatted, and gave me the 0x80070057 error code. Anyway suggestions?

  • Larry

    I tried the fix for windows update, when I try to change the name of the file it says ” file in use “

    • Sophie Luo

      Hi, Larry.

      Please restart your computer, and then do repeat the steps again.

  • K. Eddeeb

    Hi
    I have the message error type 2 (windows update error 0x80070057), I have followed the steps of renaming the SoftwareDistribution folder, after restarting my computer I started the windows update, but after about an hour still checking for updates on the window, your advice will be appreciated.

  • Jason G

    Good stuff. Finally found a site with helpful info!