Quick Ways to Fix Windows Update Error Code 0x800070005

As useful as Windows Updates can be, they can also be very problematic to install. And people may experience various errors when installing Windows updates. One of the most common ones is the error code 0x800070005, also known as the Access Denied error.

This error often indicates that the system user trying to update Windows doesn’t have the necessary permission to do so, or the update is missing some critical files needed to complete the update. It can also point to issues with the device’s hardware such as a bad sector that can corrupt the system update files.

In this article, we will take a look at this 0x80070005 Windows update error and offer you several solutions to fix it.

Recover Data Lost Due to the Error Code

One of the negative effects of this and many other Windows system errors is data loss. Therefore, we thought we’d share with you an effective solution to recover any data you may have lost before attempting to fix the problem. One of the best ways to recover data lost on your system is to use a third-party tool and here we recommend FoneGeek Data Recovery. It can help you recover deleted or lost files, photos, videos, documents and more from various storage devices like PC, hard drive, SSD, USB drive, SD card, etc.


Follow these simple steps to recover lost data on your PC:

Step 1: Download and install FoneGeek Data Recovery on to your computer. Run the program and then select the location of your computer with the missing data. Click “Start” to continue.

select location

Step 2: Once the location is selected, the program will immediately begin scanning it for the missing data. You can stop or pause the process at any time if you see the missing data.

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Step 3: When the scan is complete, the program will display all the missing files on that location. Click on a file to preview it and when you’re ready, select the file and click “Recover”. Save the recovered files in a different location on your computer.

recover deleted files

With your data safely recovered, here’s what you can do to fix the Windows update error code 0x800070005:

1. Ensure You Have Enough Disk Space

To update Windows, your system needs adequate storage space. When the storage space is insufficient, you update may fail or you may see this error code 0x800070005. It is therefore very important to check your system’s storage to make sure you have enough for the update.

Typically, Windows Update requires about 7GB space. If you find that you don’t have enough space, you can use an external device to update Windows or move your documents, music, videos and other files to a different storage device until the update installed.

2. Run Windows Updates Troubleshooter

If you have enough storage space but you are still encountering problems with the update, we recommend running the Windows Updates Troubleshooter to fix the error 0x80070005. Follow these simple steps to do it:

For Windows 7 & 8:

  1. Open the Control Panel and click on System Security > Troubleshooting.

  2. Select “Fix problems with Windows Update” and click on “Advanced”.

  3. Choose “Apply Repair Automatically” and click on “Run as Administrator”, then click “Next”.

For Windows 10:

  1. Open Settings on your PC. You can press the Windows + X keys to do that.

  2. Click on “Update & Security” and then select “Troubleshoot” from the panel on the left.

  3. Click on “Windows Update” and then “Run the Troubleshooter”.

  4. You may need to grant admin permission to allow the troubleshooter to apply the recommended fixes.

windows troubleshooting completed

3. Use System File Checker

The SFC (System File Checker) can help you repair any damaged/corrupt files that may be affecting the Windows Update process. Here’s how to run an SFC scan on your PC:

  1. Open Command Prompt on your computer (you can use the search function) and run it as administrator.

  2. In the Command Prompt window, type “sfc /scannow” and hit “Enter”.

  3. Wait while the SFC scan runs and repairs any corrupt or damaged files.

sfc command

4. Scan for Viruses and Malware

Malware and viruses can also interfere with the Windows Update process and cause the error code 0x80070005. Therefore, you can run a virus scan using the Windows Defender app on your computer. You can also use third-party anti-virus software to scan the system and identify any viruses that may be affecting it.

When the malware scan is complete, restart the computer and then download and install the Windows Updates.

5. Update Windows Manually

If the automatic update process still fails even after running a virus scan, then you should try updating Windows manually. Here’s how to do that:

  1. Go to Settings > Update & Security > Windows Update and click on “View Update History”. Copy the Windows Update version code.

  2. Now go to the Window Updates Catalogue and paste in the version code in the search bar. Hit “Enter” to find the version of Windows you want to install.

  3. Click on “Download” and then click on the link to install the update on your PC.

  4. When the process is complete, restart your computer.

windows update catelog

6. Reset Windows Installation

If a manual install still doesn’t work, then your final option is to reset the computer. Please note that resetting your PC often means that all files on the computer will be deleted. It may therefore be a good idea to backup your important files on before attempting to reset the PC. Follow these steps to do it:

  1. Open the Settings on your PC and then click “Update & Security”.

  2. Click on “Reset this PC” and then “Get Started” to begin the process, Follow the on-screen instructions to reset the PC.

Resetting the PC works because it not only remove all the files and data that could be causing the problem, Windows will also update the PC to the latest version at the same time. This process can therefore take quite a while depending on the number of files on your system, so be patient and avoid interrupting the process.

John C. Richards
Friday on Aug 28, 2020, 16:15:17 GMT / Post By John C. Richards to Windows Tips

John has more than 11 years of blogging experiences in the field of computers. He is committed to providing helpful tips and solutions related to Windows and Mac computers.

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