Microsoft Update Error Code 0x80080008 while installing Windows Updates

If there is some corruption in Windows Update files, you may receive a 0x80080008 error message when you try to install Windows Updates using Microsoft Update, in Windows 10, Windows 8, Windows 7 or Windows Vista. We have already seen how to fix the 0×80080008 error message which you may receive while updating Windows Apps In Windows 8. In this post, we will see how you can fix the Microsoft Update Error 0x80080008.

Microsoft Update Error Code 0x80080008

If when you try to install updates by using Windows Update or Microsoft Update, you may receive the error code 0x80080008. This issue normally occurs because the Wups2.dll file that is included in the latest version of Windows Update is installed incorrectly or has become unregistered.

To fix this issue, you may need to make sure that you have the latest version of Windows Update Agent  installed on your computer. You can get from KB949104 for your version of the operating system. Download and install the Windows Update Agent. To resolve Microsoft Windows Update issues, run the Windows Update Troubleshooter first for a systematic check and fix. Installing it can resolve the issue.

If it does not help, you may try to re-register the concerned DLL file. To do so, open an elevated command prompt and type the following commands one after the other and hit Enter.

Type the following to stop the Windows Update service:

net stop wuauserv

Type the following to re-register the concerned DLL file

regsvr32 %windir%\system32\wups2.dll


Finally, restart the Windows Update service.

net start wuauserv

Hope this helps resolve your issue.

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Anand Khanse is the Admin of, a 10-year Microsoft MVP Awardee in Windows (2006-16) & a Windows Insider MVP. Please read the entire post & the comments first, create a System Restore Point before making any changes to your system & be careful about any 3rd-party offers while installing freeware.


  1. Anonymous

    Thanks, this fixed my issue.

  2. Gabrielsen

    Thanks a lot. It does not seem like the fix is permanent. Is there any way to make it perm?

  3. Do you find the problem repeating, every once in a while?

  4. Gabrielsen

    I’m updating a customers computer at work. It ran out of battery yesterday and she didn’t bring the charger so I continued to work on it today. Got the error code and had to use the fix once again.

  5. Anonious

    thanks excellent solution

  6. saket

    i am not being able to install zune software on my windows 7. please help

  7. vasudevG

    Can you please clarify these queries- How are you installing it? Is it a complete package? or web installer? What error are you getting? Was it installed earlier?

  8. Abhi

    sir kindly help me …as the process of re-register is not working …
    and error say that the filename or directory was not found

  9. I hope you have opened CMD as an administrator.

  10. Brian

    thank you, this did the trick!

  11. guy

    Worked. Thanks!

  12. sharif sircar

    Is this safe?

  13. Abdulla

    Work ! omg ur big dev thank thak thank

    very save it’s not an virus it;s just re-active and re-work

  14. Thanks

    OMG finally someone knows wtf their talking about!!!!

  15. DVSDVASVsdv

    windows 8.1 SUCKS, windows XP/7 x64 is the ONLY way to go. screw tablet shit!!!!

  16. Roy Davis

    Awesome. So glad I stumbled upon this. Hoping against hope that Windows 10 will save my aging PC

  17. Nn

    Thnx, fixed it

  18. Udhaiya Prasanth

    Whenever I enter “net stop wuauserv” in my cmd (run as administrator), it says, “The service is starting or stopping. Please try again later.” Though the second step of re-registering works fine, the problem is not fixed. When I tried the Windows update troubleshooter, it said “service registration is missing or corrupt”. How do I get this fixed? Could someone please advice me on this?

  19. Run system file checker sfc /scannow.

  20. Udhaiya Prasanth

    Thank you so much. I am so glad I hit this page. The updates are working fine now 🙂 However, the troubleshooter still says “service registration missing or corrupt”. What could be done to fix that?

  21. markus

    finally this helped , I almost gave up

  22. ItsMe

    Do we need to restart after doing this? Thank you.

  23. gautam chopra

    thx,it fixed the problem.

  24. Sjiveurniii

    Thank you (:

  25. Daniel

    OMG I finally got somewhere with my windows 8.1 updates thanks to re-register the concerned DLL file. I stopped addblock for this site well worth the adds!

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