Windows Error 0x80080008: How To Resolve It

Installing Windows Update is a necessary part that helps you to keep your device running smoothly and securely. But, while installing the Windows Updates, you might get stuck with a critical update error. The error 0x80080008 is one such error that bothers many Windows users.

This error code stands for “CO_E_SERVER_STOPPING – the object server terminated, after being invoked via OLE service”. Such a situation often gets triggered as a result of corrupted Wups2.dll files.

So, let’s proceed with the fixes to resolve the Windows Update error as soon as possible.

Effective Ways to Resolve Error 0x80080008

Here are some effective hacks that will surely help you to get rid of the Windows update error 0x80080008. Therefore, try out these methods and troubleshoot the Windows Update error in no time.

Boot Device in Safe Mode

Boot Device in Safe Mode

On certain occasions, the background applications and their respective procedures slow down the system performance and even restrict the Windows Update process. Therefore, you can attempt to tweak out the services in order to prevent software conflicts.

Step 1: Press the combination of the Windows logo + R key to initiate the Run window. Under the dialog box, enter “msconfig” and hit the OK button. This will invoke the Service tab. Look for the “Hide all Microsoft services” checkbox and place a tick mark to select it.

Step 2: In the next screen, choose the “Disable All” button from the appeared menu and save the new changes by tapping on the “Apply” button as well as the OK button.

Step 3: Navigate to the Startup tab and select “Open Task Manager”. Under this section, disable all the startup applications and services one by one. 

Once the procedure gets completed, reboot your device and save the new changes by tapping the “OK” button.

Review the Security Suite

Often, antivirus application tends to conflict with OS, which might prevent the Windows Update process and results in error 0x80080008. To overcome this situation, we suggest you disable certain antivirus features and verify if it helps.

Instructions to Disable Antivirus Software 

Instructions to Disable Antivirus Software 

  • Open the Start menu and look for the specific security program from the installed application list.
  • Now, right-tap on the security software and hit the “Disable” button from the appeared menu.
  • From the pop-up menu, choose for how long you want to turn off the antivirus.
  • Confirm it by tapping on the “Apply” button as well as the “OK” button.

In case, after disabling the antivirus, the error code 0x80080008 still persists, then try to uninstall the program.

Instructions to Uninstall Antivirus Application

  • Go to the Settings by tapping on the Start menu.
  • Under the Settings window, choose “System”.
  • Afterward, go to the left pane and initiate the “Apps and Features” menu.
  • Now, choose those applications that belong to the third-party sources and right tap on them.
  • Select the “Uninstall” or “Remove” button from the appeared menu and confirm it by tapping on the “OK” button.

After finishing the uninstallation process, verify whether the Windows Update error is resolved or not.

Utilize the Built-in Utility

Utilize the Built-in Utility

Improper installation can create various issues including Windows error 0x80080008. Hence, if your Windows installation gets corrupted or damaged, then the occurrence of such error is quite a common event. To resolve this matter, try to utilize the System File Checker, which is a built-in tool in Windows. 

  • Open the Run dialog window and write “cmd” inside the box. Afterward, hit the Enter key to execute the command. 
  • From the result, right-tap on the Command Prompt and hit the “Run as administrator” button from the context menu. 
  • Once the Command Prompt initiates with the Administrator’s privileges, write “sfc/scannow” and hit the OK button. 
  • Then System File Checker will scan your entire device and look for the internal bugs and glitches including the corrupted system files.
  •  After detecting, it will automatically repair the internal errors and hopefully, the Windows Update issue should be resolved.

On the other hand, you can also use the DISM tool, which is another built-in utility designed to resolve the Windows Update and other related errors. To execute this built-in utility, follow the underlying dedicated steps.

First, invoke the Command Prompt in Admin mode. Thereafter, write “DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth” and hit the Enter key.

Further, if the DISM fails to obtain the files online, then use your installation DVD or USB drive. Next, place the media in its exact location and enter the following command: 

“DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-Image /RestoreHealth /Source:C:RepairSourceWindows /LimitAccess” 

Make sure you rename the “C:RepairSourceWindows” path of your USB or DVD.

Reload Background Intelligent Transfer Service (BITS) Services

Reload Background Intelligent Transfer Service (BITS) Services

BITS is a critical service for Windows. But sometimes, it crashes and stops working all of a sudden. On such occasions, you might need to reload the BITS service and verify if there is any progress in the Update Protocol.

  • Firstly, open the Run dialog box and enter “services.msc” into it, then hit the Enter key. Once the Services window opens, search for the “Background Intelligent Transfer Service (BITS)” from the available menu. 
  • Once you find it, proceed to double-tap on it in order to launch its properties. If the service is not running, then hit the “Start” button and navigate to the Recovery tab. 
  • Set the “First failure & Second failure” to “Restart” and confirm the action by hitting the OK button. 

This will reload the BITS service and also helps to overcome the Windows Update error.

Restart Windows Update Components

Restart Windows Update Components

Windows Update Error can also occur if any of its components get corrupted or damaged. To rectify this, try to restart the Windows Update service.

For this purpose, open the Command Prompt window with Administrator’s rights and enter the following commands.

  • net stop wuauserv/net stop cryptSvc
  • net stop bits/net stop msiserver

These commands will stop certain components in the Windows Update service. After that, you need to rename the Software Distribution folder as SoftwareDistribution.old. Also, rename the Catroot folder as Catroot2.old.

Now, it’s time to restart the Windows Update service again. For this purpose, you have to execute the following commands in the same sequence as instructed.

  • net start wuauserv/net start cryptSvc
  • net start bits/net start msiserver

After executing these commands, the issue might be resolved and you can install the Windows Update again without error code 0x80080008.

Maria Colombo
Maria Colombo
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