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How to fix the 0x8000ffff error.

Alton Alexander
By Alton AlexanderUpdated on June 4th, 2022

The 0x8000ffff error code is a general error code that indicates a problem with a Windows system file. This error code can be caused by a variety of issues, including corrupt or missing system files, a corrupt registry, or a hardware failure. In most cases, the 0x8000ffff error can be resolved by performing a clean boot of your system, which will start Windows with a minimal set of drivers and programs. If a clean boot does not resolve the 0x8000ffff error, you may need to repair or reinstall your Windows operating system.

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1. Try restarting your computer and see if the error still appears

  1. If your computer is turned off, turn it on.
  2. If your computer is turned on, wait 10 seconds and then turn it off and on again.
  3. If the error persists, try the steps below. a. Boot your computer from a rescue disk. b. If your computer has a CD or DVD drive, insert the disk. If your computer has a built-in hard drive, insert the disk. c. After the computer starts, press a key to enter the BIOS setup menus. d. Change the boot order so that your computer starts from the CD or DVD drive. e. Change the boot order so that your computer starts from the hard drive. f. Press a key to boot from the CD or DVD drive. g. If you are using a Windows Vista or Windows 7 computer, open the Start menu, click All Programs, and then click Accessories. h. Click Command Prompt (Admin). i. If you are using a Windows XP computer, click Start, click Programs, and then click Accessories. j. Type the following command and press Enter. bootrec /fixmbr k. If the error still persists, type the following command and press Enter. bootrec /scanos l. If the problem is with the operating system, your computer may not be able to start from the CD or DVD drive. In that case, you will need to replace the CD or DVD drive.

2. Check for updates for your operating system and for any programs that you have installed on your computer

  1. Open the Control Panel.
  2. Under Programs, click Programs and Features.
  3. On the Programs and Features tab, under the name of the program that you are trying to fix, click Check for updates.
  4. If an update is available, Windows will show you the available updates and tell you how to download and install them.
  5. If a new version of the program is available, Windows will show you the available updates and tell you how to download and install it.
  6. If you have any other programs installed on your computer, you will need to check for updates for those programs as well.

3. Try running the Windows System File Checker tool to scan for and repair any corrupted system files

  1. Open the Windows System File Checker tool by clicking on the Start button, typing "systemfilechecker" in the search box, and clicking on the System File Checker tool result.
  2. Select the "Check for corrupt system files" option on the main window.
  3. Click on the "Scan" button to start the scan.
  4. Review the results of the scan and decide which files need to be repaired.
  5. Click on the "Repair" button to start the repair process.
  6. wait for the repair process to finish.
  7. If the repair process fails, please try the following steps to resolve the 0x8000ffff error: a. Try running the System File Checker tool again, but this time select the "Repair all" option. b. Try running the System File Checker tool again, but this time select the "Repair selected items" option. c. Try running the System File Checker tool again, but this time select the "Replace corrupt files" option. NOTE: If the corrupt system files cannot be repaired, you may need to restore your Windows system files from a backup.

4. Try running the Microsoft Safety Scanner to scan for and remove any malware or viruses

  1. Open the Microsoft Safety Scanner.
  2. Click the Scan Now button.
  3. Select the computer on which you want to scan.
  4. Click the Start Scan button.
  5. The Microsoft Safety Scanner will scan the computer for malware and viruses.
  6. If malware or viruses are detected, they will be removed.
  7. If no malware or viruses are detected, the Microsoft Safety Scanner will report that no threats were found.
  8. Click the Finish Scan button.

If you didn't find success with an option above, then try:

  1. Try doing a System Restore to a point before you started experiencing the error.
  2. Try running the Windows Memory Diagnostic tool to check for any memory problems.
  3. Try uninstalling and then reinstalling any programs that you were using when the error started occurring.
  4. If you still can't fix the error, then you might need to perform a clean installation of Windows.