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How do I fix 0x80040816?

Alton Alexander
By Alton AlexanderUpdated on June 4th, 2022

The 0x80040816 error code is a Windows Update error that occurs when the system is unable to connect to the Windows Update server. This can happen for a number of reasons, such as the server being down or the connection being blocked by a firewall.

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  • (error code 7: 0x80040816 -- system level).
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  • 0x80040816

1. Restart your computer and try again

-Press and hold the "Ctrl" key and then press the "F5" key simultaneously -Release the "Ctrl" key and the "F5" key when the Windows logo appears on the screen -Select the "Restart" option from the menu that appears -Select the "Troubleshoot" option from the menu that appears -Select the "Advanced options" option from the menu that appears -Select the "Startup Settings" option from the menu that appears -Select the "Restart" button from the menu that appears -Press the "F8" key to boot your computer in Safe Mode -If the problem is not fixed, press the "Ctrl" key and the "Delete" key at the same time to reset your computer

2. Try disabling any firewall or antivirus software you have installed on your computer

To disable any firewall or antivirus software you have installed on your computer:

  1. Open your computer’s main control panel.
  2. Under the “Security” heading, click “Firewall”.
  3. Under the “Firewall” heading, click “Disable all firewalls”.
  4. Click “Yes” to confirm.
  5. Click “OK” to close the firewall window.
  6. Click “Antivirus”.
  7. Under the “Antivirus” heading, click “Disable all antivirus programs”.
  8. Click “Yes” to confirm.
  9. Click “OK” to close the antivirus window.
  10. Close your computer’s main control panel.

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

  1. Check your internet connection and make sure it is working properly.
  2. Update your Windows operating system.
  3. Uninstall and then reinstall the program you are trying to use.
  4. Contact the program's support team for help.