How do I fix 0x8078014b?

Alton Alexander
By Alton AlexanderUpdated on June 4th, 2022

0x8078014B is a Windows error code that indicates a problem with the installation of a Windows update. This can happen for a number of reasons, including problems with the update files themselves, or problems with the Windows Update service. In some cases, it may also be caused by malware.

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1. Restart your computer and try again

  1. Click on the "Start" button in the lower left hand corner of your screen.
  2. Type in "cmd" into the search bar and press enter.
  3. At the command prompt, type in the following command and press enter: resetcomputers
  4. If the computer restarts successfully, you can try to fix the 0x8078014b error again.

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

  1. Insert the Windows installation media into the computer.
  2. Click Start, type "system file checker" into the search bar, and press Enter.
  3. Click System File Checker in the results list.
  4. Click Troubleshoot in the System File Checker window.
  5. Click Advanced in the Troubleshoot window.
  6. Click Scan for problems.
  7. Click Next in the System File Checker window.
  8. Click Repair files.
  9. Click Next in the System File Checker window.
  10. Click Repair all files.
  11. Click Finish in the System File Checker window.
  12. Restart the computer.

3. Try running the DISM tool to repair corrupted system files

To try and repair corrupted system files, you can use the DISM tool. First, open the "DISM" command prompt and navigate to the folder where the corrupted system files are located. Once there, use the "DISM" command to try and repair the files. If the tool is successful, you will see a message indicating as such. If the tool is not successful, you will see an error message indicating as such.

  1. Open the Windows Update Troubleshooter tool by clicking on the Start button and typing "windows update" in the search box.

  2. Click on the Troubleshoot link in the results.

  3. In the Troubleshoot window, click on the Advanced Options link.

  4. In the Advanced Options window, click on the General tab.

  5. In the General tab, under Details, click on the Startup type drop-down menu and select Disabled.

  6. Click on the Apply and OK button to finish the troubleshooting process.

  7. If the 0x8078014b error still persists, you may need to reset your Windows update settings. To do this, follow these instructions:

  8. Open the Control Panel.

  9. Under the System and Security heading, click on the Windows Update link.

  10. Under the Windows Update heading, click on the Change Settings button.

  11. In the Change Settings window, click on the View Update History button.

  12. Under the History section, click on the Reset Settings button.

  13. Click on the OK button to finish the reset process.

5. Try manually installing updates from Windows Update

  1. Open the Windows Update window by clicking on the Start button, typing Windows Update in the search box, and clicking on the Windows Update icon.
  2. If the Windows Update window is not already open, click on the Windows Update icon to open it.
  3. On the left-hand side of the Windows Update window, under the heading "Available updates," click on the "View all updates" link.
  4. In the list of available updates, click on the "Install updates" link.
  5. On the "Install updates" window, click on the "Next" button.
  6. On the "Install updates" window, click on the "Confirm updates" button.
  7. On the "Confirm updates" window, click on the "Install" button.
  8. On the "Install updates" window, click on the "Finish" button.
  9. After the updates have been installed, click on the "Restart now" button in the "Windows Update" window.
  10. After the computer has restarted, check to see if the 0x8078014b error has been resolved.

Still not working? maybe try one of these options:

  1. Try resetting the Windows Update Components.
  2. Try using the Media Creation Tool to create a clean installation of Windows.