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How to fix error code 0x80070057?

Alton Alexander
By Alton AlexanderUpdated on June 4th, 2022

This error code typically happens when there is a problem with the way that Windows is reading or writing to a drive. This can be caused by a number of things, including bad sectors on the drive, corrupted files, or a driver issue. In some cases, it can also be caused by a virus or other malware.

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1. Check for updates and install any available updates

  1. Open the Settings app on your device.
  2. Under "General," tap on "Software Update."
  3. Tap on the "Check for updates" button.
  4. If there are any available updates, you'll be prompted to install them.
  5. Once the updates are installed, you'll be prompted to restart your device.

2. Run the Windows Update Troubleshooter

  1. Open the Windows Update Troubleshooter by pressing the Windows Update icon on the taskbar and selecting Troubleshoot.
  2. Select the option to run the troubleshooter on a specific device.
  3. Select the device from the list of devices and click Next.
  4. Select the option to run the troubleshooter in an active session.
  5. Click Next.
  6. Select the option to run the troubleshooter on a network.
  7. Enter the network address of the device to be troubleshoot and click Next.
  8. Select the option to run the troubleshooter in an active session on the network.
  9. Click Next.
  10. Select the option to troubleshoot the latest updates.
  11. Select the option to troubleshoot problems with specific updates.
  12. Select the option to scan for updates.
  13. Click Next.
  14. Select the option to repair problems with specific updates.
  15. Click Next.
  16. Select the option to start the repair process.
  17. If the repair process is successful, the Troubleshooter will report that the problem has been fixed. If the repair process fails, the Troubleshooter will report the specific problem that was encountered.
  18. Click Finish.

3. Reset the Windows Update Components

  1. Open "cmd.exe" and type "set Cmd=%systemroot%\system32\svchost.exe -k netsvcs"
  2. Type "reset" and hit Enter
  3. Type "netsh int ip reset" and hit Enter
  4. Type "netsh winsock reset" and hit Enter
  5. Type "netsh int ipv4 reset" and hit Enter
  6. Type "netsh int ipv6 reset" and hit Enter
  7. Type "exit" and hit Enter

4. Delete the SoftwareDistribution folder

  1. In Windows Explorer, open the folder where the software distribution is installed.
  2. Right-click the software distribution folder and select Delete.
  3. Click Yes in the confirmation window that appears.

5. Run the DISM tool

  1. Open an elevated command prompt.
  2. Type DISM /Online /Cleanup-Image /Restorehealth
  3. This will run the DISM tool to fix code 0x80070057.

Still not working? maybe try one of these options:

  1. Restart your computer and try again.
  2. Try installing the update again.