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How do I fix error code 0xc0000017?

Alton Alexander
By Alton AlexanderUpdated on June 4th, 2022

The error code 0xc0000017 is a Windows error code that indicates a problem with the way the operating system has been installed. This error code can be caused by a number of factors, including a corrupt or damaged installation disc, a corrupt or damaged Registry, or a virus or other malicious software. The error code can also be caused by a hardware problem, such as a faulty hard drive or a bad memory stick.

1. Try restarting your computer

  1. Restart your computer.
  2. If the error persists, try re-seating your computer's memory.
  3. If the error persists, try reinstalling the operating system.
  4. If the error persists, try repairing the Windows operating system.

2. Try running the Windows Update Troubleshooter

  1. Open the Start menu, type "Windows Update" and press Enter.
  2. If the Windows Update window opens, click on the Update tab.
  3. If the Update tab is not visible, click on the Settings button in the bottom left corner of the Windows Update window.
  4. In the Settings window, click on the Check for updates button.
  5. If the Check for updates button is not visible, click on the Change settings button.
  6. In the Change settings window, under the Update settings category, click on the Check for updates more aggressively button.
  7. If the Check for updates more aggressively button is not visible, click on the Advanced options button.
  8. In the Advanced options window, under the Update settings category, click on the Check for updates more aggressively button.
  9. If the Check for updates more aggressively button is still not visible, click on the OK button.
  10. If the Windows Update window opens, click on the Restart now button.
  11. If the Windows Update window does not open, click on the Start button, type "cmd" and press Enter.
  12. In the Command Prompt window, type the following command and press Enter: wuauclt.exe /detectnow /updatenow
  13. If the Windows Update Troubleshooter starts, wait for it to finish.
  14. If the Windows Update Troubleshooter does not start, try running it again by typing the following command and press Enter: wuauclt.exe /detectnow /updatenow

3. Try running the System File Checker tool

  1. Open the Start menu and select All Programs.
  2. Select Accessories and then System Tools.
  3. Select System File Checker from the list of tools.
  4. Click Start.
  5. Click Yes to continue with the system file check.
  6. The system file checker will scan your computer for errors and fix them if necessary.
  7. If the system file check finds any errors, it will display a list of those errors and the solutions to fix them.
  8. Click Finish to complete the system file check.

4. Try running the DISM tool

  1. Open an administrative command prompt.
  2. Type dism /online /Cleanup-image /Startup-image /Format-image /CheckHealth
  3. If the command completes without error, the DISM tool succeeded in fixing the error code.
  4. If the command fails, check the following: -The DISM tool was able to connect to the Windows Update server. -The DISM tool was able to detect the image files that need to be fixed. -The DISM tool was able to fix the image files.

5. Try resetting your PC

  1. Turn off your PC and disconnect all power sources.
  2. Reset your PC by pressing and holding the power button for 10 seconds.
  3. Connect your PC to an AC power source and restart it.
  4. If the error code persists, you can try to repair your PC by following the instructions provided by the manufacturer.

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

  1. Try repairing your PC using the Startup Repair tool.
  2. Try running a virus scan.
  3. Try running the SFC /scannow command.
  4. Try running the DISM /Online /Cleanup-Image /RestoreHealth command.
  5. Try running the Reset This PC feature.