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Windows Update error code 0x8e5e03fa (Win 10 & 7)

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By Genesis and SheilaUpdated on June 4th, 2022

What is 'Error code 0x8e5e03fa' in Windows Update?

Error code 0x8e5e03fa is an error that usually occurs when you try to install various Windows updates. You may encounter the error when trying to install Windows 10 Version 1607 build (KB3176936) or Cumulative Update (KB308144444). The error occurs in Windows 10 and 7.

Internet connectivity issues may also cause the error to manifest.

How can you fix 'Error code 0x8e5e03fa' in Windows Update?

Some of the common fixes include:

  • Checking the internet connection
  • Downloading the Windows Update files again

Please see our in-depth walk-through solutions below.

1. Check internet connection

Windows update error code 0x8024a005 could be due to your home network or your Internet service provider (ISP). Test your Home network to verify what is causing the internet connection problem. See instruction below.

NOTE: Avoid updating your Windows in a private network. Mostly, private networks run a firewall which prevents your connection to a Windows server.

  • Re-boot your PC and your network devices.
  • Change internet connection connectivity, change LAN cable to WiFi or WiFi to LAN cable.
  • Use mobile USB tethering. If error 0x8024a005 disappear using data connection call your ISP.

2. Download Windows Update files again

Windows update error code 0x8024a005 may also be due to the Windows Update files got interrupted which result to files damage. The interruption might be caused by a sudden power interruption, block by security software or sudden internet failure. To avoid this interruption, avoid shutting down the PC while it is downloading and installing the updates, disable third-party applications and make sure internet connection is stable. To disable the third-party applications, run Windows in Clean boot mode using step 1 video below. To fix the damage Windows update files, delete it and let Windows redownload it again, see step 2 video to guide you.

Step 1. Clean boot

Step 2. Delete SoftwareDistribution folder