How To Fix 0x80070057 Errors During Windows 10 Anniversary Update

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There have been a steady stream of 0x80070057 errors in Windows 10 recently as users upgraded to the Windows 10 Anniversary Update. It is one of the many errors this new update has created for users and one of the more difficult to pin down. There is a fix, but it isn’t an approved fix. It is in fact a little strange but it works.

As far as I can tell, there is a verification error in the Windows 10 Anniversary Update download. Once downloaded onto your machine, the updater cannot process one of the files correctly, either not able to verify it or thinking that it is corrupt. It then checks the file version or something else online and then errors.

Regardless of exactly why the error occurs, the result is that you see the ‘Something went wrong’ windows and error code 0x80070057.

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Fix 0x80070057 errors during Windows 10 Anniversary Update

The fix is a little unorthodox but has the approval of the official Microsoft Support Site, if not Microsoft itself. So if you see the 0x80070057 error during Windows 10 Anniversary Update, try this:

  1. Navigate to Settings, Update & security and Windows Update on your computer.
  2. Click ‘Learn more’ at the bottom of the Windows Update pane. This should take you to the Microsoft 10 website.
  3. Click ‘Get the Anniversary Update now’. This calls a download link called ‘Windows10Upgrade28084.exe’.
  4. Download the Windows10Upgrade28084 file. As soon as it hit 100% and you see a message saying ‘Verifying Download’, turn off your internet connection by unplugging your LAN cable or disabling your network card.
  5. Install the update and it will likely freeze at 2%. Turn your internet back on and the install should then proceed and complete.

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There is an alternative to this method but it is a little extreme. You can also download the Microsoft Media Creation tool and create an ISO or USB installer with a new version of Windows 10 with the Anniversary Update already included. If you cannot get the update to work even with this method, that is your only chance.

  1. Visit the Microsoft Media Creation tool web page and download the tool.
  2. Use the tool to create bootable media and use it to upgrade your version of Windows.
  3. You can either install a fresh copy of Windows 10 which will wipe your machine and overwrite any files on the computer or select Troubleshoot instead of install and try a System Refresh. I would suggest doing a refresh first as it retains all your files and folders but if the Anniversary Update doesn’t install properly, you may have to perform a fresh install.

The 0x80070057 error is a bit of a pain but can be overcome. The first method of disabling the network works for the majority of users but there are always exceptions. If you’re one of them, creating new media and installing is the only other way to get the Anniversary Update.

Posted by Jamie on September 22, 2016

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