BEST FIX – Windows Update Error 0x80070057

Windows Update

Among the many error issues known to crop up with Windows, fixes can usually be found if you do some digging.  Here, we’ve already done the research for you if you’ve come across Windows Update Error “0x80070057.”

First things first.

The Windows Update Error 0x80070057 means that an update to Windows has gone wrong and has failed to install.

We can help you fix this Windows Update Error as long as you follow our guided steps below.

Fix 1: SFC Scan

You’ll want to run a System File Check (SFC) scan. To do that, you need to use the Windows Command Prompt application.

  1. Press the “Windows” and “X” keys on your keyboard.
  2. A menu of selections appears on the lower left-hand side of your display. Choose “Command Prompt (Admin).”                                                   cmd admin
  3. The Command Prompt window will now open on your computer screen. Type “sfc /scannow” and press “Enter” on your keyboard.
  4. A system scan will begin. You’ll see the text, “Beginning system scan. This process will take some time.  Beginning verification phase of system scan. Verification xx% complete.”  SFC scanning

Your computer is scanning to find corrupted or missing files that could be the culprit for the Windows Update Error 0x80070057. Let it do its thing. Once the scan has completed, you should receive the message, “Windows Resource Protection did not find any integrity errors.”

Fix 2: SFCfix 3.0

Perhaps you receive this message: “Windows Resource Protection found corrupt files but was unable to fix some of them. Details are included in the CBS.log windir\Logs\CBS\CBS.log.” Then, we’d suggest downloading the SFCfix 3.0 tool from majorgeeks.com. This automatically repairs system files and corrupt files for you.                                                                                                                                                                                                            sfc fix tool

Fix 3: Registry Edit

With this fix, we’re going to show you how to edit the registry file with Windows Notepad. Follow the steps below:

  1. Press the “Windows” key and the “R” key on your keyboard, which opens the “Run” window. Where it says “Open:” type “notepad” and click the “OK” button.  run notepad
  2. An untitled notepad page opens on your display. You’ll type this or copy and paste from here to simply this step:

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\WindowsUpdate\UX]

“IsConvergedUpdateStackEnabled”=dword:00000000

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\WindowsUpdate\UX\Settings]

“UxOption”=dword:00000000                                                                                                                                                                Notepad reg

  1. Next, in Notepad click on “File,” scroll to “Save As,” and click on it.                                                                                                            notepad save as
  2. The file name shall be “wufix.reg”
  3. In the “Save as type,” click the selector box and choose “All Files.”
  4. Click on the “Save” button. You’ve now saved the “wufix.reg” file to your computer.wu reg file
  5. Next, you need to run the file you’ve just created and agree as prompted.

This should fix the Windows Update Error 0x80070057.

Fix 4: Reset Windows Update Agent

If our fixes haven’t worked up to this point, there’s one last resort. You can download this script: ResetWUEng.zip. It allows resetting of the Windows Update Agent and has had success resolving issues with the Windows Update Error.  It’s a zip file, so you’ll first have to extract it and then run the script as administrator on your computer.

By now, we’ve successfully helped you fix the Windows Update Error 0x80070057 with the most well-known and used solutions that have proved to help other users just like you. Let us know which fix helped you!

Posted by Heather on July 1, 2016

8 thoughts on “BEST FIX – Windows Update Error 0x80070057”

Derrick says:
None of these worked for me. I either got errors stating a serious crash has occurred (SFCFIX 3.0) or it didn’t apply to my version of windows which is Windows 10 Pro insider preview Build 16199,rsprerelease.
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dirk steyn says:
If Windows update won’t work, get a new Ethernet cable. Hehe.

My one desktop PC would not update. I spent hours and hours trying to fix error codes 80072EE2 and 80072EFE and 0x80070005. I ran fix-it tools and trouble-shooters. I ran anti-virus and anti-malware and anti-malicious tools for days and nights. I was in the registry and in config.sys; I followed the instructions of the Geeks on Google to the letter. I played with the firewall and disabled or deleted anti-virus and deleted other applications. No matter what I tried, my pc would not run Windows update.

Then I changed the Ethernet cable from my pc to the router … and Voilà! Problem solved. My pc now runs Windows update.

If your Windows update won’t work, get a new Ethernet cable.

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ExaFlop says:
Nice work, thanks for info.
Fix 3 – Key HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\WindowsUpdate\UX needs additional privileges – higher than admin successfully changed via RunAsTI command line
reg add “HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\WindowsUpdate\UX” /f /v “IsConvergedUpdateStackEnabled” /t REG_DWORD /d 0
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Neal Von Almen says:
Not sure whether it was fix 2 or 4 because I ran them both but the problem is now resolved on my Win 7 Home Pro laptop.
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Mahir Taxwar says:
After the SFC scan, some corrupted files were found and those were fixed. So, I bypassed SFC Fix 3.0. In the Registry Edit Fix, when I run Wufix.reg, it says, “Cannot import C:\Users\Mahir Tazwar\Desktop\wufix.reg: The specified file is not a registry script. You can only import binary registry files from within the registry editor.”
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Hicks says:
Nice work, thanks for sharing. A true fix in the zip file at the end. Run as admin and follow each step in order. Some did not apply to my version of windows 7, I just skipped them, it promps you if the step is not applicable. Saved me a windows reinstall on my media center pc.

Thank You

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Mathias Plöger says:
now after one day and one update it works no more.
no more idea!!
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Mathias Plöger says:
After hours and hours only your wufix.reg works!!!!!!

Thanks very much!!!!!!

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