How To Fix 0x80000ffff Error?

Filed Under: Windows Tips, Windows Vista

Do you get error 0x80000ffff when you download updates using Windows Update or Microsoft Update on PCs or computers running Windows vista? Or do you get the same error when you launch Windows Update from the Control Panel? Here is the solution from Microsoft to fix 0x80000ffff error.

0x80000ffff Error:

Error code 0x80000ffff is returned when any of the following values exist in the Windows registry:

  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\COMPONENTS\PendingXmlIdentifier
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\COMPONENTS\NextQueueEntryIndex
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\COMPONENTS\AdvancedInstallersNeedResolving

Though it is not clear what process writes the above values to the Windows registry in Vista, deleting them have not caused any known side effects. This error can be fixed automatically by clicking this link – Fix 0x80000ffff Error. Then, click Run in the File Download dialog box and follow the steps in the wizard. Though the wizard is in English, the automatic fix also works for other language versions of Windows Vista as well.

If you are not on the computer that has the problem, you can save the automatic fix by clicking Save (after clicking the above link) and then transfer it to a flash drive or to a CD, so that you can run it on the computer that has the problem.

If you do not get this error code again, when you try to download updates, and the computer downloads updates correctly, the problem is fixed.

This solution is provided in KB946414 and it is also know to solve the following errors:

  • You receive error code 1935 when you try to install the 2007 Microsoft Office system
  • The Windows Features screen is blank in Windows Vista

Does the above solution help in fixing 0x80000ffff Error?

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