Error 0x80096004: Best Method To Fix It in Windows 10/8

This article will tell you how to fix “Error 0x80096004: There were some problems installing updates, but we’ll try again later. If you keep seeing this and want to search the web or contact support for information, this may help: (0x80096004)” message in Windows 10/8/8.1

Many users Windows have faced the error 0x80096004 (or 80096004) when they attempt to run the updates via Windows Updates. Even they have also started receiving this error message after running the updates successfully. We noticed that generally, this Windows update error 80096004 occurs on Windows 8 and 10, sometimes it can occur on Windows 7 and 8.1, but that’s a rare case.

Error 0x80096004

Error 0x80096004

According to Microsoft engineers, the error 0x80096004 may occur due to the corrupted Windows Update components, incompatibility of internal Windows programs or DNS Conflict. So If you have installed the third-party antivirus software and Firewall, we recommend you should temporarily disable them on your computer. This tutorial contains information that shows you how to fix error 0x80096004.

Read more: Fix Windows Update Error 80070002

How to Fix Windows Update Error 0x80096004

Solution 1. Using Windows Update Troubleshooter

This Troubleshooter is an automated Windows 8/8.1/10 inbuilt tool which looks for and fixes the common issues with the Windows Update settings. You can follow these steps to launch this tool and check if that helps.

Note: Make sure that you are logged into Windows under an account with the status Administrator

Step 1. First of all, open Troubleshooting from Control Panel. To do that, right-click at Start button > Control Panel (View by Large icons) > click Troubleshooting.

Step 2. When the Troubleshooting window occurs, you click View all from the left side listed options.

Step 3. Then, you find Windows Update and click it in order to run the corresponding troubleshooter.

Windows Update
Step 4. Now, you click Next to let the troubleshooter identify problems.

Windows Update Next
Step 5. If a troubleshooter requires running as administrator, you just to select Try troubleshooting as an administrator option.

Window Update Try troubleshooting as an administrator

Step 6. Again the troubleshooter will detect problems and cross-check with the default settings of your computer. If there are any problems found, the troubleshooter will automatically try to resolve it. Now you wait until troubleshooting has completed and detected issue has been fixed, then you select View detailed information link at the bottom of this window to check the troubleshooting report.

Windows Update View detailed information
Step 7. Thus, you can easily explore on what settings troubleshooter made checks and what gets fixed. Now you can exit the troubleshooter. If the Windows Update Error 0x80096004 issue persists, then try the next solution.

Solution 2. Deleting temporary update files

If you face Windows Update Error 0x80096004 because of failed system update process, which means some files in the Windows Update are missing. So you just delete those files and try Windows update once again. To do that, you can refer to the section “Restart the Windows Update service” at here.

Solution 3. Reset Windows Store

Some users Windows get error code 0x80096004 after the last update, they can’t download the apps in the store. In this case, you should be able to fix this problem by resetting Windows Store. To do that, learn more how to clear and reset Windows Store In Windows.

Solution 4: Perform a Clean Boot and then try installing the updates

A clean boot helps to eliminate programs conflicts and to determine what is causing the issue. To perform a clean boot, you can read more the tutorial How to perform a clean boot in Windows from this link. After performing a clean boot on your computer, you may try installing the updates again using Windows Update and see if that helps.

In addition, the error 0x80096004 can occur due to errors with the certificate when you’re trying to update Office 2003. To fix this issue, you click here to download the KB907417 Update.

I hope after trying these solutions, you won’t be able to encounter the error again. If you have any other Windows 10 related errors you can check for the solution in my Windows 10 tips section. Thank you for reading!


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