How to Fix Windows Update Error 0x8e5e0147

The error code 0x8E5E0147, even though it might seem complicated, is actually a generic error message related to Windows Update, and it means that there are .dll files that are causing problems with Windows Update. It most commonly appears with users of Windows 10, however other users, such as Windows 7 or even Windows Vista users aren’t excluded either. It’s related to quite a few updates, which include but are not limited to KB960225, KB959772, KB960544 etc..

You will experience this error when you’re trying to install a Windows Update. You will notice that you can’t install them via the built-in Windows Update, nor can you download them from Microsoft’s website and install them from there. You will be stuck, with no clear method to install them.

However, there are a few things that you can try in order to fix it, after which you will be able to download and install the latest Windows updates. Read on to see the methods, and if the first one doesn’t work, move on to the second one, etc. One of them is sure to solve the problem for you.

Method 1: Create a .bat file that solves the issue

What you can do is create a Notepad file with certain commands, and then run it as a batch file. You can also save this file in case the problem appears again, for your convenience. Make sure that you copy the text inside exactly as is, otherwise it won’t work.

  1. Create a bat file with the following code.
    net stop cryptsvc
    net stop wuauserv
    ren %windir%\system32\catroot2 catroot2.old
    ren %windir%\SoftwareDistribution SoftwareDistribution.old
    regsvr32 comcat.dll /s
    Regsvr32 Msxml.dll /s
    Regsvr32 Msxml2.dll /s
    proxycfg -u
    Regsvr32 Msxml3.dll /s
    regsvr32 shdoc401.dll /s
    regsvr32 cdm.dll /s
    regsvr32 softpub.dll /s
    regsvr32 wintrust.dll /s
    regsvr32 initpki.dll /s
    regsvr32 dssenh.dll /s
    regsvr32 rsaenh.dll /s
    regsvr32 gpkcsp.dll /s
    regsvr32 sccbase.dll /s
    regsvr32 slbcsp.dll /s
    regsvr32 mssip32.dll /s
    regsvr32 cryptdlg.dll /s
    regsvr32 wucltui.dll /s
    regsvr32 shdoc401.dll /i /s
    regsvr32 dssenh.dll /s
    regsvr32 rsaenh.dll /s
    regsvr32 gpkcsp.dll /s
    regsvr32 sccbase.dll /s
    regsvr32 slbcsp.dll /s
    regsvr32 asctrls.ocx /s
    regsvr32 wintrust.dll /s
    regsvr32 initpki.dll /s
    regsvr32 softpub.dll /s
    regsvr32 oleaut32.dll /s
    regsvr32 shdocvw.dll /I /s
    regsvr32 shdocvw.dll /s
    regsvr32 browseui.dll /s
    regsvr32 browseui.dll /I /s
    regsvr32 msrating.dll /s
    regsvr32 mlang.dll /s
    regsvr32 hlink.dll /s
    regsvr32 mshtmled.dll /s
    regsvr32 urlmon.dll /s
    regsvr32 plugin.ocx /s
    regsvr32 sendmail.dll /s
    regsvr32 scrobj.dll /s
    regsvr32 mmefxe.ocx /s
    regsvr32 corpol.dll /s
    regsvr32 jscript.dll /s
    regsvr32 msxml.dll /s
    regsvr32 imgutil.dll /s
    regsvr32 thumbvw.dll /s
    regsvr32 cryptext.dll /s
    regsvr32 rsabase.dll /s
    regsvr32 inseng.dll /s
    regsvr32 iesetup.dll /i /s
    regsvr32 cryptdlg.dll /s
    regsvr32 actxprxy.dll /s
    regsvr32 dispex.dll /s
    regsvr32 occache.dll /s
    regsvr32 occache.dll /i /s
    regsvr32 iepeers.dll /s
    regsvr32 urlmon.dll /i /s
    regsvr32 cdfview.dll /s
    regsvr32 webcheck.dll /s
    regsvr32 mobsync.dll /s
    regsvr32 pngfilt.dll /s
    regsvr32 licmgr10.dll /s
    regsvr32 icmfilter.dll /s
    regsvr32 hhctrl.ocx /s
    regsvr32 inetcfg.dll /s
    regsvr32 tdc.ocx /s
    regsvr32 MSR2C.DLL /s
    regsvr32 msident.dll /s
    regsvr32 msieftp.dll /s
    regsvr32 xmsconf.ocx /s
    regsvr32 ils.dll /s
    regsvr32 msoeacct.dll /s
    regsvr32 inetcomm.dll /s
    regsvr32 msdxm.ocx /s
    regsvr32 dxmasf.dll /s
    regsvr32 /s
    regsvr32 /s
    regsvr32 /s
    regsvr32 /s
    regsvr32 danim.dll /s
    regsvr32 Daxctle.ocx /s
    regsvr32 lmrt.dll /s
    regsvr32 datime.dll /s
    regsvr32 dxtrans.dll /s
    regsvr32 dxtmsft.dll /s
    regsvr32 WEBPOST.DLL /s
    regsvr32 WPWIZDLL.DLL /s
    regsvr32 POSTWPP.DLL /s
    regsvr32 CRSWPP.DLL /s
    regsvr32 FTPWPP.DLL /s
    regsvr32 FPWPP.DLL /s
    regsvr32 WUAPI.DLL /s
    regsvr32 wups2.dll /S
    regsvr32 WUAUENG.DLL /s
    regsvr32 ATL.DLL /s
    regsvr32 WUCLTUI.DLL /s
    regsvr32 WUPS.DLL /s
    regsvr32 WUWEB.DLL /s
    regsvr32 wshom.ocx /s
    regsvr32 wshext.dll /s
    regsvr32 vbscript.dll /s
    regsvr32 scrrun.dll mstinit.exe /setup /s
    regsvr32 msnsspc.dll /SspcCreateSspiReg /s
    regsvr32 msapsspc.dll /SspcCreateSspiReg /s
    proxycfg –d
    sc sdset wuauserv
    regsvr32 mshtml.dll /s
    net start cryptsvc
    net start wuauserv
  2. Save the bat file and Double-click it to run. The file will restore and register the .dll files that are causing problems with Windows Update.

Method 2: Use Microsoft’s fixit to solve the issue

Microsoft have actually acknowledged that this problem exists, and released a simple fix which you can download here.

  1. Once you’ve downloaded it, head to your Downloads folder, and double-click Make sure to select the aggressive mode when you’re running it, and be aware that it will require a reboot at the end.
  2. When you’ve rebooted, press the Windows key on your keyboard, type in Windows Update and open the result.
  3. Click Check for Updates and wait. It will take longer than usual due to the fix, but it will allow you to install the updates afterwards, which is the point.

Method 3: Remove Norton and McAfee, and run a Microsoft fix in the end

Antivirus software from the likes of Norton and McAfee are notorious for leaving behind traces of existence and intentionally not removing everything when you uninstall them. Those exact same traces might cause you headaches when trying to install updates, as they tend to block them sometimes, even though you uninstalled the antivirus. However, there are removal tools that fully remove the antivirus, and you can run a Microsoft fix afterwards that fixes the update issue.

  1. Download the Norton Removal Tool here, and the McAfee Consumer Products Removal Tool here, depending on which one you’ve used/are using.
  2. Go to your Downloads folder, and right-click the removal tool you downloaded, then choose Run as Administrator. Don’t touch anything until it completes, and close any other programs that are running at the moment. Reboot when it’s done.
  3. Head to this Microsoft website and download the troubleshooter. Run it first in default, and then in the aggressive Reboot again when it’s done.

You can also visit our detailed guide on how to remove most antivirus and firewall softwares.

You shouldn’t be having any issues now. Note that running the fixes in the aggressive modes deletes your Update History, but not the list with the installed updates in Add/Remove Programs. Go ahead and choose a method from the aforementioned ones, and solve your problem with Windows Update without wasting any more time.


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