FIX: KB3081455 Will Not Install

Upgrading to Windows 10 led to all sorts of silly errors popping up for many users. Most of the times, users experienced issues when they were installing updates on their Windows 10 operating system. One such error that was experienced by a huge faction of the user base was whilst installing the update that went by the name KB3081455. More description and a fool-proof method to fix the issue follows. Read on.

The error has a hex code 0x80004005 and it will prohibit the installation of the update KB3081555. The technical description provided by Microsoft for such an error includes the following possible causes: Windows explorer errors, Hardware malfunction and Javascript errors etc. The symptoms can include the blue screen of death or shutdown problems. If you are also seriously troubled by this issue, then there is no need to worry anymore as we have got the solution for you.

Follow these steps to ensure that you no longer face any update issues:

Press the “Windows key + X” to bring up the pop-up window over the Start button.

Select “Command Prompt (Admin)” option from the list.

In the terminal window that appears, enter the following command:

sfc /scannow

This scannow command helps the operating system in replacing any corrupted system files with healthy cached copies of the same files. It begins with a scan and if there are a lot of corrupted files, it might take some time to complete.

Restart your computer after the scanning process is complete and try installing the update again.

A small scanning should fix the problem but it makes the user question why an act on their part was needed in the first place. Most of the users who had newly updated to Windows 10 started facing this problem and it turned out that the root cause was the moving of some windows utilities’ links in the start menu. Microsoft needs to brush up on their update release protocols and/or mechanisms.

Modifying Settings via Group Policy Editor

If the method above fails to work for you, then try the following method. If you are running a Home Edition of Windows 10, see steps (here) to install Group Policy Editor

Press “Windows Key +R” to invoke the RUN command.

Type gpedit.msc in the search box and press enter. This should invoke the Group policy editor.

Now you need to go to this path: Computer Configuration -> Administrative Templates -> Windows Components -> Windows Update

In the right hand side you should now look for the “Configure Automatic updates” option.

Double click on the option and set it to “Enabled” if it isn’t already.

You can select one of the following based on your requirements then:

Notify for download and notify for install

3 – Auto download and notify for install

4 – Auto download and schedule the install

5 – Allow local admin to choose setting

As an additional step, also find “Enabling Windows update power management to automatically….” Option and disable it.


Kevin Arrows
Kevin is a dynamic and self-motivated information technology professional, with a Thorough knowledge of all facets pertaining to network infrastructure design, implementation and administration. Superior record of delivering simultaneous large-scale mission critical projects on time and under budget.
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