8 Solutions for Minecraft Launcher Error 0x80080005

The Minecraft Launcher error 0x80080005 in the Microsoft Store occurs when the users try to download the game on their Windows systems. This error occurs when the server execution fails and is accompanied with a statement that mentions ‘Something unexpected happened’. It suggests the users to try again after restarting but unfortunately, the issue almost always persists even after the reboot.

Minecraft Launcher Error 0x80080005
How to Fix Minecraft Launcher Error 0x80080005

This error message typically indicates that the service or process that the program relies on has encountered an error and is unable to start or complete its tasks. It can be caused due to corrupted system files, issues with system services, incorrect system configurations, or problems with the Windows registry. There can also be a conflicting software installed on the system which is preventing the Store app from installing the Minecraft Laucher.

Fortunately, fixing it is quite simple, and below, we have listed the troubleshooting methods to try to fix this issue for good. Proceed with the most relevant solution.

1. Perform a power cycle

The first thing that we recommend doing is running a power cycle. Power cycling can help resolve temporary issues or errors that may be affecting the performance or functionality of your computer or device, including any issues related to the Windows Store or other system services.

Here is how you can do that:

  1. Save your work and close all open programs.
  2. Click on the Windows icon in the taskbar and hit the Power button.
  3. Choose Shut down from the context menu.
    Shut down the computer
  4. Wait for your computer or device to completely shut down and power off.
  5. Now, remove the battery if your device has a removable battery.
  6. If your device is a desktop computer, unplug the power cable from the back of the computer.
  7. Wait for at least a minute before plugging everything back in.
  8. Press the power button to turn on your device and boot into it. Upon booting, check if the error is still present. 

2. Restart Microsoft Store services

You can also encounter the problem is the services related to the Microsoft Store are not functioning properly. If this scenario is applicable, restarting the services should fix the issue.

Restarting the Microsoft Store services will refresh the connection between the Microsoft Store app and the services required for installing apps, including Minecraft launcher. This can help resolve any issues that may be causing the error to appear.

Here is what you need to do:

  1. Press the Win + R keys together to open Run.
  2. Type services.msc in Run and click Enter.
  3. In the following window, look for the Microsoft Store Install Service and Microsoft Store Service.
    Restart the service
    Restart the service
  4. Right-click on each and choose Restart.
  5. Once the services are restarted, close the Services window and check if the issue is resolved.

3. Disable Fast Startup

Fast Startup is a feature in Windows that allows the system to boot up faster by saving system files and drivers to a hibernation file. However, this feature can sometimes cause issues with certain services and programs, leading to issues like the one under consideration.

If this feature is enabled on your system, then the fix in this case is simple, as disabling fast startup can fix the issue for you. 

4. Run the Windows Store Troubleshooter

The next thing that you should do is run the Windows Store Troubleshooter.

The Windows Store troubleshooter is a built-in tool for diagnosing problems with the Microsoft Store and its downloads. The program checks for common problems like corrupted files, missing components, and incorrect settings, and attempts to resolve them automatically.

Here is how you can run the tool:

  1. Press the Windows + I keys together to open the Settings app.
  2. Choose System from the left pane and click on Troubleshoot on the right side.
  3. Select Other troubleshooters.
    Access the Other troubleshooters
    Access the Other troubleshooters
  4. Now, look for the Windows Store troubleshooter and click on the Run button associated with it.
    Run the Windows Store troubleshooter
    Run the Windows Store troubleshooter
  5. If the troubleshooter finds any issues and suggests fixes, click on Apply this fix and follow the on-screen instruction to proceed.
  6. Otherwise, click on the Close the troubleshooter option and move to the next method below.
    Close the troubleshooter if no fix is suggested
    Close the troubleshooter if no fix is suggested

5. Update Windows

The next thing that you should do is update Windows to its latest build. When you update Windows, you may receive bug fixes and security patches that can resolve problems with the Microsoft Store. It can also improve compatibility between the store and the operating system, resolving issues related to changes in the OS.

Here is how you can do that:

  1. Press the Win + I keys together to open Windows Settings.
  2. From the left pane, click Windows Updates.
  3. Click on Check for updates on the right side of the window.
    Click on the Check for updates button
    Click on the Check for updates button
  4. Now the system will scan for available updates. Once the scan is complete, select each update one by one and click Download & Install.
    Download and install the updates
    Download and install the updates
  5. Lastly, restart your computer and see if the issue is resolved.

6. Clear Microsoft Store Cache

You might also be facing the issue because of corrupt cache files, in which case clearing the Microsoft Store cache can help. By clearing the cache, you’ll get rid of all the temporary files and data the Microsoft Store app had stored on your computer.

Here’s how to clear the Microsoft Store cache:

  1. Press the Windows key + R to open the Run dialog box
  2. Type wsreset.exe in the text field of Run and press Enter.
    Reset the Microsoft Store cache
    Reset the Microsoft Store cache

This should launch the Windows Store reset utility, which will clear the cache and other temporary data from the Microsoft Store app. While you are on it, also make sure that the date and time are configured accurately.

7. Run System Scans

System corruption can also prevent new apps from being installed from the Microsoft Store. There are many reasons why these errors occur, including malware, hardware failures, and software conflicts.

Running the System File Checker (SFC) and Deployment Image Servicing and Management (DISM) utilities can help resolve issues in this case. These utilities can scan for any corrupted or missing system files that may be preventing the Microsoft Store from working properly. In case there are corrupt or missing files, it will replace them with a cached copy that is located in a compressed folder at %WinDir%\System32\dllcache.

Here is you can proceed:

  1. Press the Windows + R keys together to open Run.
  2. Type cmd in Run and press Ctrl + Shift + Enter keys together to open Command Prompt with administrative privileges.
  3. Click Yes in the User Account Control prompt.
  4. Now, type the following command and hit Enter to run the System File Checker:
    sfc /scannow
    Windows could not start the Windows Firewall on Local Computer. Error Code 13
    Type sfc/scannow command
  5. Once the command is executed, proceed with this command:
    dism /online /cleanup-image /scanhealth
    Run the scanhealth command
    Run the scanhealth command

It may take some time for DISM and SFC to scan and fix your operating system, depending on the size and amount of corruption. Once the process is completed, close the Command Prompt and check if you can now download the Minecraft Launcher.

8. Re-Register the Store App

Finally, if the above-mentioned troubleshooting methods have not worked for you, you can re-register the Store app. Reregistering an app on Windows resets its settings and files to their defaults. During the process, all the files will be deleted and re-installed, the permissions will be reset, and the Registry entries related to the app will be re-created.

This can help resolve issues with the app such as crashing, freezing, and not working properly. We will be using the Powershell utility in this method. You can also use the Settings app to reset Microsoft Store app.

Here’s how to re-register the Microsoft Store app on Windows 10:

  1. Press Win + S keys together to open Windows Search utility.
  2. Type Powershell in the search bar and click on Run as administrator.
  3. Click Yes in the User Account Control prompt.
  4. Type the following command and press Enter. This will re-register the app for current users:
    Get-AppXPackage *Microsoft.WindowsStore* | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register “$($_.InstallLocation)\AppXManifest.xml”}
    Re-register the app for current users
    Re-register the app for current users
  5. To re-register the app for all users, execute the following command:
    Get-AppxPackage -AllUsers *WindowsStore* | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register "$($_.InstallLocation)\AppXManifest.xml"}
    Re-register the app for all users
    Re-register the app for all users
  6. Restart your computer. 

If the error persists even after restarting the Windows, you can perform a system reset and check if that works for you. You can also contact a Microsoft professional and report the issue to them. They will be able to help you with identifying the cause of the problem and suggesting a relevant solution. 


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