How to Fix Minecraft Launcher Uninstall Error 0x80080204?

Recently, some users on the official Microsft forum have reported that their screens display the error code 0x80080204 when they try to uninstall the Minecraft launcher downloaded from Microsoft Store. 

Listed below are the several effective methods that helped users resolve the error code 0x80080204, so let’s get right into it!

Use Revo Uninstaller

This fix was suggested by an independent advisor on the official Microsoft forum and has so far worked for almost all the users. 

For this method to work, we will use the Revo uninstaller, which is an uninstaller for Microsoft Windows. Besides removing programs, it deletes any files and Windows registry entries left behind by either the program’s uninstaller or the Windows uninstall function.

Here is what you need to do:

  1. Launch your default browser and download the Revo uninstaller.
  2. Once downloaded and installed, click on the Forced Uninstall option.

  3. Now locate and select the Minecraft launcher.
  4. Click Next to uninstall it completely.
  5. Once done, restart your PC and check if the error code 0x80080204 is resolved. Remember, restarting your PC is important to implement the changes. 

Reboot Your Computer

Even though it might seem too simple to work, several users were able to skip the issue at hand by simply giving their systems a reboot.

Typically, when you are running your PC, a lot of applications and programs are working on both the forefront and the background. They create temporary log files, that eventually slow down your system. A reboot in this case clears all the temporary memory, giving you a fresh slate to start working on, thus resolving the error code 0x80080204 in the process.

Repair and Update the Microsoft Store App

In case none of the methods above resolves your issue, then the issue might be with your Microsoft Store application, and you need to repair it to solve your issue. A Microsoft forum independent advisor recommended this method, and it has been successful for most users so far, which is why we recommend you give it a shot.

Here is all that you need to do:

Install Pending Updates

If you haven’t installed the latest updates on your operating system, there are likely to be connectivity issues between the operating system processes and the applications installed. This is why we are going to begin with installing all the pending updates one by one.

Follow these steps to do so successfully:

  1. Type Settings in the search area of your taskbar and click Open
  2. Head over to Updates & Security from the Settings window.

    Open Update & Security
  3. Now choose Windows Update from the left side panel.
  4. Then, locate the Check for updates button in the right side window and click on it.

    windows-check-updates
    Check for updates
  5. If any pending updates are detected, take your time to install them and once you do that, reboot your PC to apply the changes.

If the error code 0x80080204 persists, proceed with the next method below.

Log Out of Microsoft Store 

Once you are done with installing the latest updates, it is time to sign out of your Microsoft Store. If there is any bug or corruption error within your user profile that is causing the issue at hand, this method will help ensure that you get rid of it.

  1. In Microsoft Store, access your user icon in the top-right corner of the window.
  2. Select Sign out from the context menu.

    sign-out-microsoft-store
    Sign out of Microsoft store
  3. After signing out successfully, restart your computer.

Terminate, Restore, and Reset Microsoft Store App and Launcher

Then, we are going to terminate, restore, and reset both the Microsoft Store app and the launcher to eliminate the issues within the applications that might be causing the error code 0x80080204.

Here is what you need to do:

  1. Launch Settings again and this time, select Apps.
    error code 0x80080204
  2. Select Apps & features from the left pane.
  3. Then, look for Microsoft Store on the right side of the window.
  4. Click on it to expand the option and click on Advanced options.

    Open Advanced Options of Microsoft Store in Apps & Features
  5. Inside the Advanced options window, click on the Terminate button.
  6. Once the process of Microsoft Store is terminated, click on the Repair button.
  7. At last, hit the Reset button. This is a bit lengthy process, so it might take a while to complete. If your screen displays a confirmation prompt, click on Reset again.
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    Reset Microsoft Store
  8. Repeat the same steps for the Minecraft launcher.

Clear Microsoft Store Cache

There are times when the cached files stored in your application get corrupt, preventing the program from functioning properly. However, since these cached files are temporary, they are safe to delete to eliminate the issues being caused by them.

Here is how you can clear the Microsoft Store cache on your Windows operating system to fix the error code 0x80080204:

  1. Open a Run dialog box by pressing Windows + R keys together.
  2. Inside the text field of the dialog box, type the following command and hit Enter. If a confirmation prompt pops up, click Yes.

    wsreset.exe
    Running wsreset.exe
  3. Once done, move towards the next step.

Update Microsoft Store

As the final step, we will install the updates available within the Microsoft Store. Hopefully, after doing so, you will be able to fix the issue at hand in no time.

  1. Click on the Library icon located in the left corner of the window.
  2. Hit the Get updates button and download all the updates available.

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    Install pending updates
  3. Finally, restart your PC and check if the issue is resolved.

Once everything is done, go back and try to uninstall the Minecraft launcher again. Now check if the error code 0x80080204 is fixed.

Zainab Falak
Zainab is a self-motivated information technology professional, with a thorough knowledge of all facets pertaining to network infrastructure design, implementation, and administration.

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