Error 0x80070057 indicates that the windows updates have failed and there are numerous reasons for the error to pop-up which could be corrupt windows update components, previous updates that failed and caused corruption with the system files needed to pack and unpack update packages, and apply them. 0x80070057 number is the hexadecimal error number, and is common in Windows Vista, 7, 8 and 10.
The error is usually followed by a long message which is “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 – (0x80070057)”. This error may also come up with a slightly different message such as “Something went wrong”
In this guide, we have listed several methods that have worked for a large number of users across Windows Vista, 7, 8 and 10. Please go through all the methods, as they are continuously updated. From experience, i can tell that you will need to come back to this page because there will be a couple of restarts whilst you perform and go through the methods, therefore it would be best to either mail the link of this page to your email or bookmark this page so you can get back to it.
Method 1: Restore Windows Update Repository
Download and run Reimage Plus to scan and restore corrupt and missing repositories from here, and then try updating Windows. If it doesn’t work, move to Method 2.
Method 2: Run SFC Scan
see steps here.
Method 3: Run SFCFix
Click here, and run the SFCFix.exe file. Agree to the prompts in the command prompt by pressing any key until the end.
Method 4: Run SURT
If you are running Windows 7/8/10, then download SURT here and run it. After it has finished installing, try running the windows update again. If it still won’t work, then proceed with the registry steps below.
Method 5: Registry Edit
- Hold Windows Key and Press R
- Type notepad and Click OK
- In notepad, copy and paste the following lines:Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\WindowsUpdate\UX]
- Click File -> Save As
- Set file type to All Files and save this file as wufix.reg on your Desktop.
- The file must be exactly wufix.reg because the *.reg extension is the trigger to run this file through the registry. Now run the file, and agree to prompts.
After the program runs check to see if it fixes the issue; if not then download the Windows Update Reset script and run it as administrator. [Download Here] (Right click and choose Save as). Save it to your Desktop, then right click on it and choose Run As Administrator.
Method 6: 04/08/2016 Windows 10 Anniversary Update Failing Due to Error 0x80070057
When Windows 10 cannot verify the downloads, the error is seen on Windows 10 as well. Many, users updated from Windows 7 to Windows 10 and several updates were already applied before the Anniversary Update, so it makes sense to beleive that there may be severe corruptions with the update store, which is preventing Anniversary Update from being installed. The solution to fix this issue is to disable the internet, (LAN or WAN) whilst the installer is verifying Anniversary Update Files.
- Hold the Windows Key and Press R. Type ncpa.cpl and Click OK.
- Right Click either your Wireless LAN Adapter or Ethernet LAN Adapter and choose Disable. Once the update has finished verifying, you can enable it by right clicking the disabled adapter.
Additionally, many users started having frequent freezes and crashes on their Windows 10 after installing Anniversary Update. If this is the case then check out the following guide @ Anniversary Update Crashes
Method 7: Removing CloudFogger
Some users reported received error 0x80070057 when doing backup, system restore and upgrades. As per borncity, the root cause for this issue is CloudFlogger. The issue arises due to third party tools like CloudFlogger installing filter drivers that interferes with the system calls.
- Press Windows key + R, type appwiz.cpl and click OK. On Windows 8.1 or newer, you can press hold the Windows key + X and select Programs/Apps and Features.
- Search through the list for CloudFogger and then double click it. Follow the prompts in the uninstaller and to complete the uninstallation.
- Reboot your PC and then check if the problem is gone.