If your Windows operating system displays the error with the code 0x80004005, this can unfortunately have many causes. But do not despair, most of them can be solved without a doctorate in computer science. Our tutorial shows you how!
In most cases, if you follow our three-step guide, the error message should go away. A small correction in the user account control or deleting temporary files is often enough. Uninstalling the current Windows update is a bit more complicated.
How to resolve error 0x80004005 with User Account Control
Press the key combination WINDOWS+S and enter “regedit” in the search line to find the registry editor.
Open it with a double click or the Enter key. On the left side of this window, you will find the menu item HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE. From here, navigate through the drop-down menus (by clicking the little arrows next to the folders) to the subfolder
In this subfolder, right-click in the free field on the right and create a new entry with “New”. From the drop-down menu, select “QWORD Value (64-bit). Then name this new entry “LocalAccountTokenFilterPolicy” and open it with another right-click. In this window, type in the value “1” in the corresponding field.
You will need to restart your computer to activate the change.
How to delete temporary files to solve error 0x80004005
If the error 0x80004005 still occurs after this, you can try deleting temporary files. During operation, computers accumulate many unnecessary temporary files. Bad or damaged temporary files can trigger error 0x80004005, but you can delete these files with little effort.
Press WINDOWS + R to open the “Run” window and type in the command “cmd.exe” to open the command prompt. In the CLI input window, type in “cleanmgr” and confirm with the Enter key. This will open the disk cleanup. In the window under the heading “Files to be deleted,” you will find the entry “Temporary files” relatively far down. Here, put a tick in the adjacent box and remove all ticks from other entries.
Then Disk Cleanup will start and delete the files you selected. If the error 0x80004005 came from a temporary file, it is now resolved.
Solve error 0x80004005 by uninstalling the latest Windows update
If you still get an error message with the code 0x80004005, you can try to get rid of it by undoing the last Windows 10 update. Sometimes the updates don’t run smoothly. In the start menu, you will find the gear symbol on the right-hand side, which you use to open the Windows settings. Select the “Update and Security” entry and navigate to the “Windows Update” submenu. Here, you can “Show the history of installed updates”.
With a click on the button of the same name you will find the option “Uninstall updates”. In the new window you can select an update and uninstall it. The updates in the list are sorted chronologically and you should uninstall the latest update here.
Updates named “Update for Microsoft Windows” are security updates and cannot be uninstalled!
After uninstalling, you may need to restart your computer.
Quick Guide to Fix Error 0x80004005 with User Account Control
- Press WINDOWS+S and type ‘regedit’ to open the Registry Editor.
- Here, navigate to the HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System folder.
- Create an entry called “LocalAccountTokenFilterPolicy” and change its value to “1” by double-clicking.
Quick Guide Resolve error 0x80004005 by deleting temporary files
- Open “cmd.exe” with the “Run” window (WINDOWS+R).
- Type “cleanmgr” and press Enter.
- Check only “Temporary files” and click “Ok”.
Quick guide to uninstall Windows 10 update
- Go to the Update & Security window in Windows Settings
- In the “Windows Update” submenu, click on “View history of installed updates” and here on “Uninstall updates” and uninstall the most recent update
- Restart the computer.