How to fix 0x8e5e03fb error in Windows 10?

Issue: Windows 10 gave me an error code 0x8e5e03fb when I checked for updates. I hit “Try again” button a couple of times and restarted my PC. However, the error still occurs, and I cannot install available updates. What can I do about it?

Solved Answer

Error 0x8e5e03fb is one of the Windows 10 update errors[1] that might occur anytime when you check for updates or try to install them. Most of the time, this problem occurs due to the Internet connection issues. However, there might be many other reasons to see the error that prevents from installing important updates, for instance:

  • Windows operating system crashes or freezes;
  • problems with system shutdown;
  • Windows startup problems;[2]
  • installation problems;
  • incorrect time or date settings;
  • issues with security software;[3]
  • system corruption.

To fix 0x8e5e03fb error, you should begin by checking your internet connection,[4] set correct time or date, and temporarily disable security software. However, if none of these simple solutions help to get rid of the problem and install updates, follow the methods explained below.

Fix 0x8e5e03fb error in Windows 10

Methods to fix error code 0x8e5e03fb on Windows 10

As we have just mentioned, you should start with the easy solutions that might help to get rid of the 0x8e5e03fb error. However, if your Internet connection is strong, the time and date are correct, and security software was not an issue, follow the steps below:

Method 1. Set up .NET Framework 3.5

Fix it now!
To repair damaged system, you have to purchase the licensed version of Fortect.
  1. Right-click Start button and choose Control Panel from the appeared list.
  2. Navigate to Programs.
  3. Choose Programs and Features.
  4. Click Turn Windows features on or off in the left pane.
    Click Turn Windows features on or off
  5. Mark the tick next to .NET framework 3.5 box to install pre-requisites.
    Select the .NET framework 3.5 box
  6. Click OK.

Method 2. Run SFC Scannow command

  1. Click Start and type cmd in the Windows search box.
  2. Right-click Command Prompt and choose Run as administrator option.
  3. In the Command Prompt window type sfc/scannow and click Enter key.
  4. Wait until Windows finishes system scan. You will be informed if any fixes were made.

Method 3. Run DISM RestoreHealth

Fix it now!
To repair damaged system, you have to purchase the licensed version of Fortect.
  1. Click Star and enter cmd in the search field.
  2. Right-click Command Prompt and choose Run as administrator entry.
  3. In the Command Prompt enter this command and hit Enter: Dism /Online /Cleanup-Image /RestoreHealth
  4. Once the scan is completed, the source of the error should be fixed.

Method 4. Reset Windows update components

If previous methods were not helpful, you should try resetting Windows update components to fix error 0x8e5e03fb. However, this method requires modifying Windows registry. Thus, you should backup registry in case something goes wrong.

  1. Right-click Start and choose Command Prompt (Admin) from the menu.
  2. You will receive a confirmation window. Click Yes.
  3. Type the following commands and hit Enter after each of them in order to stop BITS, Cryptographic, MSI Installer, and Windows Update Services:
    net stop wuauserv
    net stop cryptSvc
    net stop bits
    net stop msiserver
  4. Once these commands are executed, type the following ones and hit enter after each of them. They will rename SoftwareDistribution and Catroot2 folder:
    ren C:\\Windows\\softwareDistribution SoftwareDistribution.old
    ren C:\\Windows\\System32\\catroot2 Catroot2.old
  5. When you have to restart ITS, Cryptographic, MSI Installer, and Windows Update Services which you have stopped in the third step. Type these commands and click Enter after each of them:
    net stop wuauserv
    net stop cryptSvc
    net stop bits
    net stop msiserver
  6. After executing the last command, type Exit in the Command and Prompt to close the program. Check if this method helped to fix 0x8e5e03fb error.

Method 5. Perform computer reset

Fix it now!
To repair damaged system, you have to purchase the licensed version of Fortect.

If none of the methods above helped to fix 0x8e5e03fb error in Windows 10, you should reset your computer. Before you start, we highly recommend creating copies of your files and storing them in the external (or cloud) drive. Once you reset your PC, Windows will be reinstalled. Therefore, all your files will be removed. After resetting your PC will include only pre-installed apps.

  1. Navigate to Start > Settings > Update & Security.
  2. Choose Recovery option in the left pane.
  3. Click Reset this PC option.
  4. Hit Get started button.
    Click "Get started" button
  5. In the blue “Choose an option” screen select Keep my files option.
    Click "Keep my files" option

Follow the instructions on the screen. Once computer reset is done, you should be able to install all Windows updates without any error.

Repair your Errors automatically team is trying to do its best to help users find the best solutions for eliminating their errors. If you don't want to struggle with manual repair techniques, please use the automatic software. All recommended products have been tested and approved by our professionals. Tools that you can use to fix your error are listed bellow:

do it now!
Download Fix
Compatible with Microsoft Windows
Still having problems?
If you failed to fix your error using Fortect, reach our support team for help. Please, let us know all details that you think we should know about your problem.
Fortect - a patented specialized Windows repair program. It will diagnose your damaged PC. It will scan all System Files, DLLs and Registry Keys that have been damaged by security threats.
This patented repair process uses a database of 25 million components that can replace any damaged or missing file on user's computer.
To repair damaged system, you have to purchase the licensed version of Fortect malware removal tool.

Access geo-restricted video content with a VPN

Private Internet Access is a VPN that can prevent your Internet Service Provider, the government, and third-parties from tracking your online and allow you to stay completely anonymous. The software provides dedicated servers for torrenting and streaming, ensuring optimal performance and not slowing you down. You can also bypass geo-restrictions and view such services as Netflix, BBC, Disney+, and other popular streaming services without limitations, regardless of where you are.

Don’t pay ransomware authors – use alternative data recovery options

Malware attacks, particularly ransomware, are by far the biggest danger to your pictures, videos, work, or school files. Since cybercriminals use a robust encryption algorithm to lock data, it can no longer be used until a ransom in bitcoin is paid. Instead of paying hackers, you should first try to use alternative recovery methods that could help you to retrieve at least some portion of the lost data. Otherwise, you could also lose your money, along with the files. One of the best tools that could restore at least some of the encrypted files –  Data Recovery Pro.

About the author
Jake Doe
Jake Doe - Computer technology geek

Jake Doe is the news editor at UGetFix. Since he met Ugnius Kiguolis in 2003, they both launched several projects that spread awareness about cybercrimes, malware, and other computer-related problems.

Contact Jake Doe
About the company Esolutions


What you can add more about the problem: "How to fix 0x8e5e03fb error in Windows 10?"