How to fix KB5016138 fails to install on Windows?

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Issue: How to fix KB5016138 fails to install on Windows?

Hello. For some reason, I keep getting update failures for KB5016138. I tried several times, but the update just doesn't install. I am using Windows 11. Some tips would be appreciated.

Solved Answer

Windows operating system has evolved a lot over the years. With the recent versions, Microsoft began supporting Windows as a service, which means that regular security, feature, cumulative, and other updates[1] are regularly shipped to users. They improve the stability of the device, improve existing or implement new features, patch security vulnerabilities,[2] deliver the latest drivers, and more. Without a doubt, updates are important for everyone and should not be neglected.

Windows update process is usually initiated automatically by pre-set settings, which guarantees timely arrival. The procedure can also be initiated manually – some users prefer to have it this way. Regardless of preferences, both types of update methods suffer from issues that prevent implementation.

Windows update errors are relatively common, and the most recent failure was related to KB5016138 when several users reported update failures. Usually, these instances are marked with an error code – most people said they had encountered a 0x800711c7 error when dealing with this problem, although others reported 0x80070643.

When KB5016138 fails to install, there are several ways of fixing it. System file corruption, general bugs, or similar issues might be causing the update to fail. Below you will find several solutions that should help you to resolve the error – try them out and see if any of them help you.

How to fix KB5016138 fails to install on Windows?

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Solution 1. Run the troubleshooter

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A troubleshooter is always a good place to start when dealing with Windows update issues.

  • Type Troubleshoot in Windows search
  • Select Additional troubleshooters
  • Find Windows Update from the list
  • Click it and select Run the troubleshooter
  • Apply the suggested fixes and restart your computer. Run troubleshooter

Solution 2. Run SFC and DISM

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If the corrupted system files are causing the updates to fail, you can try the following method:

  • Type cmd in Windows search
  • Right-click on Command Prompt and pick Run as administrator
  • When User Account Control shows up, click Yes
  • Use the following command lines, pressing Enter after each:
    sfc /scannow
    DISM /Online /Cleanup-Image /CheckHealth
    DISM /Online /Cleanup-Image /ScanHealth
    DISM /Online /Cleanup-Image /RestoreHealth
  • Restart your PC. Run SFC and DISM

Solution 3. Hide the update [workaround]

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Many people complained that Windows keeps bothering them about the update they can't install. If that's the case, you can simply hide the update until Microsoft addresses the issue with KB5016138.

  • Download the Show or Hide Updates Troubleshooter from the Microsoft website [direct download link]
  • Launch the wushowhide.diagcab file to begin the installation
  • Select Advanced and then Apply updates automatically, clicking Next after
  • Pick Hide updates, select KB5007651 from the list, and click Next
  • Apply changes and click Close. Hide Windows updates

Solution 4. Reset Windows update components

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Windows update caches might get bugged. Resetting Windows update components might be helpful.

  • Open Command Prompt as administrator as explained above
  • In the new window, paste in each of these commands, pressing Enter every time:
    net stop bits
    net stop wuauserv
    net stop appidsvc
    net stop cryptsvc
    Del “%ALLUSERSPROFILE%\Application Data\Microsoft\Network\Downloader\*.*”
    rmdir %systemroot%\SoftwareDistribution /S /Q
    rmdir %systemroot%\system32\catroot2 /S /Q
    regsvr32.exe /s atl.dll
    regsvr32.exe /s urlmon.dll
    regsvr32.exe /s mshtml.dll
    netsh winsock reset
    netsh winsock reset proxy
    net start bits
    net start wuauserv
    net start appidsvc
    net start cryptsvc
  • Restart your system. Reset Windows update components

Solution 5. Turn off S mode [workaround]

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Many users who had an issue with installing the update said they were using S mode.[3] Try disabling it if applicable:

  • Open Settings and select System
  • Pick Activation
  • In the Switch to Windows 11 Pro se, click the Open Store button Disable S mode
  • In the store, click Get
  • Restart your system and try updating again.

Solution 6. Install the update manually

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  • Open your browser and go to Microsoft Update Catalog
  • Type in KB5016138 and click Search
  • Find the correct version of the update for your operating system (to check this, right-click on Start and pick System. Under Device specifications and check the System type) and click Download Update manually
  • Use on-screen guidelines to finish the installation process and restart your PC.

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