How to fix Your Device is Missing Important Security and Quality Fixes?

Issue: Hello, I am having trouble installing the latest update on Windows 10. I receive the following error: “Your Device is Missing Important Security and Quality Fixes.” The error code is 0x80080005. I tried waiting a few days, hoping that the issue would resolve itself, but it didn't. Any suggestions on how to approach this? Tips appreciated.

Solved Answer

One of the best features of the Windows 10 operating system is that it's a service, meaning updates happen regularly to keep everything fresh and secure – security patches are extremely important to prevent cyberattacks from happening. Patch Tuesday happens every month on either the second or fourth Tuesdays – whichever falls later in your calendar year.

At the time of the writing, we received 13 major OS upgrades,[1] each of which includes UI[2] changes, implementation of new features, bug[3] fixes, etc. Not always everything goes smoothly, however, as many users have encountered issues when trying to upgrade Windows to the latest version. “Your Device is Missing Important Security and Quality Fixes” is the most common error which users can encounter during the update process of the OS.

The error is not really tied to a particular error code and other peculiarities, which means that you may receive several different error codes when encountering this error, for example:

It is also important to note that the error message might differ from user to user, although it mostly explains why the update failed, e.g., some problems during the installation process, some update files are missing or that the update service was shutting down.

In most cases, these issues are related to incompatibilities or bugs within the update itself, and not necessarily with your PC hardware or software, although the latter should not be dismissed. Despite this, the reason is very important when trying to find the solution that would help you fix the “Your Device is Missing Important Security and Quality Fixes” error.

How to fix Your Device is Missing Important Security and Quality Fixes?

Since there could be many reasons for the error to show up, there are also many ways of fixing it. Below you will find multiple solutions – from the easiest to more complicated ones at the end. You can always try to avoid more difficult methods with the help of a PC repair and maintenance tool FortectMac Washing Machine X9, as it is designed to find damaged or missing Windows sectors and repair them automatically.

Fix 1. Run Windows Update troubleshooter

As already mentioned, let's start with the easier solutions first. If you still haven't done so, please run the built-in troubleshooter:

  • Type Troubleshoot in Windows search and press Enter
  • Click the Additional troubleshooters option on the right
  • Find Windows update section
  • Click Run the troubleshooter and wait Run Windows update troubleshooter
  • Once finished, Windows will offer you ways of solving the problem.

Fix 2. Run SFC and DISM scans

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Corrupted system files might be causing Windows updates to fail. You can fix that by running System File Checker:

  • Type cmd in Windows search bar
  • Right-click on Command Prompt result and select Run as administrator
  • When User Account Control (UAC) shows up, click Yes
  • Use the following command and hit Enter:
    sfc /scannow Run SFC scan
  • If the scan reports that it managed to fix integrity violations, reboot your system and see if that helped to resolve the issue. If not, copy and paste the following commands into Command Prompt, pressing Enter after each:
    DISM /Online /Cleanup-Image /CheckHealth
    DISM /Online /Cleanup-Image /ScanHealth
    DISM /Online /Cleanup-Image /RestoreHealth
  • Finally, restart your PC.

Fix 3. Reinstall Windows updates

If the most recent Windows updates were not installed correctly, you might experience a “Your Device is Missing Important Security and Quality Fixes” error. You can easily uninstall the latest updates and then initiate the update install process once again:

  • Type Control Panel in Windows search and hit Enter
  • Go to Programs > Uninstall a program
  • Select View installed updates
  • From the list, uninstall the most recent Windows update (right-click > Uninstall) Reinstall Windows updates
  • After a reboot, try updating Windows again.

Fix 4. Reboot relevant services

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  • Type in Services in Windows search and hit Enter
  • Scroll down to find Background Intelligent Transfer Service (BITS) and double-click it
  • If the service is not running, select Automatic from the drop down menu and click Start Set BITS service to automatic
  • Finish up with Apply an OK
  • If the service is already running, right-click on it (from the list) and select Restart Restart Windows update server
  • Do the same for Windows update service.

Fix 5. Reset Windows update components

If the above method did not help (you might not have sufficient permission to (re)start certain services), you can try using Command Prompt instead, also deleting the remnant Windows update files which could be causing the problem in the first place:

  • Open Command Prompt as administrator as explained above
  • Copy and paste each of these command lines, pressing Enter each 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 Reset Windows update components

Fix 6. Install the update manually

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  • Type Updates in Windows search and hit Enter
  • Click View update history
  • Here, note down the KB number which failed to be installed, for example, KB5004237
  • Go to the official Microsoft Update Catalog website Visit Microsoft Update Catalog
  • Type the KB number into search bar and press Enter or click Search
  • You will find many different versions on the update – you need to find the one that matches your PC specs and Windows version (as a home user, ignore Windows server versions)
  • Right-click on Start and pick System
  • Under Device specifications, check the System type section: it should either be 64-bit or 32 bit
  • Now, scroll down to Windows specifications and check the Version section
  • With all this information, pick the correct version for your device Check your Windows information

Fix 7. Perform in-place upgrade using Media Creation Tool

  • Go to the official Microsoft website and download Media Creation Tool
  • Launch the installer, agree to terms and click Next
  • Select Upgrade this PC now, click Next Perform in-place upgrade
  • Wait till Windows downloads all the necessary files
  • Reboot your system.

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