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Fixing the Windows Update 0x80070005 Error

By hagrin - Posted on 15 August 2011

With our server administrator recently moving to a new position, I took the responsibility to make sure that all of our servers were up-to-date with patching. Little did I know that we had one server that had not been patched in a full year. Yikes! I went to patch the machine and received the 0x80070005 error code which doesn't tell you much.

Operating System - Windows 2003 Server

Searching Google yields so many different answers - many of which don't work. The fix, however, is so incredibly simple.

Just stop the Indexing Service.

It really is that easy. Stop the Indexing Service and then go to Windows Update and you will be able to download and install patches with no problems on your Windows 2003 Server machine. Hope this helps!