Bug fix for updates failed 0x800f0988

Microsoft recently released a new additional cumulative update KB4532693 for Windows 10 versions 1909 and 1903. This update comes after the February 2020 patch update, which fixes file explorer searches that don’t work, a problem with the boot menu, and many others.

But this update also causes problems that cause headaches for users. When users try to install the update, they get an error message:

There were some problems installing the update, but we’ll try again later. (Update for Windows 10 1909 (KB4528760) – Error 0x800f0988).

This Windows update error 0x800f0988 causes problems related to slow booting, performance, BSOD, Wi-Fi issues, and others. All of these issues must be resolved in order to continue with the installation and other tasks. Read this Techquack article to learn how to fix update error 0x800f0988.


Why does update 0x800f0988 not work?

Why does update 0x800f0988 not work?

Windows Update never checks for or installs updates. This problem can be caused by several reasons, such as

  • Windows registry
  • Windows file system
  • Internet access
  • Windows Update Service
  • Corruption of files
  • Improper configuration
  • Adware
  • Viruses and Malware


How do I fix error 0x800f0988 “Update failed”?

How do I fix error 0x800f0988 "Update failed"?

Clean up the WinSxS folder
  1. First, open the Windows 10 search tool by pressing the Windows + S key combination.
  2. In the search window that opens, type the keyword cmd.
  3. Right-click on the command prompt and select Run as administrator.
  4. Then type this command at the prompt: dism /online /cleanup-image /start-component cleanup and press Enter.
  5. Restart your computer after the command clears the WinSxS folder.

In Windows 10, you have several options for cleaning the WinSxS folder.
We have chosen the easiest and described the above procedure, so please feel free to apply these steps.

Troubleshooting Windows Update
  1. To run the 24/7 store, open the search utility.
  2. Enter the words “troubleshooter” in the search box.
  3. Click on “Troubleshooter Settings” to open the window that appears right below it.
  4. Select Windows Update and click Run Troubleshooter to launch it.
  5. Next, go through all the possible solutions suggested by the troubleshooter.

If error 0x800f0988 still occurs, Windows Update diagnostic tool can also be helpful to fix it. This is Microsoft’s official tool that helps Windows users solve problems related to updates, and we hope it will work for you as well.

Resetting Windows Update components
  1. Open the order prompt as an administrator.
  2. Enter these individual commands in the command line window:
    net stop wuauserv
    net stop crypt svc
    network stop bits
    net stop msi server
  3. Type ren C: WindowsSoftwareDistribution SoftwareDistribution.old at the command prompt and press Return.
  4. Then at the prompt, type ren C: WindowsSystem32catroot2.old and press Enter.
  5. Restart the services by entering the following commands:
    net start wuauserv
    net start crypt svc
    net start bits
    net start msi server

Resetting the upgrade components can also fix accumulated upgrade errors. Therefore, please follow the instructions.

Reset the Windows 10
  1. Type “Reset this PC” in the Windows 10 search box.
  2. Then click Reset this PC to open the window below.
  3. Click the “Start” button.
  4. Select the Save my files option.
  5. Click Next and the Reset button.

Users have confirmed that they have fixed error 0x800f0988 by resetting the PC. This procedure option will return your computer to a state similar to the one you first turned it on by deleting or saving programs and personal files, depending on the option selected.

Since Windows does everything automatically, it does not require much effort. Therefore, this procedure is worth trying.


Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Clear the "WinSxS" folder. First of all, open the Windows 10 search tool by pressing the key combination Windows + S.
  2. Run the Windows update diagnostic. To start troubleshooting, open the search tool.
  3. Reset Windows Update components.
  4. Reset Windows 10.

  1. Go to the Start menu -> type Run -> double-click the first result to run Run.
  2. Now type services.msc -> run windows services.
  3. Find the network list service -> right-click on it -> select "restart". You can also select "stop" and then "restart".
  4. Try updating your computer again to see if the error still persists.

Choose Start -> Settings -> Update and Security -> Windows Update -> Check for Updates, then install the available updates. If the problems aren't resolved, try running the diagnostic program again to check for other errors, or check the Troubleshooting section in Windows Update and follow the troubleshooting steps.

  1. Go to the Start menu / Search for msconfig.
  2. In the System Configuration window, click the Services tab.
  3. Select the Hide all Microsoft services checkbox so that they are not affected.
  4. Select Disable all services.
  5. Then click the Start tab and select Open Task Manager in the window.

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