Troubleshooting X80080008 error code – Unable to install applications

Are you trying to install applications on your Windows operating system, but it returns an error code every time: X80080008? This is a very common error when you try to install apps after upgrading your operating system to Windows 10 or if you just bought a new computer with Windows 10 installed.

The worst part is that sometimes you don’t even see the error code, and the app you’re trying to install might just get stuck. Then you have to stop the process to get rid of it. This is usually caused by a registry error in your Windows 10 system.

This can be annoying if you want apps to be installed so that you can start working on your system immediately. But the good news is that this problem is pretty easy to fix in the following three ways. Let’s look at how.


What causes error code X80080008 Unable to install applications

What causes error code X80080008 Unable to install applications

Another symptom of this problem is that you may not even get the above error message. Instead, it just loads the program you are trying to install and you need to close the process. This problem is usually caused by registry errors in Windows 8.1 or Windows 10, but downloading the program listed below and doing a few more system diagnostic steps can solve the problem.

Some features of your antivirus software may be interfering with your system and causing this error. Therefore, you should consider disabling some antivirus features for a while or the best solution is to install more compatible and powerful antivirus software that will not cause such errors in the future.


To fix error code X80080008 Unable to install applications

To fix error code X80080008 Unable to install applications

Clear the Windows Store cache
  1. Press and hold the Windows key and the R key.
  2. The Run window should now open.
  3. In the “Run” box, type the following: WSReset.exe without the quotes.
  4. Press the Enter key on your keyboard.
  5. When the process is complete, restart your Windows 10 device.
  6. Try downloading and installing applications after starting your Windows PC.
Run this script on a notepad
  1. Press and hold down the Windows key and the R key.
  2. Now type the following into the Run box: notepad.
  3. You should now have a notepad open.
  4. In notepad, write the following lines or just copy and paste them:
  5. Left-click the File button at the top left of Notepad.
  6. Left-click on the “Save As” function.
  7. In the File Name field, you should write app.bat.
  8. In the Storage Type field, select All Files.
  9. The location where the file will be saved should be on the desktop.
  10. Go to the desktop and right-click or hold your finger on the app.bat file you created.
  11. Left-click or click on “Run as administrator” in the menu that appears.
  12. Once the process is complete, restart your Windows 10 system.
  13. See if the app you want to download and install is now running.
Run the application diagnostics program
  1. Left-click or click on the following link.
  2. Download the troubleshooter here.
  3. Left-click or click on the save file function.
  4. Left-click or click the OK button.
  5. Navigate to the directory where Troubleshooter was downloaded and run the application.
  6. Allow the process to finish and close the Troubleshooter.
  7. Restart the Windows device.
  8. Try again to make sure that the problem is corrected.
Disable your antivirus software
  1. If you have antivirus software installed, try disabling it for the duration of this step.
  2. After disabling it, try downloading and installing the application causing the problem again.
Disable Windows Firewall
  1. Move the mouse cursor to the upper right side of the screen.
  2. Left-click on the search function in the menu that appears.
  3. Enter the following text in the search field: firewall without quotes.
  4. Left-click or click on the Windows Firewall icon that appears after the search.
  5. Left-click or select Allow application or function through Windows Firewall.
  6. Left-click or tap the “Edit Settings” function.
  7. You can now check the box next to the application that is causing you problems.
  8. If you do not see the application there, go back to the Windows Firewall screen and this time left-click on the option to enable or disable the Windows Firewall.
  9. Left-click on the Disable Windows Firewall function (not recommended).
  10. Try to make sure that the application you are having problems with can be downloaded and installed correctly. If so, your Windows firewall has blocked access to the application.
Check application compatibility

If you are experiencing this problem with a particular app, you should check the compatibility of the app with your Windows 8.1, 10 operating system. If not, you’ll have to wait for a new version to be released, as the app will likely display this error every time you try to download and install it.

Contact the developer of the app if this is a specific problem
  1. If it only happens with certain apps and they are compatible with Windows 8.1 or Windows 10, you should send an email to the app manufacturer by left-clicking or tapping the store icon on the Windows Start screen.
  2. Find the application that is causing you problems.
  3. Left-click or tap on the application.
  4. On the application description page, you will find the “Details” option.
  5. Navigate to the “Learn More” option.
  6. Left-click or click on the support link on this page.
  7. Here you will find all the information you need to contact the application publisher and get the help you need.
Additional Solutions

If the problem persists, here are some other solutions to fix it that you can use:

  1. Run an SFC scan: run the command line as administrator, type sfc / scan now, and press Enter.
  2. Disable VPN: If you use a VPN tool, disable it and try downloading the problematic app again.
  3. Update the Windows Store app, and install the latest operating system updates.


Frequently Asked Questions

In the Microsoft Store, choose View More -> My Library. Select the app you want to reinstall, then select Install. Run the Diagnostic Utility: Click the Start button, then select Settings -> Update and Security -> Troubleshooting, then select Run Diagnostic Utility from the Windows Store app list.

If you can't download apps, you need to uninstall "Google Play Store app updates" from "Settings" -> "Apps" > "All" (tab), scroll down and click on "Google Play Store" and then "Uninstall updates". Then try downloading the apps again.

  1. Open the "Settings" app on your device.
  2. Tap on "apps and notifications." See all apps.
  3. Scroll down and tap on Google Play Store.
  4. Tap Storage. Clear cache.
  5. Then tap Clear Data.
  6. Open the Play Store again and try downloading again.

If the date and time on your computer are not set correctly, you may have trouble installing apps from the Windows Store. You may even get a message: the time setting on your computer may not be correct. Go to your PC settings, verify that the date, time, and time zone are set correctly, and then try again.