Fix 0x8000ffff error in Windows 11

Error 0x8000ffff prevents you from using the Microsoft store. Altho it is not a critical error that will break Windows, it is annoying enough that will require fixing so we can use the store once again and install apps when we want to. Interesting thing is that this error was present inside Windows 10 as well causing some annoyance, you think Microsoft would learn, and then you see reality. Anyway, we have not come here to bash Microsoft, we came to solve errors.

0x8000ffff errorSo there are several problems that can cause this error like issues with accessing the Microsoft servers, corrupt system files, settings being misconfigured, malware infections, or conflicting applications. We will cover all solutions for each scenario taking approaches from most simple solutions to more complex ones. Follow the guide and let’s fix this annoyance.

Wait for Microsoft’s servers to become accessible

Yes, just wait. If the problem is tied to Microsoft servers having heavy load or being temporarily down there is not much you can do except for their tech team to resolve the issue. Go to Twitter or Facebook and check the Microsoft page to see if anyone else has this issue, if several people are reporting the same error then it is due to server problems. In this case, the only thing you can do is to wait.

Run troubleshooter

If servers are working fine then the issue is within your system so let’s get down to fixing. Most simple and easiest solution is to let Windows try and resolve the problem by itself. We will use troubleshooter for this, Windows’s integrated fixing solution:
Press ⊞ WINDOWS + I to open the settings app
Click on System in the left panel, then on Troubleshoot on the right
Click on Other troubleshooters
In most Frequent section find Windows Update and click on the Run button
Wait for the troubleshooter to finish and follow on-screen instructions

Clear Store cache

If the troubleshooter has not found the issue or was unable to repair it, the next step is cleaning the Microsoft store cache in order to eliminate corrupted or partial cache files.
Press ⊞ WINDOWS + R to open the run dialog
In run dialog type in: wsreset and press OK or press ENTER
A black screen will appear and it will not give any kind of feedback about progress, so it might seem like Windows has frozen, but do not panic nor try to do anything, this kind of behavior is normal, just wait for the process to finish and once it is done Microsoft store will launch with the cleared cache.

Disable Proxy

Proxy setting can interfere with establishing a connection to the store servers and if previous solutions have not worked we will check proxy next.
Press ⊞ WINDOWS + R to open the run dialog
Inside run dialog type: inetcpl.cpl and hit ENTER or press OK button
Inside Internet Properties click on the Connections tab and then on LAN settings
Uncheck the box next to Use a proxy server for your LAN and click on OK

Turn off antivirus

If nothing worked so far, turn off your anti-virus software, there is a slight possibility that your antivirus is misconfigured or preventing the system from accessing the store. Turn off antivirus and firewall to make sure that this is not an issue.

Delete the software distribution folder

So, we have tried a lot of things, and the error still persists? Let’s then go to the next step and delete the software distribution folder in order to be remade new so we can eliminate corruption in the folder itself. To do this follow the guide:
Press ⊞ WINDOWS + S to open the search menu
Inside search type in Windows terminal, right-click on the terminal and click on Run as administrator.
Confirm with YES on UAC prompt pop up
Inside terminal press CTRL + SHIFT + 2 to open command prompt
inside command prompt type in: net stop wuauserv and press ENTER
Then type in: net stop bits followed with ENTER
Next press ⊞ WINDOWS + R to open the run dialog
Inside run dialog type in C:\Windows\SoftwareDistribution and press the OK button or ENTER
File Explorer will open and you will find yourself inside SoftwareDistribution folder. Press CTRL + A to select all files inside
Press on the delete icon or press DEL, confirm with YES
Once all files are deleted, the system will redownload new ones.

Enable Cryptographic service

Windows 11 has come with a cryptographic service that aims to make your computer more secure but if the service is turned off it can be the cause of 0x8000ffff error. In order to turn this service back ON, follow the guide:
Press ⊞ WINDOWS + R to open the run dialog
In run dialog type in services.msc and press ENTER or click on the OK button
In the list find Cryptographic Services and double click on it
Inside properties click on Startup type dropdown menu and select Automatic from the list
Click on the Start button to run service and then on the OK button to save the changes

Run SFC scan

SFC is an internal Windows tool for fixing corrupt system files, application will scan all system files and repair ones that are corrupted. To run an SFC scan do the following:
Press ⊞ WINDOWS + S to open the search menu
Inside search type in Windows terminal, right-click on the terminal and click on Run as administrator.
Confirm with YES on UAC prompt pop up
Inside terminal press CTRL + SHIFT + 2 to open command prompt
inside command prompt type in: SFC /scannow and press ENTER
Wait for the whole process to finish and reboot your system

Run DISM scan

Similar to SFC, DISM scan will scan your system Windows image and if required it will repair it.
Press ⊞ WINDOWS + S to open the search menu
Inside search type in Windows terminal, right-click on the terminal and click on Run as administrator.
Confirm with YES on UAC prompt pop up
Inside terminal press CTRL + SHIFT + 2 to open command prompt
inside command prompt type in: DISM /Online /Cleanup-Image /RestoreHealth and press ENTER
Wait for the whole process to finish and restart your computer

Congratulations, you have just fixed the 0x8000ffff error in Windows 10 all by yourself. If you would like to read more helpful articles and tips about various software and hardware visit errortools.com daily.

Now that’s how you fix the 0x8000ffff in Windows 10 on a computer. On the other hand, if your computer is going through some system-related issues that have to get fixed, there is a one-click solution known as Restoro you could check out to resolve them.

This program is a useful tool that could repair corrupted registries and optimize your PC’s overall performance. Aside from that, it also cleans out your computer for any junk or corrupted files that help you eliminate any unwanted files from your system. This is basically a solution that’s within your grasp with just a click. It’s easy to use as it is user-friendly. For a complete set of instructions in downloading and using it, refer to the steps below

Perform a full system scan using Restoro. To do so, follow the instructions below.

  1. Download and install Restoro from the official site.
  2. Once the installation process is completed, run Restoro to perform a full system scan.
  3. After the scan is completed click the “Start Repair” button.
restoro application screen
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