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Ah, Windows Update Error 0x80070057. What a fine error this is, of a dignified vintage, well-known to Windows users across the ages. Irritant to sysadmins across the land, this error has been plaguing our systems since at least Windows XP, arriving as an accompaniment to a number of system errors.

As such, it isn’t an entirely difficult error to fix, and I can show you exactly how to take care of it.

Unknown Error; Unspecified Parameters; Service Not Running

The message arriving with error 0x80070057 can vary, depending on where the error in the update service is found, but it is usually a variant of “Unknown error,” “Unspecified parameters encountered,” or simply that the “Required services are not running.” The update service or the activity you were engaged with then ends, plonking you firmly back to square one.

While this error hadn’t disappeared, the recent Windows 10 Anniversary Update, or Windows 10 Build 1607, has seen numerous reports of the error. As this error usually relates to the Windows Update process How to Manage Windows Update in Windows 10 How to Manage Windows Update in Windows 10 For control freaks, Windows Update is a nightmare. It's designed to operate in the background, automatically keeping your system safe and running smoothly. We show you how it works and what you can customize. Read More , many users were unhappy as their systems were left with either an uncompleted update process, temporarily “breaking” their system, or were simply forced back to Windows 10 Build 1507 (aka Threshold 1).

Error 0x80070057 usually occurs when:

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  • You are trying to back up your files, and there is a corruption.
  • You are trying to install a Windows operating system and the System Reserved Partition is corrupted.
  • Corrupt registry or policy entries are interfering with the Windows Update process.
  • There were some problems installing updates, and the system will attempt to try again later.

All jolly irritating, all jolly fixable.

We’ll Try Again Later

Following the Anniversary Update, some Windows 10 users are encountering the following Windows Update error message:

There were some problems installing updates, but we’ll try again later. If you keep seeing this and want to serach the web or contact support for information, this may help – (0x80070057).

There are a number of ways we can attempt to alleviate this issue.

Rename the SoftwareDistribution Folder

Press Windows key + R to open the Run dialogue, then type %SystemRoot% and press Enter. Scroll down to find the SoftwareDistribution folder. Rename this SoftwareDistributon.old. Now restart your computer, and attempt the update.

Change the Windows Registry

If this doesn’t work, we can make changes to the Windows Registry. Press Windows key + R to open the Run dialogue, then type regedit and press Enter.

Ensure the following registry entries match your own:

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\WindowsUpdate\UX] "IsConvergedUpdateStackEnabled"=dword:00000000
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\WindowsUpdate\UX\Settings] "UxOption"=dword:00000000

Make the changes if necessary, then reboot your system and attempt the upgrade.

The Parameter Is Incorrect

In this instance, the backup process begins, using Windows inbuilt service. The process fails, generating the message:

An internal error has occurred: The parameter is incorrect: (0x80070057)

Press Windows key + R to open the Run dialogue. Type regedit and press Enter. Now, find the following registry key:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\SystemCertificates

Right-click SystemCertificates, and create New > DWORD (32-bit) Value. Enter the name as CopyFileBufferedSynchronousIo, and set the Value to 1. Hit OK, then restart your system. Your backup should now complete!

Edit DWORD CopyFileBufferedSynchronousIo

Alter Decimal Symbol

Head to Control Panel > Clock, Language, and Region. Under Region, select Change date, time, or number formats. This will open a new panel. Select Additional Settings. Ensure there is a period (full-stop) next to the Decimal symbol option, then press Apply, and OK.

Windows 10 Customize Format

Group Policy Interference

This hasn’t been the case for everyone, but when Windows 10 was released many users (understandably) took affront This Is Why We Hate Windows Update This Is Why We Hate Windows Update The way Windows Update currently forces Windows 10 upgrades and updates on you is bad. Gavin examines what makes all of us hate Windows Update and what you can do against it. Read More to the archaic Windows Update system metered out How to Find Out Every Last Thing About Windows Update How to Find Out Every Last Thing About Windows Update Once a month on Patch Tuesday, Microsoft releases cumulative updates to all Windows users. We'll show you how to gather information about updates and which Windows Update settings you should be aware of. Read More by Microsoft. Windows 10 Home users were largely bound How to Access the Group Policy Editor, Even in Windows Home & Settings to Try How to Access the Group Policy Editor, Even in Windows Home & Settings to Try Group Policy is a power tool that lets you access advanced system settings. We'll show you how to access it or set it up in Windows Home and 5+ powerful Group Policies to boot. Read More  to this system, but Windows 10 Pro users had the option to alter their Group Policy settings 5 Ways to Temporarily Turn Off Windows Update in Windows 10 5 Ways to Temporarily Turn Off Windows Update in Windows 10 Windows Update keeps your system patched and safe. In Windows 10 you're at the mercy of Microsoft's schedule, unless you know hidden settings and tweaks. We'll help you keep Windows Update under control. Read More as to render the update system impotent.

However, interfering with this policy may be exactly what is causing the issue to the Windows Update process.

Press Windows key + R to open the Run dialogue. Type gpedit.msc and press Enter. Now follow this path Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Windows Update > Configure Automatic Updates > Not Configured.

Configure Automatic Updates Windows 10 Group Policy

Restart your system, and hopefully the update will now complete.

Use the System File Checker

Windows has an inbuilt System File Checker tool we can use to scan the system for any potentially corrupted files. This tool will detail and potentially fix any unexpected corruptions, returning the system to good working state.

Open an elevated Command Prompt by right-clicking the Start Menu and selecting Command Prompt (Admin). Now run the following command 15 CMD Commands Every Windows User Should Know 15 CMD Commands Every Windows User Should Know The command prompt is an antiquated tool from an era of text-based input. But some commands remain useful and Windows 8 even added new features. Find out which ones. Read More :

sfc /scannow

This command can take a little time to complete. Do not close the Command Prompt window until the verification is 100% complete. On completion, you’ll receive one of the following messages:

  • Windows Resource Protection did not find any integrity violations.
    Your system did not contain any corrupted files; you need to try another fix for this issue
  • Windows Resource Protection could not perform the requested operation.
    You need to reboot your system into Safe Mode, then run the command
  • Windows Resource Protection found corrupt files and successfully repaired them. Details are included in the CBS.Log %WinDir%\Logs\CBS\CBS.log.
    To view the details of what the System File Checker fixed, see the instructions below
  • Windows Resource Protection found corrupt files but was unable to fix some of them. Details are included in the CBS.Log %WinDir%\Logs\CBS\CBS.log.
    You’ll need to manually repair the corrupted files. Follow the below instructions to find the corrupted file, then manually replace with a known good copy of the file.

Windows 10 sfc no integrity violations

Access the Log

If you receive either of final pair of messages, you’ll probably want to have a look at the System File Check log. This is especially important if you received the final message.

First, you’ll need to open an elevated Command Prompt by right-clicking the Start menu and selecting Command Prompt (Admin). Now run the following command:

findstr /c:"[SR]" %windir%\Logs\CBS\CBS.log >"%userprofile%\Desktop\sfcdetails.txt"

Windows 10 findstr command

This will copy the details of the log to a plain notepad file that you’ll find on your desktop. As my Windows installation is pretty much brand new, I’m yet to encounter any issues. As such, my log looks like so:

Notepad sfc no integrity violations

However, if you had corrupted files that the SFC process was unable to automatically replace, you’ll spot some entries like this (taken from the Microsoft Support document on the System File Checker):

2007-01-12 12:10:42, Info                  CSI    00000008 [SR] Cannot
repair member file [l:34{17}]"Accessibility.dll" of Accessibility, Version =
6.0.6000.16386, pA = PROCESSOR_ARCHITECTURE_MSIL (8), Culture neutral,
VersionScope neutral, PublicKeyToken = {l:8 b:b03f5f7f11d50a3a}, Type
neutral, TypeName neutral, PublicKey neutral in the store, file is missing

Manually Replacing Corrupted Files

We can now replace the corrupted file with a known good copy, again using the Command Prompt. First, you’ll need to open an elevated Command Prompt by right-clicking the Start menu and selecting Command Prompt (Admin). We’ll now need to take administrative ownership of the corrupted file. Please note that in each listed instance you should replace pathandfilename with the information provided in the sfcdetails.txt created in the previous section.

Use the following command:

takeown /f pathandfilename

Windows 10 Command Prompt takeown command

Now use the following command to grant administrators full access to the corrupted file system:

icacls pathandfilename/grant administrators:F

Finally, replace the corrupted system file with a known good copy by using the following command:

copy sourcefile destinationfile

For instance, if you’ve copied a known good system file from a system running the same operating system (and same version, same build etc.) onto a USB, the command might look like this:

copy f:\usbstick\jscript.dll c:\windows\system32\jscript.dll

Using DISM

If the manual replacement is proving too difficult, or if there are too many files to replace, we can use the DISM command. DISM stands for Deployment Image & Serving Management, and we can use this command in an attempt to download and restore the systems file health How to Fix a Corrupted Windows 10 Installation How to Fix a Corrupted Windows 10 Installation System corruption is the worst that could happen to your Windows installation. We show you how to get Windows 10 back on track when suffering from BSODs, driver errors, or other unexplained issues. Read More . From an elevated Command Prompt, enter the following command:

DISM /Online /Cleanup-Image /RestoreHealth

Depending on your system health and the level of corruption present, this command could take a while to complete. This process has been known to appear to hang at 20%. If that happens, just wait for a while, it should continue of its own accord. Once it is finished, check if any files have been replaced. If they have, you’ll need to restart your computer, then run the sfc /scannow command again. It should replace the corrupted file this time around.

Reset Windows Update Repository

On occasion, we can reset the Windows Update repository in an attempt to relieve the issue. This is a somewhat lengthy process that I am not going to detail in this article.

However, I will point you to the Microsoft Support document that details the entire process, so you can attempt this fix with their information.

Windows Update Troubleshooter

I’m not sure how well the Windows Update Troubleshooter works for this error, as it can be directly affected by group policies and other system settings. But if you’re still unable to complete an update, it could be worth downloading and giving it a shot 5 Free Tools to Fix Any Problem in Windows 10 5 Free Tools to Fix Any Problem in Windows 10 It only takes five free programs and a few clicks to fix any problem or rogue setting on your Windows 10 PC. Read More . It can only fail, too, right? Right?!

Head to this page and download the Windows Update Troubleshooter. Once downloaded, run the troubleshooter. Select Windows Update, and then select Advanced, then Run as administrator. This will run the troubleshooter as an Administrator, and will be able find and resolve a wider range of issues How to Resolve Windows Update Problems in 5 Easy Steps How to Resolve Windows Update Problems in 5 Easy Steps Has Windows Update failed you? Maybe the download got stuck or the update refused to install. We'll show you how to fix the most common issues with Windows Update in Windows 10. Read More . Press Next.

The troubleshooter will automatically scan your system for issues affecting Windows Update. If any issues are found, the troubleshooter will automatically attempt to fix them, unless you unticked the automatic fix box.

Any Other Options?

Thought I was done? You’re wrong.

Some users have reported the Yamicsoft Windows 8 Manager to fix the Windows Update issues. I’ve not personally tried this fix, so I’d advise proceeding with relative caution, just in case the tool has some unexpected side-effects. You are warned.

I Have Updated Your Information

And your system should now be well and truly updated. As well as this, you now know how to take care of any other Windows Update issues that may appear in the future. So long as Microsoft continues with this system of enforced updates, the system will come under serious scrutiny when regular users are negatively affected. This isn’t the only issue that has come to light since the Anniversary Update with other users reporting random system freeze incidents.

Before Microsoft released its official fix, enterprising users worked together to make a semblance of what was going on. They managed to hack their way to a workaround, before Microsoft responded. However, users report that the official fix still doesn’t completely alleviate the issue, leaving many users with ongoing system issues.

Microsoft is sticking to its guns, but surely it must be time to consider a handbrake for updates, especially when choice has been removed from the users.

Are you pulling your hair out with Windows Update? Would you like to see the introduction of a Windows Update handbrake to allow issue resolution before public roll-out? Do you have any other ideas of how Microsoft could improve the update system? Let us know your thoughts below!

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    October 28, 2016 at 3:16 pm

    i tried everything! no way! didnt work anything! i´m sure microsoft is doing that on purpose. it is microsoft forcing users to migrate to windows 10 because windows 10 has spy keylogger to get data from users. microsoft is evil!

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