How Does Formatting Your OS Partition Affect the Bit Locker Encrypted Partition?


About BitLocker encryption

Bit Locker is a way of protecting your hard drive by means of full disk encryption. It protects your hard drive from offline attack, meaning your data will be protected when a malicious user gets access to your hard drive physically. BitLocker makes the drive unreadable, so the data on it cannot be accessed.

BitLocker is designed in such a way that your hard drive data does not go into wrong hands, but at the same time, it makes it easy for PC owners (or the admin) to access the drive in the event of a failure. Also, another advantage of using BitLocker is that you can encrypt only select partitions on the hard drive.

What happens to the BitLocker partition when you format the primary partition that houses the OS?

Say for instance you have a BitLocker encrypted partition on your hard drive and you format the primary partition that contains the OS. What happens in these situations?

It is always recommended that you decrypt the Bit Locked partitions and then format the OS containing partition. But in the event that you have formatted the OS partition without decrypting Bit Locked partitions, you will find that the Bit Locked partitions will be locked.

To unlock these encrypted partitions, you will need the recovery key. This is the key you are asked to create during the initial set up the BitLocker encryption. This key is required if you are locked out of your hard drive or if the hard drive isn’t unlocking normally. You can have the key printed, written down, saved in a file or on an external drive or saved online in a Microsoft account.

If you enter the recovery key, you will be allowed to access the drive and its contents. You can follow the steps below to unlock the BitLocker encrypted partition on your hard drive using the recovery key:

  1. Boot into your system and type ‘Control Panel’ in the taskbar search
  2. Open Control Panel > System & Security > BitLocker Drive Encryption


  1. Locate the drive you wish to unlock and click Unlock drive


  1. Enter the password and then select More Options > Enter Recovery key


After you’ve entered the recovery key, the drive will be unlocked and you can access all the files on it. However, if you don’t have the recovery key and you wish to access files on the Bit Locker encrypted partition, make use of data recovery tools like Remo Recover to recover data from BitLocker partitions. It has the ability to recover data from encrypted as well as password protected partitions. This tool is also capable of recovering data from formatted Bit Locker partitions.

If you don’t have any important data on the drive, you can choose the ‘Reset This PC’ option. This will wipe all data on the drive, but reset your PC giving you the option to use the drive again.


Guide to Fix File System Error (- 2147219196) on Windows 10

Fix File System error-2147219196

Fix File System error-2147219196

Error Code:

File System Error (- 2147219196).


The “File System Error (- 2147219196)” appears when the user opens an image, file or try to move a folder in Windows 10 operating systems. The error is seen after the recent Windows update as reported by several users.


  • Windows update
  • Corrupt or mismatched system files
  • Virus attack
  • Corrupt hard drive
  • Bad sectors
  • Installed applications conflict
  • File system encryption
  • Outdated driver software, etc.


How to Fix File System Error (- 2147219196)?

Step 1: Update Windows

  • Type Windows update in the Cortana and select Windows Update Settings.
  • Click Check for Updates button and allow Windows to check available updates.
Check for updates

Check for updates

Download and install updates if, any found and restart your computer to verify the file system error (- 2147219196) is solved.

Step 2: Run Virus Scan

  • Open Windows Defender and click on Virus & threat protection.
Windows Defender

Windows Defender

  • In Windows Defender Security Centre, choose “Run a new advanced scan” option.
  • Select Full scan and hit the Scan Now button.

Run a new advanced scan

Wait till the scanning process get completed.

Step 3: Run CHKDSK

Go to Start menu, type cmd. Right-click on Command Prompt and select Run as Administrator. Hit Yes or Allow button to launch the CMD window.

Next, type chkdsk /f/r and press Enter button.

When it is prompted to run a scan the next time you restart the computer, type Y and click Enter.

Type chkdsk command

Type chkdsk command

If, your hard drive is having unfixable bad sectors or it is damaged beyond repair then, you have to format it. It is recommended to retrieve data off a damaged hard drive or from a corrupt disk before you format it since formatting erases your entire data from the affected drive.

In case you want to fix a corrupted hard drive without formatting then, take assistant of a technical expert and fix the drive.

Step 4: Disk Cleanup

  • Open Command Prompt (Run as administrator), type below commands and press Enter key after each:

DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Scanhealth

DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth

Type dism-cmd

Type dism-cmd

Each command will some little time to complete the scan process. When done, restart your system.

Step 5: Run SFC

  • Launch elevated Command Prompt (Run as administrator), type sfc /scannow and hit Enter key.
Type sfc-scannow

Type sfc-scannow

Stop using the computer until SFC finishes the scanning process. After done you will see any one of the below messages:

  • Windows Resource Protection did not find any integrity violations- Close CMD window
  • Windows Resource Protection could not perform the requested operation– If so, then try running the SFC in Safe Mode
  • Windows Resource Protection found corrupt files and successfully repaired them Corrupt files are fixed so, restart your system
  • Windows Resource Protection found corrupt files but was unable to fix some of themCheck log file and manually replace corrupt files

Step 6: Reset Theme and Store Cache

  • Right-click on the desktop and select Personalize option.
  • Select Themes. Under Apply a theme, select Windows 10.
  • Next, open the Run app (press Windows R keys), type WSReset.ext and hit OK.
Run window reset cache

Run window reset cache

  • Once the resetting store cache is done, reboot the computer.

Step 7: Disable Encryption

  • Open Control Panel and click on the System and Security button.
  • Next, select BitLocker Drive Encryption from the shown options.
  • Make sure you will see the “BitLocker off” tag for all drives/partitions.
Bit Locker

Bit Locker

  • If any of the drives are BitLocker encrypted, then Turn Off BitLocker for it.
  • Restart the system and check File System Error (- 2147219196) is solved.

How to Fix When NTFS Partition is in an Unsafe State


“NTFS partition is in an unsafe state. Please resume and shutdown Windows fully” is the error message encountered by users who are running dual boot Windows 8.1/10 either with Linux or Ubuntu.

Typically, this error code appears when you are working on Windows partitions through Linux or Ubuntu. You don’t have to worry about Windows system files or the hard disk drive when you face the error code “NTFS partition is in an unsafe state. Please resume and shutdown Windows fully”.

Since the Windows failed to shut down completely when you attempt to turn off Windows, this error pops up. So, shutting down Windows completely, disabling fast startup, and few other solutions can resolve “NTFS partition is in an unsafe state. Please resume and shutdown Windows fully” error in no time.

Step-by-Step Instructions to Solve ‘NTFS Partition Is in an Unsafe State. Please Resume and Shutdown Windows Fully’ Error:

Step 1: Shutdown Windows Completely

Latest versions of Windows operating systems like Windows 8.1, 10 places the RAM contents onto the hard drive before shutting down. This mechanism is to reboot the OS with less span of time next time. So, the startup is faster in recent Windows editions compared to earlier. Even though it is an advantage, it prevents the user from accessing the Windows volume under other operating systems in dual boot. Hence, it gives rise to “NTFS partition is in an unsafe state. Please resume and shutdown Windows fully” error.

To fix this:

1. Save and close all your opened documents. Reboot your Windows OS.

2. Hold down Windows and R keys together when Windows is still loading.

3. Type shutdown -s -t 00 in Run window and click OK key.

Run shutdown code

Run shutdown code

Wait until your system shut down completely. Once done, wait for few seconds and start the computer. Ensure you are booting into Ubuntu or Linux (whichever you use).

Step 2: Disable Fast Startup

Above solution might resolve the error “NTFS partition is in an unsafe state. Please resume and shutdown Windows fully” after the reboot. But, disabling fast startup might fix it permanently. So, if you are running dual boot with Windows and Linux/Ubuntu and don’t use Windows often then disabling the fast startup is recommended.

Steps to Disable Fast Startup:

1. Open Control Panel and select Power Options.

Control Panel - Power Options

Control Panel – Power Options

2. On the left pane, click “what the power button does”.

Select What the Power button does option

Select Choose what the Power button does option

In earlier Windows versions, navigate to Control Panel select Hardware and Sound -> Power Options -> Choose what the power buttons do.

3. Next, opt to Change settings that are currently unavailable under System Settings (under Advanced settings in old Windows editions).


Select Change settings that are currently unavailable

4. Uncheck Turn on fast startup option and Save changes.

Unselect Turn on fast startup

Step 3: Fix and Mount NTFS Partition

In case you are unable to mount Windows NTFS volume due to the error “The NTFS partition is in an unsafe state. Please resume and shutdown Windows fully” when using dual boot then, use “ntfsfix” command.

It is a Windows command available to repair the NTFS volume. It can easily fix errors related to MFT, MFT Mirror, file system inconsistencies, etc. So, follow below procedure and fix NTFS volume; then mount it.

Even if running the “ntfsfix” code cannot help you in mounting the drive, then it seems your partition is broken. And, you have to make use of a result-oriented NTFS partition recovery software to restore your data from the affected volume.

Wondering which program to use for recovering NTFS partition data? Then, try Remo Recover Windows an award-winning data recovery tool to recover data from lost, deleted, inaccessible, corrupt, or damaged NTFS, and NTFS5 partitions in just 2 clicks. The tool can even unformat NTFS drives on any version of Windows operating system. The program is even compatible to support data recovery from FAT, ExFAT, HFS, HFSX file systems on RAID arrays.

To run “ntfsfix”:

1. Open elevated Command Prompt.

2. Type sudo ntfsfix /dev/sdXY and hit Enter key.

ntfsfix command

Type ntfsfix command

3. In the above command, replace X with your Drive Letter and Y with Partition Number.

For example, consider “sudo ntfsfix /dev/sdc1”, “sudo ntfsfix /dev/sda2”, “sudo ntfsfix /dev/sdb1”, etc. where c, a, and b are Drive Letters and 1, 2, and 1 are Partition Numbers.


C Drive Filling Up by Itself on Windows 10 – How to Fix?

Its usual for hard drives to consume space as and when files are added. But what’s bizarre is when the hard drive fills up in a short period of time and gives you a low space warning. Here, in this blog, we address this issue of hard drive space (C: drive) filling up too quickly and explain the reasons for this issue. We also provide solutions to resolve this problem. So, read this article to reclaim your C: drive space now in Windows 10.

Steps to Reclaim space on C: drive in Windows 10

For the most part, we all understand that the C: drive consists of operating system files, system files, and applications. But there are also many other things stored on the C: drive that not many of us are aware of. Let’s try to understand these files and learn how to reclaim space on the hard drive.

  1. Cache and temporary files:

In order to make your browsing experience better and fast, your browser saves cache files on your hard drive. Over time, these files can grow in number and occupy a ton of space.

Similar to cache, temporary files are files saved on your C: drive when you install a program or application. These temp files can occupy a large amount of space over time. Deleting these two files: cache and temp files on your C: drive will help you free up some space and let’s see how you can do that in Windows 10.

  • Search for Disk Clean up in the taskbar. When the icon appears in the results, click on it
Open Disk Cleanup

Open Disk Cleanup

  • In the new dialogue that opens, select C: drive
Select Drive

Select Drive

  • Disk Cleanup will calculate the amount of space you can free up and opens a new window. In the window, select ‘Temporary Files’ and click Ok
Delete Temporary Files

Delete Temporary Files

  1. Restore points and shadow copy files

Restore points are essentially backups of your system mainly comprising of Windows Registry files. These restore points store certain portions of your OS and may not be the best backup to completely rely on.

Similarly, there are files known as volume shadow copy files that save old versions of files. This helps you get back access to files if you accidentally overwrite them.

If you have a good backup strategy like a disk image or something similar, then restore points and volume shadow copy files may not be useful and can be deleted. Deleting these files will free up a ton of space on your C: drive.

  • In the taskbar, type ‘Create a restore point’ and click on the icon to open it
  • Choose ‘C:’ drive under System Protection tab and click Configure
  • Set the ‘Max disk usage’ to a maximum of 5% or 10% to make sure these restore points don’t occupy more than this assigned percentage. You can also choose to ‘Delete all restore points’ to delete the restore points and get the space back.
  • Optionally, you can also choose to Disable System Protection completely to turn off Volume Shadow Files and save some space going forward.

If you want to delete old volume shadow files, there is an option to do that through Disk Clean up tool as explained in Solution 1.

  1. Corrupt file systems

File systems can get corrupted if the system doesn’t shut down properly or if the system is turned OFF in the middle of a write cycle. And corrupt file systems can result in errors such as C: drive filling up too soon etc. In order to solve this problem, you can run a tool called CHKDSK using the steps explained below.

  • Open Windows Explorer and right click on ‘C:’ drive
  • Then select Properties > Tools
  • Under the Error Checking tab, select Check Now

Once CHKDSK completes, disk errors should be fixed. Now, check if the C: drive shows the right amount of available space.

  1. Run anti-virus scan

C: drive filling up by itself can also be due to virus/malware on your computer. In this case, you can run an anti-virus scan on your system to eliminate this issue.

Data recovery using Remo Recover

If none of these solutions help you resolve the C: drive space error and if the drive has turned inaccessible, it is most likely corrupted. In that case, you will need to recover data and then format the hard drive. And to recover data from inaccessible or corrupt hard drives, Remo Recover is the perfect solution.

Remo Recover can recover data from corrupt hard drives, USB flash drives, SD cards, and other storage devices. It is also a partition recovery tool that can recover damaged partitions and lost partitions.


Fix “Make Sure the File Is in an NTFS Volume and Isn’t in A Compressed Folder or Volume” Error


The latest Windows operating system versions like Windows 8, 8.1 and 10 can mount ISO image files without using any third-party ISO mounter. Wherein earlier Windows systems, you need a tool to mount image files.

However, few users are still unable to make use of this enhancement added in the newest Windows editions due to the error messages displayed when mounting ISO files.

And, “make sure the file is in an NTFS volume and isn’t in a compressed folder or volume” error code is the one among them, preventing several users from mounting the image file through Windows Explorer.

So, let’s see what is causing the “make sure the file is in an NTFS volume and isn’t in a compressed folder or volume” error on Windows 10, 8.1 or 8 computers and possible solutions to fix it.


Main factors responsible for the error “make sure the file is in an NTFS volume and isn’t in a compressed folder or volume” are Windows security update and the location of your ISO image file.

It is reported that numerous users started experiencing “make sure the file is in an NTFS volume and isn’t in a compressed folder or volume” error after they updated the system with Windows security update KB4019472. Also, the location of your downloaded ISO Image File plays a major role, so it is considered as the prime cause for the error code.

How to Fix Make Sure the File Is in an NTFS Volume and Isn’t in A Compressed Folder or Volume Error?

Step 1: Move ISO Image File to Another Location

Change the download folder of your ISO image file. Copy the file to another location of your drive. Or move it to other volume/drive then, try to mount it using Windows Explorer to check whether moving the file to new location solves the error “make sure the file is in an NTFS volume and isn’t in a compressed folder or volume”.

Step 2: Undo Windows Update

If you have encountered “make sure the file is in an NTFS volume and isn’t in a compressed folder or volume” error message after updating Windows with KB4019472 Windows 10 update then, removing the update might help you in fixing the error.

Here is how to undo Windows update:

  • Open Settings wizard (press Windows and I key simultaneously).
  • Click the Update & Security button.


  • Select View update history option.


  • Click Uninstall updates link.


  • In Installed Updates window, select Update for Microsoft Windows (KB4019472). Click the Uninstall button.


  • Reboot the system and try to mount the ISO file.

Step 3: Run Windows PowerShell  

Try to remove sparse files in ISO image using Windows PowerShell using the below instructions:

  • In the Start menu search Windows PowerShell, right-click on the PowerShell app and select Run as administrator.


  • Type fsutil sparse setflag “C:\FilePath\FileName.iso” 0 and press Enter key.


  • Now, mount your ISO Image file to check whether the error “make sure the file is in an NTFS volume and isn’t in a compressed folder or volume” is fixed.
  • If none of the above resolutions help you then, try a third-party software and mount the ISO file.

Added Info:

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How to Conveniently Fix FAT File System Error?

Fix FAT file system error

Fix FAT file system error

Numerous Windows users have encountered Blue Screen of Death: FAT file system error after upgrading their operating system to the latest version like Windows 10 or after installing a new hardware component. Since it’s a startup error, the user cannot boot the affected computer.

So, in this informative editorial, it is explained how to fix FAT file system error in an easy way along with the probable reasons responsible for the appearance of the error message.

Error Code:

“Your PC ran into a problem and needs restart. We’re just collecting some error info, and then we’ll restart for you.”

“If you’d like to know more, you can search online later for this error FAT FILE SYSTEM (fastfat.SYS)”


Below listed are the main possible reasons for your computer to display a FAT file system error.

  • Outdated/faulty driver software or driver conflict with system files
  • Corrupt file system
  • Damaged/broken system files
  • Virus attack
  • Corrupt hard drive or bad sectors on the disk

Step-by-Step Instructions to Fix FAT File System Error:

Step 1: Remove Externally Connected Devices

Remove all portable devices connected externally to your computer including the external hard drive, keyboard, mouse, etc. Now restart your system and check whether the FAT file system error is resolved or not.

If the error is fixed and your computer boots normally then it is clear that one of your removable devices is damaged/faulty. To find out the culprit, connect one device at a time and see which one gives the FAT file system error. Finally, replace the affected device with a new one.

Step 2: Scan Your Computer for Virus

Most of the times, severe virus attack on a healthy computer makes it unbootable and gives various error messages. Hence, running an antivirus scan to get rid of the virus or any other malicious scripts from the system is recommended to resolve FAT file system error.

Procedure to run a virus scan when the system is not booting:

  • Shut down the computer using the power button
  • Turn it ON and press F8 key before Windows loads
  • Select Safe Mode in the Advanced Boot Options
Select Safe Mode advanced boot options

Select Safe Mode in Advanced Boot Options

  • Now, your system enters into Safe Mode; try to run the antivirus scan

Step 3: Update Drivers

Outdated, missing, corrupt or damaged driver software is one of the motives for the FAT file system error on Windows operating system. So, you have to update existing drivers and remove faulty one from the system in order to fix this error code.

Since your system is not booting due to the BSOD FAT file system error, you need to boot your computer in Safe Mode then, update drivers. Here is how to do it.

  • Turn OFF the system using the power button
  • Power it and press F8 key before Windows loads
  • Click Safe Mode or Safe Mode with Command Prompt in the Advanced Boot Options
Safe Mode or Safe Mode with cmd

Select Safe Mode or Safe Mode with Command Prompt

  • Once the computer boots, open Device Manager from the Start menu if, you have selected “Safe Mode” in the last step
Open Device Manager from start menu

Open Device Manager from start menu

  • Type devmgmt.msc and press Enter key, in case you have opted “Safe Mode with Command Prompt” option
Type devmgmt.msc

Type devmgmt.msc

  • In Device Manager, find and select the device for which you need to update driver software, right-click and select Update/Update Driver Software…
Update Driver Software

Update Driver Software

  • Next, select Search automatically for updated driver software to update software automatically
  • Else, go for Browse my computer for driver software to update your drivers manually
Update option

Update options

  • Complete the process

Step 4: Run System File Checker

SFC (System File Checker) scans and repairs corrupt or damaged system files present in your Windows computer. So, running it may fix corrupt file system and Windows files; hence FAT file system error.

To run SFC:

  • Boot your computer into Safe Mode with Command Prompt (as described earlier)
  • In the Command Prompt, type sfc /scannow and hit Enter key.
Type sfc scannow

Type sfc /scannow

  • Wait until you see the message “The operation completed successfully” or “Windows Resource Protection did not find any integrity violations” and close Command Prompt.
  • Now, boot your system normally and see FAT file system error is resolved.

Step 5: Run Check Disk

Running CHKDSK tool on your hard drive helps in detecting and repairing the file system errors, drive issues and bad sectors. So, if bad sectors or corrupt hard drive is causing the FAT file system then running CHKDSK can fix it.

Steps to run CHKDSK:

  • Open Command Prompt in Safe Mode.
  • Type chkdsk /f /r and press Enter.
  • Press Y if you are prompted to schedule the scan and reboot the system.


Once the CHKDSK scanning process gets completed, boot your system normally.

Note: It is recommended to recover data from hard drive with bad sectors before you start CHKDSK. Because, running CHKDSK on a hard drive, external hard drive, USB drive, or on any other storage drive having bad sectors may result in data loss. So, connect your drive to another working computer and recover data from it first.

If you are unable to recover data from the drive in this way then, make use of an effective data recovery program like Remo Recover and safely restore your files from the affected hard disk. This program can assuredly recover corrupted FAT32 partition, FAT 16, FAT, NTFS, etc. file system formatted storage devices in an hassle-free way.


How to Partition and Format an SSD on Windows 10/8/7



SSD, short for solid state drive is a type of hard disk that uses flash memory instead of rotating magnetic platters (like in traditional HDD’s). SSD’s are slowly but surely replacing the traditional HDD’s. Not only do the SSD’s offer better performance and speed, but they are also more reliable. This is because SSD’s don’t consist of any moving parts, hence the wear and tear on the device are very less over time. Secondly, SSD’s consume considerably less power than that of HDD’s. Despite these advantages, the only reason SSD’s are not preferred is due to their high prices. But with time as the prices reduce, SSD’s will surely rule the market.

Getting started

Before proceeding with partitioning and formatting an SSD, first of all, make sure you don’t have any data on it. If you have any data, make a backup using an external storage device. This is a very important step because formatting/partitioning will erase the drive clean.

Partitioning and formatting an SSD

Once you have made a backup of the data on your SSD, proceed with the following steps for partitioning and formatting it.

  1. Connect the SSD to your computer through a USB cable. If the SSD is built in, you don’t have to worry about this step.
  2. Then click Windows + X keys and select Disk Management from the menu that opens.
  3. If the SSD you are trying to partition is new, then it will not be initialized. In that case, you will receive a pop-up window asking if you want to initialize the drive. Here, choose from the 2 partitioning styles ‘MBR’ or ‘GPT’ and click Ok.

Please note that for a drive greater than 2TB, you must select GPT partitioning style. And if you are using a Windows XP system, choose MBR.


Initialize Disk

  1. Now that you have accepted to initialize the drive, it is ready to be partitioned and formatted. If you wish you can create more than one partition. To do so, you need to shrink the existing volume first and create an ‘Unallocated space’ and then follow the steps from Step 5 onwards. But in this guide, we are considering only one partition.
  2. Since the drive, we are using in this example is a new drive with no data, the free space will be indicated as ‘Unallocated Space’. Right click on ‘Unallocated Space’ and select New Simple Volume.
Select New Simple Volume

Select New Simple Volume

  1. A New Simple Volume wizard will now open; click Next to proceed with the format process.
  2. In the next screen, you will be asked to choose the ‘size of the volume’ you wish to create.
  3. Next, assign a drive letter for the volume and click Next.
Assign Drive Letter

Assign Drive Letter

  1. In the next screen, select the Quick Format option and click Next.
Select Quick Format

Select Quick Format

  1. Finally, click the Finish button to complete the format process.

Once the process is complete, your drive is partitioned and formatted and ready to use. In the steps explained above, we have the terms ‘partition’ and ‘volume’. Just to clarify what the two terms mean, let us get to their definitions.

Partition is a name for a logical division on the hard disk. These partitions should be formatted and mounted before it can be used. That is data can be read and written into the disk only when the partition is formatted and mounted.

A volume, on the other hand, is a partition that has been formatted using a file system. Once formatted, the OS will recognize the file system and mount it. Once mounted, data can be read and written to the drive.

Remo Recover, a D-I-Y software for data recovery

As we’ve already discussed above, the first thing you need to do before partitioning or formatting an SSD is to backup data. Failing to do so can be disastrous as all data on the drive will be wiped clean. If you have encountered such a situation, there is nothing to worry, thanks to the data recovery tool called Remo Recover.

Remo Recover is specially designed to recover data from formatted or partitioned drives. It can be used to recover data from SSDs as well as HDDs, SATA, IDE, SCSI drives and more. As far as recovered data is concerned, it will be in the same manner as the original.


5 Solutions to Resolve the Windows Error ‘0x80004005’

Here, we discuss an error ‘0x80004005’ that occurs on Windows systems. Since it reads as an unspecified error, it can be hard to identify the exact cause of the error. But don’t worry, here we provide simple and effective solutions that have worked for many users.

Fix error 0x80004005

Here’s how to solve the error ‘0x80004005’

  1. Run Windows Update Troubleshooter

If you see the error ‘0x80004005’ when installing a Windows update, then you can run the Windows Update troubleshooter. The troubleshooter will resolve problems related to updates and also restart certain programs which are causing trouble. After running the troubleshooter, you can try updating Windows again.

To run the Windows Update Troubleshooter, please follow the troubleshooting guide below.

  • Click on the Start menu and select Settings
  • Go to Update & Security > Troubleshoot
  • Select Windows Update and click Run the Troubleshooter

Update Troubleshooter

  • Then restart your computer and try to update Windows again. This should help resolve the error. If not, proceed to the next solution in this guide.
  1. Run System File Checker

System File Checker is a tool to check corrupt system files and replace them. Due to various reasons like viruses, corruption in the hard drive etc. system files may get corrupted and need repair. In order to repair these system files, SFC can be used. It is a built-in tool that needs to be run using the Command Prompt.

To run SFC,

  • In the Windows search bar, type ‘command prompt’
  • When you find the Command prompt tool, right click on it and select Run as Administrator

Open Command prompt

  • When the command prompt opens, type ‘sfc /scannow’

The system will now scan the system files. If it finds any corrupt files, they are replaced by healthy ones. However, if SFC cannot repair the corrupt files, you can try and make use of DISM tool, also available through the command prompt, which is explained in the next step.

  1. Run DISM

In cases when SFC cannot repair corrupt system files, DISM comes in handy. To run DISM command, open command prompt using the same instructions as above and type the following command.

‘DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth’

DISM scans for corruption issues and repairs them if it finds any. Depending on the number of issues, DISM may take some time to complete. Once the process completes, the error should be resolved. If not, you can proceed to the next step.

  1. Perform a clean boot

Certain programs or applications can interfere with the regular functioning and may cause errors such as ‘0x80004005’. By performing a clean boot, you can restart the system with a minimum number of programs. All unnecessary programs and applications will be blocked temporarily while you perform a clean boot.

  • Click on the Start menu in your computer, type ‘msconfig’ in the Search bar and open System Configuration

Open System Configuration

  • Then click on the Services tab and select the checkbox corresponding to ‘Hide All Microsoft Services’ and click Disable All

Disable unnecessary startup services

  • Click Windows + X keys and select Task Manager
  • Select all the start-up programs and click Disable

Finally, close the Task Manager and restart your computer. Then check if the error ‘0x80004005’ is resolved. If not, you can proceed to the next step as shown below.

  1. Perform a clean reinstall

If none of the above solutions help you resolve the error ‘0x80004005’, then Windows reinstallation can be done as a last resort. Once reinstallation is done, you will have a fresh system with all the problematic applications gone. This should help you resolve the error. But always remember to have a complete backup of your system before performing this step.

Data recovery using Remo Recover

When performing certain operations like reinstallation of OS, data on your system may be lost. If you don’t have a backup, it can be very hard. In order to help you recover data, we introduce you to a tool called Remo Recover.

Remo Recover can be used to recover data after an OS reinstall, after formatting a drive (usually performed to resolve corruption issues) or even after a factory reset. Data recovered using Remo Recover will be in its original form and structure. Even the original file names will remain after the recovery process.

If you are someone experiencing data loss issues, download Remo Recover for free and begin with the recovery process.