There are some people encoutering the “Something Happened 0x80070005-0x90002” error on their computers while trying to install Windows 10. This error is caused when the Windows installer cannot find the files it needs to proceed with the installation of Windows. It also occurs if the installer cannot access various DLLs across the system because of permission errors. Other causes for this error include: Firewall, Antiviruses, Windows updates not installed and Faulty Windows updates.

If you are among those who are reporting the “Something Happened 0x80070005-0x90002” error on your Windows 10 PC, here are the two methods to help you fix it. Let’s check out now!

Method 1: 

Step 1: Reset Windows Updates. You can follow the instructions from the Microsoft Support.

Step 2: Reboot your Windows 10 computer

Step 3: Disable your Antivirus and firewall

Step 4: Run Windows 10 installer from the installation media and continue from there

Method 2: 

Step 1: Launch the Start Menu, search for cmd, right-click on cmd and then click on Run as administrator

Some people encouter the 0x80070005 – 0x90002 error while installing Windows 10. (Photo credit: Appuals)

Step 2: In the elevated Command Prompt, you type the following commands one by one to stop services associated with Windows Update’. Make sure you hit Enter after you type each command:

net stop bits

net stop wuauserv

net stop appidsvc

net stop cryptsvc

Step 3: In the elevated Command Prompt, you type the following commands one by one to rename the software distribution folders backup copies. Again, make sure you hit Enter after typing each command:

Ren %systemroot%SoftwareDistribution SoftwareDistribution.bak

Ren %systemroot%system32catroot2 catroot2.bak

Step 4: In the elevated Command Prompt, you type the following commands one by one to restart all of the services you stopped before. Once again, make sure you hit Enter after typing each one of them:

net start bits

net start wuauserv

net start appidsvc

net start cryptsvc

Step 5: Restart your Windows 10 computer

That’s it!