Upgrading your Windows operating system at regular intervals is much required. However, sometimes in the process there could be some technical hitches that could lead to errors such as 0x8000ffff. If you are seeing this error, then it would be followed by some common messages like “Error 0x8000ffff: Catastrophic failure” or “An unspecified error occurred during System Restore (0x8000ffff).”

Common Reasons for Error Code 0X8000FFFF

Here are some of the common reasons when you may encounter the error code 0x8000ffff

·       Create system restore point or soon after performing a system restore and certain files fail to be replaced.

·       Installing or soon after installing a new application

·       Updates installed from the Windows Update Center


Factors That Can Cause Error 0x8000ffff

·       Incorrect computer system settings

·       Corrupt registry files caused by virus or malware infection

·       Damaged or outdated system drivers

·       Volume shadow copy service (VSS) disabled


How to fix error code 0x8000FFFF in windows

Even though it may look like a technical problem, you can fix this error code by following some simple DIY solutions. Here’s how to get started.



Solution 1:Simple Troubleshooting Steps

1.       Check the time and date are of correct values

2.       Scan your computer with the installed antivirus or malware program

3.       Check to see if the error has now resolved.

Solution 2:Do a Disk Check

One of the reasons for this error to occur is due to corrupt or damaged registry files. Try running the built-in disk check tool and that can help resolve the error.

1.       Click ‘Start’

2.       Type ‘cmd’ in the ‘Search programs and files’ box

3.       Press the combination of CTRL+Shift+Enter and then click ‘OK’ to open Command Prompt

4.       Type ‘chkdsk/f/r’ in the prompt and then press Enter

5.       Type ‘Y’ in the response window.

6.       Restart the computer and let the disk check run

7.       Once the tool has run through, check if the error is fixed.

Solution 3: Administrative Rights

If you are trying to perform system restore without admin rights, then you may encounter error 0x8000ffff. Here is how to fix it.

1.       Click ‘Start’

2.       Type ‘System Restore’ in the ‘Search programs and files’ box

3.       Right click ‘System Restore’ and then click ‘Run as Administrator’

4.       Once the process has completed, follow the instructions on the resultant screen and check if the error has fixed.

Solution 4: Update Drivers

Two things that are very important are the system and component drivers. An outdated or damaged driver can cause the error code 0x8000ffff. Here is how to keep your drivers updated:

1.       Update drivers by going through all installed components

2.       Check and download any damaged driver and then restart the computer

3.       Check if the error has resolved.

Solution 5: Re-configure Windows Store

If you are using Windows 10 operating system, then you can try fixing error code 0x8000ffff with this method as well.

1.       Click ‘Start’

2.       Type ‘PowerShell’

3.       Right click ‘PowerShell and then select ‘Run as Administrator’

4.       Type, ‘powershell-ExecutionPolicy Unrestricted Add-AppxPackage-DisableDevelopmentMode-Register Env:SystemRoot\WinStore\AppxManifest.xml’

5.       Restart the computer and check if the error is resolved.