Fixing “0x80070005 – 0x90002” Error in Windows 10

Last Updated on January 28, 2022

Some Windows users have been reporting a “Something Happened 0x80070005-0x90002” error on their PCs while installing Windows 10. Because of this, many users have not been able to install Windows 10 on their PCs successfully.

Note: There can be other variations of this error too. For example: Windows Access Denied Error 0x80070005. We will cover fixes for both in this guide.

This error, just like many others doesn’t tell the users anything about the problem and its solution alike. In this post, we will discuss what causes the 0x80070005 error and the steps to get rid of it.

How To Fix Error 0x80070005 in Windows 10

Windows error 0x80070005

This error is caused when the Windows installer is not able to find the files it needs in order to proceed with the installation of Windows. Though this error has been present in the Windows Knowledge Base for a long time, the users generally have never complained about it. With Windows 10 however, there are lots of bugs and other annoyances that the users have been facing with this being among the common ones during the installation.

Cause of 0x80070005 Error

The 0x80070005 also occurs if the installer isn’t able to access various DLLs across the system because of permission errors. This absence of permissions for the installer in the system is generally caused by system tampering protection provided by various Antivirus software. Disabling the Antivirus is an easy way to get rid of this. If the users executing the installer doesn’t have administrative rights, then too, the OS will show many errors during execution. Though there are many other possible causes of this error, the most common ones are:

  • Antiviruses.
  • Faulty Windows updates.
  • Windows update not installed.
  • Firewall.

Fixing 0x80070005 Error

After following these steps, the Windows 10 installer will install Windows 10 on your PC without any errors like 0x80070005 and alike. If you are still getting these errors after following the steps please use the comments section to let us know about the exact problem that you are facing.

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Written by Utkarsh

Utkarsh Bhatt is a certified tech expert and software engineer for a Fortune 500 Company. He was born in 1995, making him one of the oldest members of the team at EFX. Utkarsh loves solving technical issues and is always the first to jump on any problem that needs solving. When he’s not coding or debugging, he enjoys playing video games (especially Super Smash Bros.) and watching cartoons.

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2 thoughts on “Fixing “0x80070005 – 0x90002” Error in Windows 10”

  1. I have tried to download windows 10 6 times, 4 times from the download site and 32using Windows Media creation tool each time I get something happened error 0x80070005 – 0x90002. I have each time tried the suggested fixes, turned off kaspersky, stopped all windows services in msconfig. Nothing works, HELP

    • How old is your PC? Does it support UEFI? I guess that something in your PC is hindering with the installation of Windows 10. You should just try installing a clean version of Windows 10 instead of upgrading from the older versions. That won’t show the 0x80070005 – 0x90002 errors.


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