Windows hadn’t updated for me in a while. My computer would try, but would fail each time with Error Code 80070005. It’s now finally working… installing 21 updates. The very first update was a new virus scanner something or other, which I am guessing was the reason behind the glitch. I know this is a bit off topic – though some math can’t be done these days without a computer - but I thought it was important to let everyone know. I hope I am lucky enough to have avoided any major damage to my system, and I hope this helps you too if you need it. -
Here are the simple directions that I found online and worked for me. I was a bit skeptical about the “renaming the folder” part, but my Windows is now finally updating so I am a believer.
1: From your start menu, type services.msc in the search bar.
2: Find “Windows Update”, right click and choose STOP.
3: From your desktop ”My Computer” icon, search within C:// to find a folder named SoftwareDistribution. (This file may be hidden. If it is, go to folder options and choose “see hidden files”).
4: Rename this folder SoftwareDistributionOLD.
5: Create a new folder named SoftwareDistribution within the same directory.
6: Back in your Start menu, retype services.msc.
7: Right click on Windows Update and select START.
8: Restart your computer. Windows updates should start automatically. If not, type Windows Update into your Start menu search bar, type Windows Updates and change the settings to start automatically (recommended settings).
I hope this saves at least one computer!