Fix Windows Update Error 0x80200053

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0x80200053 is an error that occurs with an invalid file. The file may be invalid or it may be a false positive from your AV/AM software.

The application was requesting data from a website, but the answer was invalid. Use the Event Viewer to check the “Application Logs \ Microsoft \ Windows \ Client Bits \ Operational” log for more details.


Firewalls are designed to defend laptop technologies by monitoring and/or stopping incoming visitors who follow established protocols. However, they often become a problem and prevent certain characteristics of the system. You can fail Windows Update with error code 0x80200053 and BG_E_VALIDATION_FAILED.

Step 1: Make sure that the $windir%\SoftwareDistribution\Download folder is excluded from AV/AM scans.

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Step 2: If this is the case or if the problem cannot be solved, delete the disclosure file from the WSUS server and run wsusutil reset to download a new copy of the file.

Step 3: If this does not solve the problem, check if a proxy cache between the WSUS server and Microsoft hides a corrupted file.

Disable the antivirus program.


Anti-virus software can help you protect your computer from viruses and other security threats. In most cases, you should not disable your antivirus software. If you need to temporarily disable it to install other software, you should reactivate it when you are finished. If you are connected to the Internet or a network while your antivirus software is off, your computer is vulnerable to attacks.

Run the troubleshooter for Windows Update.


Running Windows Update Troubleshooter may be the ultimate solution to this situation. It helps to identify underlying problems and automatically correct them if possible. To troubleshoot Windows Update, click Start > Settings > Updates and Security > Troubleshooting. Then select and run the Windows Update troubleshooter. Then restart the system.

Resetting Windows update components

If the above solutions have failed, the problem may occur with the Windows Update program itself. In such a case, we might consider resetting the Windows Update components. If you find the technology difficult, you can reset the Windows Update Agent and use the PowerShell script to run the Windows Update Client.

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