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Error 0x800401F0 occurs on a Windows PC when programs or drivers for the hardware are installed. The most common error occurs when connecting devices over the network or when connecting to a remote workstation. The reason is that there are not enough rights to change the software or access to a network resource.
This is because the Windows installer has problems connecting to the installation server. You can try uninstalling and re-registering Windows Installer.
Unregister/Register Windows Installer
Remove the Windows Installer registry and log back in to Windows Installer. To do this, follow these steps:
- Click “Run:” in the “Start” menu.
- In the “Open” box, type “msiexec /unreg”, then press ENTER.
- Click “Run” in the “Start” menu.
- In the “Open” box, type “msiexec /regserver”, then press ENTER.
Clean Windows Update Folder
Next, you will now clean the Windows Update temporary cache folder:
- Hold down the Windows key and simultaneously press the “R” key.
- A new small window appears.
- Enter %windir%\SoftwareDistribution\DataStore in this new window and click OK.
- This opens Windows Explorer in the right place.
- Delete the entire contents of this folder. (Note: Select all files and folders with Ctrl + A)
Use the System File Checker (SFC) utility.
This handy and integrated tool checks your file system.
- Click Start and start typing on your keyboard for “cmd”.
- cmd should appear in your search results with a black icon.
- Right-click and select Run as administrator.
- When prompted for the administrator password, enter the password and click OK.
- A new completely black Windwos will open. You can enter commands directly in this window.
- Enter sfc/scannow and press Enter.
- This process will take a long time. You can minimize and modify these black windows.
After some time, return to the black window and check that the process is complete. After the SFC process is complete, restart your computer. After restarting, check for updates again.
Checking network folder rights
This is important if the error occurs when the software is installed and updated remotely. The rights on the network folder in the network service and system must not be restricted. You must also install the desired application in administrative mode by specifying Admin path – this often fixes error 0x800401F0.
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