Windows Server 2008 R2 - Failed Updates Error Code 8000FFFF
Hello, Try also to: Run chkdsk /r /fReset Windows Update Components Once done, check results. If the problem persists try downloading the updates and installing them manually. This posting is provided "AS IS" with no warranties or guarantees , and confers no rights. Microsoft Student Partner 2010 / 2011 Microsoft Certified Professional Microsoft Certified Systems Administrator: Security Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer: Security Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist: Windows Server 2008 Active Directory, Configuration Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist: Windows Server 2008 Network Infrastructure, Configuration Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist: Windows Server 2008 Applications Infrastructure, Configuration Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist: Windows 7, Configuring Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist: Designing and Providing Volume Licensing Solutions to Large Organizations Microsoft Certified IT Professional: Enterprise Administrator Microsoft Certified IT Professional: Server Administrator Microsoft Certified Trainer
April 3rd, 2012 3:28pm

I work in State government and have a Windows 2008 R2 Server that failed on updates starting March 20, 2012. Until that point, updates were downloading and installing fine. Now it fails with a Code 8000FFFF every time. I have done the following during the course of troubleshooting this issue: 1. Rebooted 2. Tried installing updates one at a time 3. Disabled anti-virus software 4. Run System Update Readiness Tool 5. Run System File Checker tool (SFC.exe) 6. Reset the content of the Catroot2 folder 7. Tried to remove HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\COMPONENTS -> PendingXmlIdentifier, NextQueueEntryIndex, and AdvancedInstallersNeedResolving, but none of them existed on this machine. 8. Registered Windows Update DLL files 9. Renamed the SoftwareDistribution folder 10. Rolled back all updates installed since the server went into production status None of the above items has resolved the issue, updates will still not install. As a note, we are running several servers with the exact same build and have not encountered this issue.
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April 4th, 2012 7:29am

Hello, Try also to: Run chkdsk /r /fReset Windows Update Components Once done, check results. If the problem persists try downloading the updates and installing them manually. This posting is provided "AS IS" with no warranties or guarantees , and confers no rights. Microsoft Student Partner 2010 / 2011 Microsoft Certified Professional Microsoft Certified Systems Administrator: Security Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer: Security Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist: Windows Server 2008 Active Directory, Configuration Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist: Windows Server 2008 Network Infrastructure, Configuration Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist: Windows Server 2008 Applications Infrastructure, Configuration Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist: Windows 7, Configuring Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist: Designing and Providing Volume Licensing Solutions to Large Organizations Microsoft Certified IT Professional: Enterprise Administrator Microsoft Certified IT Professional: Server Administrator Microsoft Certified Trainer
April 4th, 2012 8:33am

any updates for your issue?Jeff Ren TechNet Community Support beneficial to other community members reading the thread.
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May 7th, 2012 12:55am

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