How to Fix Error Code 0x80004005 Windows 10


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The 0x80004005 error is considered an unspecified error and it generally shows up when users are unable to access their shared folders, virtual machines, and drives. It also happens when a Windows Update doesn’t install properly.

Troubleshooting error 0x80004005 can depend on what originated the message and, given that the error never tells you what the specific problem is, even Microsoft Books defines it as an “Unspecified Error”.

Error Code 0x80004005 Causes
The error code 0x80004005 can occur when a system file of your computer is missing or broken. The error is basically caused when you don’t take proper care of the system. Many different users get the error and want to know how to solve it once and for all.

Case 1: Error e_fail 0x80004005 on VirtualBox

This error is generally caused by the registry key.

Hold the Windows Key and press R. Type Regedit and click OK

Find the following registry path:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\AppCompatFlags\Layers
“C:\Program Files\Oracle\VirtualBox\VirtualBox.exe”=”DISABLEUSERCALLBACKEXCEPTION”

Delete this key if it exists and try what you were doing again. If the problem persists after deleting this key then see what happens when you disable antivirus software.

Case 2: 0x80004005 Error in Microsoft Outlook

Many users have encountered the error while using Microsoft Outlook. They get the error message “Sending and receiving reported error “0x80004005”. The operation failed” when getting new messages. Sometimes the 0x80004005 error occurs when trying to send out emails. The problem may be caused by antivirus software that has script blocking features enabled. It may also be caused by problems in the registry, such as corrupted and missing registry keys.

We recommend solving the error as soon as possible to stop it becoming an inconvenience. The error can stop you from sending and receiving emails through Outlook for example, which you need to do to communicate with friends, family, and clients. Luckily it’s a fairly simple matter to correct the error.

Method 1: Disabling Antivirus Script Blocking

The problem is usually caused by antivirus software flagging a false positive. This means that to resolve the 0x80004005 error you have to disable the script blocking features of your antivirus software. You may also want to report the problem to the antivirus developer. One downside of disabling script blocking is that it may leave your computer vulnerable.

Method 2: Disable New-Email Notifications in Outlook

Try this second method if your computer doesn’t have an antivirus program like Norton installed. This calls for disabling the feature that reports new emails in Outlook as switching this feature of can solve the 0x80004005 error code. While this solution may work on issues around getting new mail, it won’t solve any issues regarding sending emails.

Disable notifications by finding the Tools menu in Outlook, clicking Options, and then choosing Preferences. Choose “Email Options” and disable the box marked “Display a notification message when new mail arrives”. Click OK and then click it again to disable the feature.

Case 3: Error 0x80004005 Occurs when attempting to open apps and games on an Xbox

Here’s how to solve the 0x80004005 error when it shows up on your Xbox:

For Xbox One
This issue can be solved by restarting the Xbox One with the following steps:
1. Press the Xbox button on the front of the console for about ten seconds to shut the console down completely
2. Unplug the power cable for the console and wait ten seconds to reset the power supply
3. Plug the console back in
4. Turn the console back on with the Xbox button

For Xbox 360
This issue can be solved by restarting the Xbox 360 with the following steps:
1. Open Settings and choose Turn Off
2. Choose Turn off Console
3. Wait for 30 seconds before turning the Xbox 360 console back on

We hope this solved the 0x80004005 Error code for you!

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