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Many Windows users have reported difficulty in installing update KB5008212 for Windows 10 for versions 21H2, 21H1, 20H2, and 2004; the last such update for Windows 10 v2004 before it officially ends service. Failure can occur if:
- Crucial Services are Disabled – Windows Update service and Background Intelligent Transfer Service (BITS) must be running for successful installation. Failed installation may mean that one or both are not functioning correctly.
- Windows Update Service is Corrupted – Windows updates build up temporary files over time and service components can become corrupted, preventing your system from updating. Resetting the components can fix the issue.
There are several known methods of resolving the issue. Let’s take a look.
Start Windows Update And Background Intelligent Transfer Services
As previously mentioned, Windows Update services and Background Intelligent Transfer services must be functioning for successful update installations – BITS transfers files in the background using idle bandwidth, including Windows Update files.
To ensure both services are operating, use the following method:
Open A Run Window
Open a Run dialogue window (Windows key + R)
Type ‘services.msc’, and Enter.
Click On “Background Intelligent Transfer Service”
In ‘Services’, locate and click on ‘Background Intelligent Transfer Service’.
Check If Startup Status Is ‘Stopped’
In ‘Properties’, check if Startup status is ‘Stopped’. If so, click ‘Start’, then ‘OK’. If not, click ‘Restart’ then ‘OK’.
Repeat Steps 3 And 4
Repeat steps 3 and 4 for ‘Windows Update service’.
Install Update KB5008212
Close and attempt to install update KB5008212.
Reset Windows Update Components
If your Windows Update components have become corrupted, this may be what is gumming up your cumulative update KB5008218 installation attempts.
Reset the components to restore functionality using the following method:
Click the Windows icon and search ‘cmd’. Click ‘Run as administrator’.
Type The Commands
Type the commands below. Hit Enter to execute each one.
net stop wuauserv
net stop cryptSvc
net stop bits
net stop msiserver
Execute The Commands
Once you have completed this, execute the following commands in the same way:
net start wuauserv
net start cryptSvc
net start bits
net start msiserver
Restart your system
It is also possible to otherwise forcefully install update KB5008212 via the Microsoft Update Catalog, as shown below:
Search Microsoft Update Catalog
In your browser, bring up Microsoft Update Catalog.
Search For “KB5008212”
Search for ‘KB5008212’ in the search bar.
Select The Download Link
Select the ‘Download’ link which matches your system from the results.
Complete The Installation
Complete the instructions for installation.
Upgrading via Media Creation Tool
If the issue still persists after attempting all of these methods, you can attempt to install Update KB5008212 directly via the Media Creation Tool, as done below:
Locate The Media Creation Tool Download Page
In your browser locate the Media Creation Tool download page.
Download “Create Windows 10 Installation Media”
Locate ‘Create Windows 10 installation media’ and click ‘Download tool now’.
Click ‘Yes’ To ‘User Account Control (UAC)’
Double-click the downloaded file. Click ‘Yes’ to ‘User Account Control (UAC)’
Click “Upgrade This PC Now”
Once the scan is complete, click ‘Upgrade this PC now’. Click ‘Next’.
Wait Until Every Update Has Downloaded
After Windows ISO has downloaded, click ‘Accept’. Wait until every update has downloaded locally, as the Media Creation Tool will then upgrade your OS to the most up-to-date version.
Install And Wait
Once complete, click ‘Install’ and wait.
Upon successful installation, restart your PC.
Repair Install/Clean Install
If none of the above methods have been successful, then you have no choice but to reinstall the system files.
This is completely reinstalling your Windows OS. Please note: this involves totally wiping your previous system, including all of your personal files, from the disk or partition.
This is a set repair procedure that will replace any remaining corrupted Windows files without removing your personal files, but the trade-off is that the process will take a very long time to complete.
Follow the above steps, and you’ll be working from the latest (and last) version of Windows 10 in no time. If none of these methods work out, then it’s certainly time to consider taking your PC to a professional.