Windows Update Error Code 8E5E03FA

  • Fact
I’m running Windows 7, and for the past 2 months I’ve been unable to install most of the new updates available through Windows Update.  It appears to download the updates, but never completes the installation, giving me the “Failed” error code 8E5E03FA.
  • Possible Resolution:
  1. Enter Safe Mode (using F8 at startup).
  2. Run As Administrator -> Command Prompt
  3. Change to c:\windows\system32
  4. ren catroot2 catroot3
  5. reboot and try to download updates again.