Windows Update Fails

If you bought a computer or notebook and when trying to upgrade to Windows 11 or 10 gave the error 0x80070005 “Windows upgrade failed”, see how to fix it.

It is important to remember that you must have a valid Windows license and that you have completed the upgrade process from Windows Home to Windows Pro through the Windows Store.

How to Fix Error 0x80070005 and Upgrade to Windows 10 or 11 Pro

Fix Error 0x80070005

Important note: your files will be deleted, we recommend that you make a backup before proceeding with the steps below.
  1. First, you must open the start menu, search for “ Registry Editor ” or “ Regedit ” and then navigate to the following key:HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\
  2. Double-click “ ProductName ” in the right pane and change the value from “Windows 10 Home” to “Windows 10 Pro” or change it to “Windows 11 Pro” if you are trying to fix Windows 11.

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The next step is a factory reset of your computer, where Windows will be tricked by the registry hack into thinking you are already using Windows 10 Pro and have configured everything for you.

  1. Open the Settings app, press Windows + I keys, and go to Update & Security > Recovery or type “ Reset this PC ” in the search box.
  2. Tap the “ Get Started ” button under “ Reboot this PC ”, choose the “ Keep my files ” option (unless you want to delete all your files), and proceed with the wizard to do a complete factory reset of your PC.
Note: If you are presented with the option to download the installation files to the cloud, choose that option.

download the installation files

Activating Windows 10 or 11

Once the process is complete, it’s time to activate Windows again by following the steps below.

  1. Open the Settings app and go to Update & Security > Activation or simply type “ Activation ” into the search box in the Start menu to find these options.
  2. An error message will appear stating that you are using Windows 10 or 11 Pro, but it is not activated.
  3. Then you will have to click on the “ Troubleshooting ” link to force Windows to try to activate it.
  4. Click anyway.

Done! Now your Windows has been activated and you have successfully upgraded to the current version.