When trying to create a Windows 10 USB installation disk you may get errors starting with code 0x80004005 and end up scratching your head, that why isn’t it working. When I happened to get that error, what helped me get around it was basically emptying the windows update cache by doing the following:
- Open command prompt in administrator rights
Click on the start menu button and type cmd. A best match of "Command Prompt" will appear, right click on it and select run as administrator.
- Using the previously opened Command Prompt stop the “Windows Update service” by typing the following:
net stop wuauser
- If your computer is a part of a Windows Domain, it might not have “Windows Updare service” running but rather have “Update Orchestrator Service” instead running, then you need to stop that by typing the following:
net stop "Update Orchestrator Service"
- Next you need to stop the Cryptographic and Background Intelligent Transfer services, by typing the following commands:
net stop bits net stop cryptsvc
- Now lets just rename some of the folders used by Windows Update so, it would re-create them, by typing:
ren %systemroot%\System32\Catroot2 Catroot2.old ren %systemroot%\SoftwareDistribution SoftwareDistribution.old
- Now lets start the services back up again that we previously stopped by typing:
net start wuauser net start bits net start cryptsvc # and if necessary also update orchestrator service net start "Update Orchestrator Service"
- And thats it close the Command Prompt and retry creating your Windows 10 installation media.
If your are getting “Access is denied” on the “ren %systemroot%\SoftwareDistribution SoftwareDistribution.old” command and you haven’t stopped the “Update Orchestrator Service”, try stopping that.