It is very frustrating for Windows users to come across the error code 0x80070057. Because it is not always completely clear what is causing this error. This error is quite common and you can come across this error under various circumstances.
Fortunately, Windows always gives you a hint along with the error. This makes it easier to figure out the reason behind the error combining with the fix as well. So if you are wondering what are the possible causes of the error 0x800700057 and how to fix the issue? In this article, you will be able to figure out the causes and fixes.
What does error 0x80070057 mean?
The error code 0x80070057 generally comes along with a message like "Unknown error," "Unspecified parameters encountered," or "Windows Update Error". It actually means that the required service cannot be completed and thereby interrupting the activity that you want to pursue. Sometimes even the Windows update process gets abruptly halted.
Instances wherein the 0x80070057 error code might show:
- You are attempting to backup files
- Updating Windows to a newer version
- Creating a profile in MS Outlook
- Installing a new application
Depending on the fatality of the error, it might appear on a white pop-up window or on a blue screen of death. Though this error can be very minor, it can still stop you from completing the desired course of action. Thus, it is crucial to know why this error occurred as without knowing it, you may not know the right way to fix it.
Error 0x80070057 in Various Forms
Here are different types of messages that come with the error 0x80070057 and their explanation in brief:
1. A corrupt storage device or System reserved partition is damaged
Sometimes due to formatting the hard drive multiple times or not handing the partitions properly can damage them. If the system reserved partition on the hard drive or any other partition is corrupt you will encounter this error. It will be difficult for the hard drive to write more data into a damaged partition, this is why it will reflect the error code 0x80070057.
2. Windows installation problems
The appearance of error 0x80070057 is quite often while updating the Windows version. It is either because you are not using the right file system for the version of Windows you're installing. Or there is a shortage of space in your drive or other Windows update errors.
3. Creating a new profile on MS Outlook
In some instances, you can also face this error while creating a profile in Outlook. This is because of some underlying issues in the application.
4. If you don’t have enough storage space while backing up files or installing updates
You may come across the error code 0x80070057 if you are trying to install any update or backup files in the hard drive or SSD but you do not have enough space left. This error generally arises because of problems with the storage solution itself.
Let us right away get into the solutions depending on the instances you are facing this flaw.
How do I Fix Error Code 0x80070057?
Scenario 1: Windows Update Error
If you have encountered the error while doing a Windows update then you have to run a few commands like DISM and SFC.
1. Run DISM
Deployment image servicing and management tool (DISM) is a command used to scan and resolve potential issues within the windows that may impact an operating system. It will run a scan for corruption and repair problems that it finds with the operating system.
- Press Windows Key + X and select Run application.
- Type cmd to Open Command Prompt.
- Then type DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth.
- Hit Enter
It will take some moments to complete the process. After the DISM command is executed, you have to run SFC.
2. Run SFC
You have to use System File Checker to repair corrupted system files.
- In Command prompt type sfc / scannow and press ENTER.
Command Prompt will show you the scan results after the process is finished. You can check the results to understand if there was an issue and if it is fixed by the utility.
3. Run Windows Update Troubleshooter
As you are getting the error while updating or installing the Windows update, the Windows update troubleshooter can also fix the problem.
- Click on the Windows icon in the Taskbar and select Settings.
- Click on Update & Security.
- Then click on Troubleshoot.
- Select Windows Update
- Click on Run the Troubleshooter
Once the process is complete, restart your PC.
Scenario 2: Disk Corruption
If the error is popping up because the hard drive is corrupt or the system reserved partition is damaged; follow the below-mentioned solutions.
4. Run Chkdsk
Chkdsk is used to check for errors in the disk. Thus if the hardware is having some corrupted data or damaged partition Chkdsk can find and fix them.
- Open Command Prompt and Run as Administrator.
- Type chkdsk f: /f and press ENTER. (/f means fixing errors in the disk)
5. Remo Partition Recovery
If the partition is corrupt due to bad sectors, improper formatting and partition resizing, or virus infection it is important to first recover the data from it. It is recommended to choose a professional tool like Remo Partition Recovery to recover the data from a corrupt or RAW partition.
Although Chkdsk can help you in mending minor damages, using it for severe corruption may be risky for your valuable data. This is why it is advisable to seek the aid of a Remo Partition recovery software. It is capable of restoring the data of the entire partition in its original format in just a few clicks.
Scenario 3: Low storage space
6. Run Disk Cleanup
Get rid of the trivial data. Disk Cleanup is a utility that will scan your computer’s hard drive for files that you no longer need such as temporary files, cached web pages, etc. But note that while using Disk Cleanup you can sometimes also delete your important files by mistake. So be careful while selecting the files. You can then delete them according to the importance. In case you have deleted something important, you can recover files after Disk Cleanup using Remo Data Recovery software. Specifically, check your C drive and if there is very little space left, consider deleting the unimportant files.
Scenario 4: Error is popping up in MS Outlook
7. Re-install the Outlook program
The error may arise because the application is not installed correctly. So you can make an attempt to reinstall MS Outlook.
- Navigate to the Control Panel and click on Programs > Programs and Features.
- Search for MS Office Application in the list and click on Uninstall.
After that proceed to install the program once again.
8. Use Scan.pst to repair Outlook data files
You can use the Outlook inbox repair tool scan.pst to resolve the error 0x80070057. Scan.pst helps in repairing the corruptions if any in Outlook’s data storage file i.e. PST file. You have to first locate the Scanpst.exe tool depending on the Outlook version.
For Outlook 2019, the path is C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\root\Office16\.
However, after completing the repair process if still the issue persists or some data is missing you have to take the help of a professional tool.
9. Remo PST Repair Software
Even if your PST file is severely corrupted and inaccessible you will be able to fix that with this tool. Remo Outlook Repair PST is engineered with an advanced algorithm that can fix any extent of damage in the Outlook data files. Most of the errors occur because of the PST file corruption, thus choose this reliable tool to get rid of error code 0x80070057.
10. Run MS Outlook in Safe Mode
After trying all the methods if still, you are getting the same error; Running Outlook in the safe mode can give you a hint if the error 0x80070057 is popping up because of the third party application.
Follow the below-mentioned steps:
- Press the Windows Button + R to open the Run application
- Type Outlook.exe /safe in the search box and hit Enter
Then try to operate Outlook in the safe mode and check if the error still pops up. The error should go away once you run Outlook in the Safe mode. In such a situation you have to take a backup of the Outlook account and reinstall the application. As the problem is with the Office installation itself. You can rely on Remo Outlook Backup and Migrate to take backup of your Outlook data files, settings, attributes, etc. And then you can migrate them to the new account after installation.
We hope by now you have been able to get rid of the error by following the above-mentioned troubleshoots. In case you feel the manual methods are complicated you can make use of the professional tool as well. As it will make the task a lot easier for you.
You can always go ahead and buy a new SSD or hard drive if there are major storage issues. Transfer all the important files to the new drive and you will be sorted.
Tony Landry is a Web Content Editor at Remo Software. He loves to write, edit, and manage content for users trying to troubleshoot and fix problems on Windows, Outlook, storage drives and Cloud storage networks.
He has published more than 200 articles in Remo Software blog. He actively engages in research and problem-solving techniques to consistently generate great web content. Fixing various hardware problems on computer and storage devices along with a great knack for fixing Outlook errors, Tony is also the fun-time IT guy for all his work friends. He lives in the San Francisco Bay Area and enjoys cycling.