Fix: SETUP_FAILURE BSOD Error 0x00000085 on Windows 10 PC

SETUP_FAILURE BSOD Error 0x00000085 is new of its kind bug that halts update services and prevents basic functionalities on PC. This issue, in general, appears due to corrupt system files, damaged Windows image, changes under local settings. Since this a blue screen of death error, it prohibits signing in to the Windows 10 Operating System normally. 

To fix this, one should try disabling third-party antivirus, disable non-essential startup programs, delete cache and temporary files, etc. Restore folders at their original location, use sfc/scannow, Run chkdsk are some of the advanced tools to resolve this trouble. Let’s explore each one of these workarounds in somewhat more detail –

How to fix SETUP_FAILURE BSOD Error 0x00000085 on Windows 10

To resolve SETUP_FAILURE BSOD 0x85 Error, sign into safe mode and use the following workarounds –

Contents List

1} Perform a Full Computer scan

The presence of malicious files is the prime reason that can cause SETUP_FAILURE BSOD Error 0x00000085 to appear in the first place. As Microsoft provides a useful antivirus (receives security-updates regularly), there is no need for any third-party anti-malware program. If you do have any, uninstall the same and perform below task on Windows Defender –

  • Jointly press Win+I to launch Settings.
  • Select the Update & Security category then Windows Security
  • Moving to the right side, tap Virus & threat protection thereafter Scan options.

Scan PC for any malicious program

  • Select the circle next to Full scan and hit Scan now.
  • The scanning process will start immediately afterward.
  • Wait till this finds any viruses present on your PC.
  • Lastly, tap Clean threats (if it shows any) to remove all of them.

Learn how to Disable or Enable Windows Defender in Windows 10

2} Disconnect External Devices from your PC

Look for any external device that is attached to your computer such as Printer, Scanner, etc. Such devices are known to interfere with the Startup settings and thus results in Error 0x85. In case, you too use such devices, disconnect all of them and check whether it does fix the bugcheck. 

3} Disable Non-essential Startup Programs

Usually, when we start Windows 10, there are numerous apps that open up immediately. This includes basic apps (essential for OS), useful apps and games. However, there may lie some unnecessary apps that we often not use. If that’s the case, just disable them opening System Configuration. Here’s how to do –

  • Hit Win icon and start typing System Configuration.
  • Double click the well-matching result to start it.
  • Now, switch to Services tab and mark the box against “Hide all Microsoft services”. 
  • Next, hit Disable all.
  • Henceforth, go to the Startup tab and select the “Open Task Manager” link.

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  • Select and hit Disable for all apps that keep on running in the background.

System Configuration

  • Get back to the System Configuration window and click Apply then OK.

4} Update Obsolete Drivers

Make a practice of keeping device drivers up to date to avoid SETUP_FAILURE BSOD Error 0x00000085. If this appears due to any corrupt drivers, you may follow the below steps –

  • Press Win+R to start Run dialog. 
  • Type, ‘devmgmt.msc’ near the blinking cursor and press Enter.
  • Once the Device Manager window appears, notice if any driver contains a yellow exclamation mark.
  • If indeed, expand the same by clicking on the right arrow.
  • Next, right-click on the particular driver and select Update Driver.
  • A pop-up containing two options will appear, choose Search automatically for updated driver software.

Update Device Driver searching online

  • At last, Reboot your system so as to save the recent changes. 

5} Delete Cache and temporary files

Generally, cache piles up over a long period of time as per the usage of Windows 10 users. This is the case for temporary files as well which usually are the leftovers of uninstalled programs. They remain unused and start creating a nuisance if not removed or deleted soon. Here’s how to perform this task –

  • Make a right-click on the Win icon and select Run.
  • Type cleanmgr at the void and press Enter.
  • Select C: drive on the upcoming window and tap OK.
  • When it completes the searching process, hit Clean up system files.

Disk Cleanup tool

  • Choose C: drive again and press the OK button. 
  • This will again look for the spaces that it can free-up.

Note: Make sure to restore any important items if available inside Recycle Bin.

  • Mark all the boxes except Downloads, and hit OK.

6} Try Blue Screen Troubleshooter

If all of the above basic methods fail, you should try these advanced workarounds one after another. Running Blue Screen Troubleshooter is, in reality, one of the useful tools to resolve BSOD errors. Just follow these easy steps –

  • Press Win+I to launch the Windows 10 Settings.
  • Select the Update & Security category.
  • Choose “Troubleshoot” thereafter head over to the right pane.
  • Scroll and locate the Blue Screen option here.
  • Once you find it, click on the same and click Run the troubleshooter.

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  • Upon performing the tool properly, Windows 10 will fix 0x00000085 error automatically.

7} Use SFC scan to repair System files

System File Checker is a built-in tool on Windows 10 that you can use to find and repair broken or damaged files and folders. If you don’t know how to proceed, here are the essential steps to do so –

  • Hit the Start button and type “cmd“.
  • From the list of options, make a right-click on Command Prompt and select “Run as Administrator“.
  • If the UAC window appears, tap Yes.
  • Next type the following command in the elevated console and press Enter
sfc /scannow

sfc/scannow

  • This will take approximately 10-15 minutes to scan and repair the corrupt files, hence wait till this gets over.

8} Run DISM Command Tool

DISM is yet another useful tool that looks for any corrupt Windows image and repairs the same (if it finds some). All you need is to follow these easy steps –

  • Open Command Prompt as an Admin.
  • If UAC prompts, tap Yes.
  • Type the following code near the blinking cursor –
DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth

DISM

  • Press Enter and wait till this completes the whole task. 
  • Do Reboot your Windows 10 Device so as to save the changes performed so far.

9} Restore Folders at their Original Location

Although Microsoft states that changing folder location is compatible with Windows 10 systems, there are cases where it leads to BSOD Error 0x85. It is thereby recommended to restore folders at their by-default location. To do this, use the steps –

  • Open File Explorer.
  • Copy/Paste “shell:UsersFilesFolder” at its address bar and press the Enter key.
  • Here, make a right-click on the folder that you have dislocated previously and select “Properties“.
  • Now, tap the Location tab and hit Restore Default thereafter OK.

SETUP_FAILURE BSOD Error 0x00000085

Note: If a pop-up appears asking to move all the files to the by-default location from its existing one, tap Yes.

Read Also File Explorer Dark theme is now available on Windows 10

10} Disconnect Multiple Hard Disks

If you are fond of using more than one hard drive so as to get more storage, you should try disabling the extra ones temporarily. In case, it does solve the problem, one of the additional drives might contain some malicious files that interact with OS and lead to setup_failure BSOD error. If not, keep using them after executing a chkdsk command on each one of them. 

Note: Furthermore, while disconnecting extra hard disks, make sure to remove External hard drives as well.

11} Run the CHKDSK command

If you have already removed any extra harddisk yet receiving the 0x85 issue, you should check the prime hard drive for any internal error. Here are the steps to work upon –

  • Type command prompt in the search bar.
  • Do the right-click on the well-matching result and choose Run as administrator option.
  • If UAC appears, hit Yes to go ahead.
  • Type the following command line and press Enter
chkdsk C: /f /r /x
  • The Disk Checking Utility will immediately begin the scanning process.
  • This process will take a few minutes to complete, so wait till this finishes.
  • Lastly, reboot the PC so that changes made so far come into effect.

Here, all the letters have their specific meanings –

C:– represent the Disk where the OS is installed. You can change this to D:, E: or any depending upon your usage.
f- implies fixing the scanned bugs.
r- implies detecting the existing problems in the Disk.
x- stands for splitting up the disk volume to help the detection process.

12} Install Latest Cumulative Updates

Microsoft keeps on updating the existing Windows 10 version with monthly patches. Make a habit of updating Windows 10 OS and its apps on a regular basis so as to avoid such errors. Here’s how to proceed –

  • Open Windows 10 Settings.
  • Navigate to Update & Security > Windows Update.
  • Even if it displays ‘You’re up to date dialog’, hit the Check for updates option.
  • The system will search for any available updates for your respective Windows 10 version.
  • A list of available updates will appear on the Desktop Screen after the searching process completes.
  • Click the Download button.

13} Fix corrupt memory (RAM)

The presence of faulty memory on your Windows 10 PC may also lead to the SETUP_FAILURE BSOD Error 0x00000085. Therefore, make a check of bad memory on your system following these simple steps –

  • Hit Win icon and type memory in the search bar.
  • Select the top result and hit Enter to launch the Windows memory diagnostic.
  • Here, click Restart now and check for the problems (recommended).

SETUP_FAILURE BSOD Error 0x00000085

  • Windows 10 will automatically start the first cycle of rebooting. 
  • Once it powers up, you will notice a blue screen displaying several memory issues.
  • When the above task reaches 100%, the device will eventually restart again. 
  • To see the error results, sign back into your Windows 10 PC.

Note: If you haven’t got any diagnosis report, you may access the reports manually as well. For that –

  • Start Run and type eventvwr.msc at void followed by OK.
  • Next, browse Windows Logs thereafter System.
  • Press Ctrl+f, type MemoryDiagnostic and press Enter.
  • At last, click Find Next to see the entire report. 

14} Perform a system restore

In case, if you have ever created a system restore at some point earlier, this is the perfect time to revert back your OS to a date when it was working completely fine. If not, skip this workaround and proceed to the next one –

  • Press the Windows button and type rstrui.
  • Select the top result to start the System Restore window thereafter Next.

System Restore

  • This will automatically display the available restore points on your Device.
  • Check the box against Show more restore points.
  • Choose the recently created Restore Point on your computer.
  • In the end, hit Next then Finish initiating this task.

15} Fresh Install Windows 10 

In general, we install Windows 10 on our PC downloading Media Creation Tool on either USB Drive or Disc. However, in doing so, there is a possibility of devices being corrupt or damaged. If that’s the case, this might bring in SETUP_FAILURE BSOD Error 0x00000085. If you have already used the incorrect device to load the operating system on your PC, you won’t be able to deploy any further changes. No matter how many times you fresh install Windows 10, the error eventually arises.

This is why we suggest downloading anew Windows 10 installation file on a separate disk and load the same to avoid such bugs. 

Note: While performing a clean install, just make sure to format all the partitions that pre-exist on your device.