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Enabling Developer Mode fails with error code 0x80004005

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  • After you install the most recent Windows Flight on a PC that is not in the EN-US locale, you may get error code 0x80004005 when enabling Developer Mode on the "For Developers" Settings page.

    Larry Olson

    Saturday, July 09, 2016 3:12 AM
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  • Note: Even after seeing this error message, your machine is in developer mode and you should still be able to use Visual Studio to develop Universal Windows Applications.
    In most cases, this error indicates that extra components required by the operating system to enable additional debugging features in Visual Studio or the Windows Device Portal could not be installed automatically.
    To fix this.
    1.       Open the Settings app.
    2.       Click on “Apps & features”
    3.       Choose “Manage Optional features”
    4.       Press the button “Add a feature”
    5.       Select the package for Windows Developer Mode
    6.       Click “Install”
    7.       Reboot your PC
    8.       Launch Command Prompt as Administrator
    9.       Run: sc config debugregsvc start=auto
     
    Finally, return to the “For Developers” Settings page. You will still see the error code, 0x80004005 but you should now be able to enable Windows Device Portal and the Device Discovery features.

    Larry Olson

    Saturday, July 09, 2016 3:13 AM
    Moderator