Getting Error 0x80070005 Sea of Thieves? Here’s the fix

Sea of Thieves by Rare Ltd, available for both Xbox and Windows 10 is a 4K pirate game placed with adventures from sailing and exploring, treasure hunting and riddle-solving to fighting and plundering. This becomes more fun when you join voyages to seek out treasure as well as encounter real-world players and fight mythical creatures in real time.

System requirements

For Xbox, you will require the new Xbox Live Gold for the 4k version. HDR, however, will be available for the other Xboxes.

If you are on a PC the system requirement may vary but Windows 10 is basic.

PRO TIP: Always ensure that you read all prompts when installing the game to avoid denying the installer permissions that could lead to other errors like voice chat not working

However, when installing the game you might get the error message ‘Sea of Thieves’ error 0x80070005’. Try the following steps to fix the error once and for all

Reset Windows Store using CMD

To use the command prompt;

  • Open the start menu and search for ‘cmd’ (command prompt)
  • Right-click and select the option ‘run as administrator’
  • If opted enter your password for the administrator account (will require the password if you are on the guest account)
  • Type in ‘WSreset.exe’ then press enter
  • Restart your computer

sea of thieves error 0x80070005

Try uninstalling and reinstalling windows store.

Here’s the procedure

  • Right-click on the Windows start button
  • Right-click on the Windows PowerShell for the admin

Copy the following text

Get-AppxPackage –allusers *WindowsStore* | Remove-AppxPackage

And paste it into the windows PowerShell admin

Copy the following text and paste into the windows PowerShell admin too

Get-AppxPackage –allusers *WindowsStore* | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register “$($_.InstallLocation)\AppXManifest.xml”}

Press enter

Reboot your computer

Open the following folder with this address and delete all files from it

C:\Users\User_name\AppData\Local\Packages \Microsoft.WindowsStore_8wekyb3d8bbwe\LocalCache

When launching the game your computer, it will scan all the downloaded files on board and use the relevant ones to launch the game. Since you’ve deleted your cache, the game won’t use corrupted files that were causing the error. This, however, will mean that the game takes longer to load.

For a smooth experience, ensure you have a steady internet connection not to corrupt the files during download. Also, consider running the game after closing other applications on your machine, for it to have an easier time handling the application especially if you have 4 GB or less ram. Moreover, ensure your computer has enough space to save files and logs generated by the game.