Windows Update Error 80070659 – Server 2012 RDS host


Windows Server 2012 R2

Roles installed

  • File and Storage Services
  • IIS
  • Print Services
  • Remote Desktop Services


I was trying to install a bunch of pending Security Updates to a Windows Server 2012 RDS Host, Windows patches were successful but when trying to install the Microsoft Office patches i received a failure code 80070659


You will find the following registry keys set to 1 changing them to 0 allowed me to install the patches successfully

  • HKLM\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\Install\DisableMSI
  • HKLM\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\Install\DisablePatch

4 Comments on "Windows Update Error 80070659 – Server 2012 RDS host"

  1. Thank you!
    After fighting this for hours, this was the solution for me.
    [Server 2012 RDS, failing to install Office updates.]

  2. Blake Marriner | July 19, 2022 at 10:37 | Reply

    Thank you
    Had the same issue, changing the reg keys resolved it
    Appreciate you sharing

  3. Joël Wechseler | September 25, 2022 at 17:34 | Reply

    I have been looking for a while to solve the issue “Office cannot be updated” with the same error 0x80070659 on a Windows Sever 2016.
    The above solution worked immediately.
    Thank you very much.

  4. Thanks! It worked!

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