System Center Configuration Manager 2012 – OS Deployment Fails with Error 0x80004005

Some administrators may experience an error when trying to deploy an OS image using System Center Configuration Manager. Upon attempting to deploy the OS, a generic error is returned that does not indicate a specific cause, simply “Failed to Run Task Sequence – An error occurred while starting the task sequence. 0x80004005”. Similar to this:

error 0x80004005 with OS deployment in SCCM

This error will be thrown before any portions of the task sequence begin at all.

Though there may be many reasons for this error, a quick tip is to check the clock in the BIOS of the affected machine and ensure that it is set to match the time in the forest where the SCCM server is located. Once this is changed, the deployment should continue successfully.

Tip provided by Gregg O’Brien; posted by MSPFE editor Arvind Shyamsundar

Comments (48)

  1. Ed (DareDevil57) says:


  2. My clocks are on time is there any other possible cause?

  3. Anonymous says:

    Lesson learned for the millionth time today – check the simple things first! Thanks for posting this!

  4. amergerm35 says:

    My clock is within a few seconds of the DC and SCCM, so that’s not it. Gets through the 1st part, moves onto the second, bombs out somewhere after 85% finished. Any help would be appreciated.

    1. beaker says:

      Other possible cause is it doesnt have drivers for the storage controller, or it cant write to the local drive.

  5. Holden Caulfield says:

    It Worked!!

  6. Eric says:

    Checked the Bios, time is right, still getting this error.

  7. Battle Angel says:

    Ah biscuits… ran into this fairly recently. The solution is so simple its right up there with checking the power cord…

  8. Mur says:

    Thanks! fixed my issue

  9. mohamed hassan says:

    It Worked

  10. Jeff25 says:

    thanks…. worked for me

  11. Bruce Aderhold says:

    Thanks big time! I was on verge of changing out the mobo on this Lenovo Thinkpad E430. A very simple fix thanks again.

  12. Glenn says:

    Got this when the Security chip was set to the wrong mode or deactivated.

  13. Chad says:

    our issue was to suspend TPM. Once that was suspended all worked fine

  14. Jason says:

    It worked. Thanks!

  15. Suddenlink Communications says:

    Who’d THUNK it was the bios! Wow…it works. Thanks for the post

  16. VNedeianu says:

    Lesson learned. Thank you!

  17. Harender Singh says:

    its working Sir, thanks you so much.

  18. Leo Zhou says:

    It works, before i changed clock, always failed lots of times, thanks very much!

  19. Billy says:

    My 2 cents. I got this same error and I found out that my OU structure had changed and my task sequence was trying to join the computer to a nonexistent OU in AD. I fixed that and I didn’t get the error anymore.

  20. Ron says:

    My 2 cents is why the heck we have the same error code for a billion different problems. Time isn’t my issue or my OU being wrong not an issue.

  21. james says:

    Ours was the server ran out of disk space

  22. Valerie says:

    This error can also be thrown if there is faulty connectivity to the network caused by anything from a loose lan cable, a non-working port on the computer, or a non-working jack in the wall. So, Besides date and time, check connectivity in general.

  23. Edward Walker says:

    That problem has been causing our IT lots of grief!! This tip fixed it!! THANK YOU !!!!!!!!!!

  24. Anonymous says:

    worked.. you’re a hero…
    time was only out by 2 mins…

  25. Sharaf says:

    Been having the error message for about a now building some enterprise WS, considering I am using a brand new USb stick for the depolyment it never crossed my mind to try another stick until this vry moment and Boom, it was the flash drive all along.

  26. jesse says:

    The fix I found was to plug in a hard line(ethernet cable)

  27. Evgeni says:


  28. Zlodey says:

    I had this issue. The solution was creating new usb-flash boot. PC load winpe normaly but can’t read boot partition after this wizard

  29. John Henry says:

    This error was resolved by our admins replacing the files that we copy to our USB Boot device. I tried formatting and rebuilding the drive a couple of times, then suggested the admins update the source files and that finally worked.

  30. Anton says:

    For me it was the system center server and the computer were on the same subnet.

  31. Maarten says:

    At thirst I thought my BIOS time setting was fine, but then I noticed the date was set 07-04-2016 in stead of 04-07-2016.
    So for the people who think the clocks are fine, check it again! It has to be EXACTLY the same as the forest.

  32. Godhead Tammy D says:

    please Mr Gregg Outside the BIOS can I get any futher lead as I have corrected my BIOS and I am still here

  33. DONNA says:

    Oh Yehhhh thanks it worked x

  34. Sumek Wanta says:

    I changed bios clock with sccm server time and date but bios time will keep on changing to 3 hrs ahead, but if put same host name using other computer it worked. I tried fixed the computer. Can anyone help me fixed the problem

  35. Larry says:

    You can also get this error if the boot image you are using in the OSD process does not match what is set in the collection you are using to deploy from.

  36. Emman says:

    Hi sir,

    Thank you very much for this solution, it fixed my problem in task sequence error..
    I glad that it worked for me.


  37. Mike( _Skwidlo_ ) says:

    Make sure the hard disk has enough space on it!

  38. Nalin says:

    This error code is very generic. One should look at the smstslog and see what other processes are involved in bringing about the aborted task sequence. For instance you can get this error during a TS step applying drivers where the system / bios time of the machine is consistent with that of the network.

    Having said that there are times when this error when it happens soon after you type in the deploy password is related to mismatch of time.

    1. Julio Essaka says:

      I’m exactly having the second part of your statement. I get the error right after a enter pw! But I checked my time in the bios, and it’s fine… Mismatch in time?

  39. steven Parlin says:

    I had success by changing to a different hard drive when this error occurred with a laptop today. Issue did not persist. Time was already set properly, so I’d say look at your logs if you can and don’t just think changing the clock is the solution to this generic error.

    1. Victor says:

      In my case HDD was defect so Task Sequence failed by searching for disk

  40. MQS says:

    Thanks, it fixed. 🙂

  41. Rick says:

    One other thing…if you make any modifications to your task sequence, make sure you deploy it to the proper device collection.

  42. beaker says:

    Other possible cause is it doesnt have drivers for the storage controller, or it cant write to the local drive.

  43. Monte Duncan says:

    Thank you, Sir! The BIOS time was the problem!

  44. John Schmitt says:

    Thanks for posting this tip. If this helps anyone, I loaded BIOS defaults with no change, but swapped out the HDD and success!

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