SOLVED! Metadata Staging Failed, Result=0x80070490 For Container ‘{00000000-0000-0000-FFFF-FFFFFFFFFFFF}’

As the name suggested, Event Viewer allows Windows users to see the record of events that have occurred on their computers. Considering the nature of Event Viewer, there is no need to panic if errors show up among the entries every now and then. Still, if Event Viewer logs multiple entries regarding one error, something might have gone wrong. Read to the end if you see a lot of entries about metadata staging failed, result=0x80070490 for container ‘{00000000-0000-0000-FFFF-FFFFFFFFFFFF}’.

The Root Of The Problem

Third-Party Applications

In case you don’t know, a number of third-party applications automatically run on startup. If one of the apps is corrupted, Event Viewer is going to record errors. As long as corruption exists, there is a good chance that you would keep seeing metadata staging failed, result=0x80070490 for container ‘{00000000-0000-0000-FFFF-FFFFFFFFFFFF}’ in Event Viewer. 


Unable to recall the last time you updated the operating system? In that case, obsolescence could be the root cause of errors on your PC. On the bright side, there is no need to do much to bring your operating system up-to-date. 

A Few Fixes

Perform A Clean Boot 

One way to identify the one at fault is to perform a clean boot. After you finish, your PC should only run essential programs and drivers while keeping third-party startup applications disabled. Thus, if metadata staging failed, result=0x80070490 for container ‘{00000000-0000-0000-FFFF-FFFFFFFFFFFF}’ vanishes from Event Viewer, feel free to conclude that an app is responsible for the error. To perform a clean boot, go through the following steps: 

  • Step 1: Type msconfig in the search bar then hit Enter to open System Configuration.
  • Step 2: Go to Services tab, check the Hide all Microsoft services checkbox and pick Disable all.
  • Step 3: Go to Startup tab then click Open Task Manager.
  • Step 4: Go to Startup tab, select all of the apps you see and choose Disable.
  • Step 5: Close Task Manager.
  • Step 6: Return to the Startup tab in System Configuration then click OK.
  • Step 7: Restart your computer. When the screen returns, open Event Viewer and scan the records.

If metadata staging failed, result=0x80070490 for container ‘{00000000-0000-0000-FFFF-FFFFFFFFFFFF}’ is nowhere in sight, you could say that a third-party application is the culprit. Proceed to turn third-party startup applications on one by one, restart the computer and check out Event Viewer. The process should allow you to locate the troublemaker in the end. At that point, you could either disable or uninstall the app. 

To boot up your PC normally:

  • Step 1: Type msconfig in the search bar then hit Enter to open System Configuration.
  • Step 2: In the General tab, choose Normal Startup.
  • Step 3: Go to Services tab, uncheck the Hide all Microsoft services checkbox and click Enable all.
  • Step 4: Go to Startup tab and select Open Task Manager.
  • Step 5: Enable all the apps and click OK.
  • Step 6: Once prompted, select Restart.


Updating Windows is a straightforward affair that involves little time and effort in most of the cases. 

  • Step 1: Type Windows Update in the Search box, hit Enter and click Check for Updates.
  • Step 2: Wait for the scan to be complete. If an update is available, download and install it. 
  • Step 3: For good measure, you should take a look at options updates by hitting Review optional updates. Check the box right next to the updates then click Install updates. If you see a prompt, review the license agreement and click I Accept
  • Step 4: Follow the onscreen instructions to download and install all updates.
  • Step 5: When the installation wraps up, restart your computer.

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What Is Metadata?

Metadata is in essence information about other data. All types of files on your computer have metadata.

Why Is Metadata Important In Windows?

Metadata is essential because it summarizes the properties of files. In use, metadata helps the operations system find and work with files. Depending on the situation, metadata can be generated manually or automatically.

Which Types Of Metadata Exist?

There are three main types of metadata: Descriptive, Administrative and Structural. Descriptive metadata identifies the file. Administrative metadata deals with the management of the file. Lastly, Structural metadata describes the relationship that the file has with other files.

Where Does The Windows 10 Operating System Store File Metadata?

In Windows 10, metadata is stored using COM Structured Storage. COM Structured Storage is present on the file itself or on the New Technology File System (NTFS) drive that contains the file.

Can I Remove File Metadata From An Image?

Yes, you can. Right-click the file then pick Properties. Next, click the Details tab and choose Remove Properties and Personal Information.


  • Press the Shift key while deleting files to bypass the Recycle Bin. Making use of that keyboard shortcut will let you delete multiple files effectively and efficiently.
  • Use the Disk Cleanup feature in the Properties of your primary drive if you like to get rid of unused files. By doing so, you could free up disk space in your system and speed it up at the same time.
  • View additional metadata about your files by setting them to List view and using the View tab to Add columns. That should help you view details about files: date of creation, dimensions, date of modification, rating and size.
  • Use the Pin to Start option to quickly access folders. You can also drag folders to your taskbar to pin them there too!
  • Take advantage of Date modified metadata and File explorer search box to identify and group together old files for archiving.


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