Error Code 0x80240004 While Updating Windows Fixed

Yet another window update error code 0x80240004 is presented when windows 10 Users try to Install available Updates.

Most of us like to download and install windows updates as and when they are made available. We all like to keep our system up-to-date. But, sometimes because of some reasons, Updates don’t get installed automatically and users have to do some tweaking to avoid an error like 0x80240004.


How to Fix Update error Code 0x80240004 Windows 10

Windows 10 users see “There were some problems installing updates, But we’ll try again later” Which is then followed by the name of the Update and the error code 0x80240004.

error Code 0x80240004

While there are no sure-shot ways to fix this kind of windows update errors, we have figured out some ways to fix error 0x80240004. Step by step guide for you to follow is available below.


Method 1: Using Windows Update Troubleshooter.

If an error is related to a windows update, you must always try Windows update troubleshooter as your first resort. Running Update troubleshooter does not work every time but if there are some minor problems with your system, this method itself will solve your problem of error 0x80240004.

Steps to use Windows Update troubleshooter:

  1. Right-click the start button and click on Settings. Alternatively, press Windows key + I.
  2. Click on Update and security.
  3. Go to Troubleshoot then click on Run the Troubleshooter.
  4. Let the troubleshooter finish before checking again if this solved error code 0x80240004 or not.


Method 2: Resetting Windows Update Component.

In this method, we will use Commands in Command Prompt to do 3 things.

  1. Stop windows update related system Service.
  2. Rename 2 folders where windows Save temporary update files.
  3. Lastly, Restart Windows-related System Service.

Steps to perform all of the above are mentioned below.

Open Command prompt by type “cmd” in the search bar and right-click on Command prompt to run it as administrator.

Alternatively, Right-click on the Start button and click on Windows Powershell (Admin).

Now, we will stop windows update related system service by typing 4 commands mentioned below

net stop bits

net stop wuauserv

net stop appidsvc

net stop cryptsvc

Remember to press enter after each command. This will Stop System services related to windows updates.

Now it’s time to rename 2 Folders. Execute these 2 commands for that.

ren %systemroot%\SoftwareDistribution SoftwareDistribution.old

ren %systemroot%\system32\catroot2 catroot2.old

This will Rename the SoftwareDistribution folder to SoftwareDistribution.old & catroot2 to catroot2.old.

You have successfully Renamed these folders so far. As you have renamed them, windows will think these 2 folders are missing and it will automatically create them next time. This might fix error code 0x80240004 for you.

Now it’s time to Restart the windows update related services again. Simply Type below commands and cmd and press Enter after each.

net start bits

net start wuauserv

net start appidsvc

net start cryptsvc

Now try to Update your windows and see if you are still getting error code 0x80240004.


Method 3: Manually Download and install Update to fix 0x80240004

Yes, you can manually download and Install windows update from Microsoft’s very own website. It’s a Catalog for Windows updates. You can search with your update name and download your desired update anytime.

  • Click here to go to Update Catalog site
  • Type Update name like KB4023057(replace with your update) and click on search.
  • You will see the list of updates. Choose the one that fits your system and Download it.

So, these were 3 Methods that might help you to fix 0x80240004. Let us know which one worked for you.

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