0x80245004 Windows Update Error: How to Fix It

Run the update troubleshooter to fix this error code

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When using Windows OS, you will encounter different Windows update errors on your PC. These Windows update errors are pretty generic and throw an error code such as 0x80245004. You have to troubleshoot yourself to fix the Windows update errors.

In this guide, we have compiled a list of solutions to help you resolve the Windows update error 0x80245004 on your PC. This error could pop up on Windows 11 and Windows 10 PC. So, you can apply the solutions on both OSs. Let us get right into it.

Why am I getting an update error 0x80245004?

Just like every other Windows update error, there can be similar or different reasons that could trigger the Windows update error 0x80245004 on your PC. Some of them are listed below:

Let us take a look at the solutions that will help you resolve the Windows update error 0x80245004.

How can I fix the update error 0x80245004?

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1. Run the Windows update troubleshooter

  1. Press the Win + I keys to open Settings.
  2. Click Troubleshoot.
  3. Select Other troubleshooters.
  4. Click on Run next to the Windows Update option.
  5. The troubleshooter will start detecting the issues.
  6. Apply the prompted fixes.
  7. Restart your PC.

If you encounter any issue related to Windows update, you should run the Windows update troubleshooter. This will help you resolve all the underlying issues with the Windows update service and might also help you fix update error 0x80245004.

2. Fix corrupt system files

  1. Press the Win key to open the Start menu.
  2. Run Command Prompt as an admin.
  3. Type the below command and press Enter. sfc /scannowCMD sfcscannow
  4. Wait for SFC Scan to complete the process.
  5. Type the below commands and press Enter after each one. Dism /Online /Cleanup-Image /CheckHealth Dism /Online /Cleanup-Image /ScanHealth Dism /Online /Cleanup-Image /RestoreHealth
  6. Restart your PC.

You can fix the corrupt system files on your PC by running the above two commands. However, this may not work every time, and for that, you may require the help of a dedicated tool.

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3. Rename SoftwareDistribution and catroot2 folder

  1. Open the Start menu by pressing the Win key.
  2. Open Command Prompt as an admin.
  3. Type the below command and press Enter after each one. ren %systemroot%\SoftwareDistribution SoftwareDistribution.old ren %systemroot%\system32\catroot2 catroot2.old
  4. Restart your PC.
  5. Try updating your PC.

By running the above two commands, you are renaming the SoftwareDistribution and catroot2 folders.

These are the folders that Windows Update makes use of to store temporary update files. Chances are these old temporary files are conflicting with the latest update files and not letting you install the update.

Simply renaming these folders to make Windows update think that these folders are missing, and will create new ones and replace them.

4. Restart important services

  1. Open the Start menu by pressing the Win key.
  2. Open Command Prompt as an admin.
  3. Type the below commands and press Enter after each. net stop bits net stop wuauserv net stop appidsvc net start cryptsvc
  4. Now type the below commands to start the services and press Enter. net start bits net start wuauserv net start appidsvc net start cryptsvc
  5. Restart your PC.

5. Perform a virus scan

  1. Press the Win key to open the Start menu.
  2. Select Windows Security.Windows Security open
  3. Click Virus & threat protection.
  4. Click Quick Scan.
  5. Let the scan complete.
  6. Apply the prompted fixes to remove the malware.
  7. You can also click on Scan options and select Full scan for a deep scan.Full scan - Scan now
  8. Restart your PC.

If there are viruses or malware on your PC, then your PC will misbehave and cause multiple issues, including the Windows update error 0x80245004. However, you can’t rely much on Windows Security as it can’t remove sticky viruses.

For that purpose, you can check out our guide, which lists some of the best antivirus software to protect your PC from malware.

That is it from us in this guide. For users getting the update error 0x8007001e, you can easily fix this problem by applying the solutions below.

If your PC is running slow after installing an update, we suggest you check out our guide, which explains some easy steps to boost your PC’s speed after installing an update.

Feel free to let us know in the comments below which one of the above solutions resolved the Windows update error 0x80245004 problem for you.

Still experiencing issues?


If the above suggestions have not solved your problem, your computer may experience more severe Windows troubles. We suggest choosing an all-in-one solution like Fortect to fix problems efficiently. After installation, just click the View&Fix button and then press Start Repair.

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