FIX: Error 0x80246007 when downloading Windows 10 builds

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How to fix Error 0x80246007 on Windows 10

Windows Insider users reported not being able to download and install certain OS builds.

It appears that many users of the OS beta version encountered the 0x80246007  error code when trying to download the latest Windows 10 build.

The errors they got displayed the following messages:

  • Some updates didn’t finish downloading. We’ll keep trying. Error code: (0x80246007)
  • 0x80246007 Windows Store – Sometimes this error can appear while trying to download apps from Windows Store.
  • 0x80246007 Windows 7 – So the error can affect older versions of the OS as well.
  • Windows 10 update error 80246007 – This error usually appears when trying to install updates on Windows 10.

So if you’ve encountered one of these instances, check our recommended solutions.

How to fix  error 0x80246007 on Windows 10?

1. Check your antivirus

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If you’re getting error 0x80246007 while downloading Windows 10 builds, the issue might be your antivirus.

Even though antivirus tools are necessary, some tools aren’t fully compatible with Windows 10 and that can cause this and many other problems to appear.

For instance, McAfee users were highly impacted. The solution was to disable the McAfee antivirus firewall.

However, if you’re using a different antivirus, you might want to try disabling its firewall or other features and check if that solves the issue.

If the problem still persists, it’s recommended to completely disable your antivirus or remove it, and check if that solves the issue.

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2. Set BITS Service to run automatically

  1. Press Windows Key + R to launch Run. Type services.msc and press Enter.
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  2. Select Background Intelligent Transfer Service (BITS) in the newly opened window.
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  3. Right-click BITS and select Properties.
    Some updates didn't finish downloading. we'll keep trying. error code: (0x80246007)
  4.  On the General tab, set the Startup Type to Automatic (Delayed Start). Click Start and then Apply.

3. Perform a Clean boot

  1. Press Windows Key + R to open the Run dialog.
  2. Now enter msconfig and press Enter or click OK to proceed.
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  3. Navigate to the Services tab and check Hide all Microsoft services.
  4. Now click Disable all button.
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  5. Go to the Startup tab and click Open Task Manager.
    Some updates didn't finish downloading. we'll keep trying. error code: (0x80246007)
  6. Right-click the first entry on the list and choose Disable from the menu. (Repeat this step for all startup applications.)
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  7. After doing that, close Task Manager and go back to the System Configuration window.
  8. Click Apply and OK to save changes and restart your PC.
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Once your PC restarts, check if the problem still persists. If not, it means that one of your startup applications was causing the issue.

Now you can enable the disabled applications and services by using the same method as above.

If the error appears again, you might have to disable all your services and startup applications one by one until you find the one that is causing the problem. Once you find it, disable it or remove it, and the issue will be permanently resolved.

It’s worth mentioning that many applications will leave certain files and registry entries even after uninstalling them, and these might interfere with other programs.

So it’s recommended to use an uninstaller software to remove problematic applications.

Such a tool removes all files and registry entries associated with the unwanted application. If you’re looking for uninstaller software, we would recommend IOBit Uninstaller.

The program is easy to install and to use and is excellent at eliminating any traces of deleted apps.

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3. Create your own Repair. bat file

  1. Launch Notepad.
  2. Copy one of the following codes in the Notepad file:

net stop wuauserv
cd %systemroot%SoftwareDistribution
ren Download Download.old
net start wuauserv
net stop bits
net start bits

or

net stop wuauserv
cd %systemroot%SoftwareDistribution
ren Download Download.old
net start wuauserv
net stop bits
net start bits
net stop cryptsvc
cd %systemroot%system32
ren catroot2 catroot2old

net start cryptsvc

  1. Go to File and choose Save As.
    Some updates didn't finish downloading. we'll keep trying. error code: (0x80246007)
  2. Enter Repair.bat as the file name.
  3. In the Save as type box, click All Files (*.*) and save the file on your desktop.
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  4. Right-click the Repair.bat file and select Run as administrator.
  5. Type the administrator password if required, or click Continue.
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  6. Try to install the build again. When the build has been installed, delete the Repair.bat file.

4. Make sure that Windows Defender Firewall service is running

  1. Open the Services window.
  2. Locate Windows Defender Firewall on the list.
  3. Check the status of Windows Defender Firewall service. If the service isn’t running, right-click it and choose Start from the menu.
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After starting the Windows Defender Firewall service, check if the problem is resolved.

Note that Windows Update requires Windows Defender Firewall service to be activated.


5. Change User Account Control settings

  1. Press Windows Key + S and enter user account control.
  2. Choose Change User Account Control settings.
    Some updates didn't finish downloading. we'll keep trying. error code: (0x80246007)
  3. Move the slider all the way down to Never notify. Now click on OK to save changes.
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After doing that, User Account Control should be disabled and the problem will be resolved.

If you’re not familiar, User Account Control is a useful feature that prevents applications and users from running certain tasks that require administrative privileges.


6. Run the Windows Update troubleshooter

  1. Press Windows Key + S and enter troubleshoot.
  2. Choose Troubleshoot from the menu.
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  3. Select Windows Update from the menu on the left and click Run the troubleshooter.
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  4. Follow the instructions on the screen to complete the troubleshooter.

Once the troubleshooter is finished, the problem should be completely resolved.

On rare occasion, the troubleshooter itself freezes or won’t open. See this exhaustive guide to quickly get it back on track again.


8. Perform a System Restore

  1. Press Windows Key + S and enter system restore.
  2. Select Create a restore point from the list.
    Some updates didn't finish downloading. we'll keep trying. error code: (0x80246007)
  3. Click the System Restore button.
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  4. Now click Next.
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  5. If available, check Show more restore points and pick the desired restore point.
  6. Now click the Next button. Follow the instructions on the screen to complete the restoration process.
    Windows 10 update error 80246007

Once your PC is restored to the original state, check if the problem still persists.

These solutions should help whenever you’re having trouble installing the latest Windows 10 build in the Insider OS.

If you have other suggestions on the topic, feel free to share them with us in the comments.

Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in July 2016 and was completely revamped and updated in October 2020 for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.

Editor's Note: This article was originally published in July 2016 and was revamped and updated in October 2020 for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.
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