FIX: Windows 10 error 0x8024a112

by Ivan Jenic
Ivan Jenic
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Are you getting Windows Update Error Code error 0x8024a112? Read on! This post will address this problem.

Sometimes, after running Windows update, the system refuses to restart resulting in the error 0x8024a112 which usually displays with the text:

We’re having trouble restarting to finish the install. Try again in a little while. If you keep seeing this, try searching the web or contacting support for help. This error code might help: (0x8024a112).

However, this error is due to factors such as terminated service, corrupted system file or incomplete update which requires restart.

Hence, Windows Report has compiled the following solutions applicable in solving the error problem.

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Steps to fix Windows 10 error 0x8024a112

Solution 1: Manually restart your PC

Windows users reported that they were able to solve the Windows 10 error 0x8024a112 problem simply by restarting their PC.

This method is a quick fix which can clear up the error and make it possible for you to access clear the error message.

However, if you still get the error after restarting your PC, you may proceed to the next step.

Solution 2: Temporarily turn off firewalls and any antivirus or malware prevention software

Sometimes multiple firewall, antivirus or malware programs, may at times prevent you from performing certain tasks or run processes on your computer most especially Windows update.

If this is the cause of the issue, turn either of the three off temporarily, and then attempt to log in again.

In addition, make sure you enable these programs after fixing the error so as to ensure your system is secure.

If you still cannot fix Windows 10 error 0x8024a112after disabling and re-enabling your security software, try the next solution.

Solution 3: Run Windows Update troubleshooter

Windows Update troubleshooter is Windows 10’ built-in program which automatically detects, and fixes most incorrect settings on your PC resulting in Windows Update failure.

Here’s how to run the troubleshooter:

  1. Click Start
  2. In the search field box, type Troubleshooting
  3. Click Troubleshooting
  4. Click View all in the left panewindows 10 error 0x8024a112
  5. Select Windows Updatewindows 10 error 0x8024a112
  6. Click Next to run Windows Update Troubleshooter, then follow the instructions on the screenwindows 10 error 0x8024a112

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If you still cannot fix error 0x8024a112 after running Windows Update troubleshooter, try the next solution.

Solution 4: Run System Restore in safe mode

Safe mode is a diagnostics mode in Windows which starts your PC with only basic files and drivers running.

However, you can perform system restore in safe mode to revert back to a certain restore point on your system devoid of error 0x8024a112.

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Here’s how to do this:

  1. Shut down your PC and turn it on again.
  2. Navigate to the “Run in Safe Mode” option and hit “Enter”.
  3. Go to Start > Type “system restore” and then hit “Enter”.
  4. Follow the prompts to revert back to a certain restore point.
  5. Wait for the process to complete, and then reboot.

Note: Ensure you are able to identify the restore point date before the error message display. Also, System restore does not affect any of your files, documents, and personal data.

Solution 5: Remove the Software Distribution folder

Disclaimer: this solution contains steps that are part of modifying the registry. Please note that serious problems may occur if you do this incorrectly. Ensure you follow these steps correctly, and carefully.

Back up the registry before you modify it, and then restore it if a problem occurs.

Follow these steps to manually reset the Windows Updates Components:

  1. Right click Start
  2. Select Command Prompt (Admin)
  3. Click Yes when asked for permissions
  4. Stop the BITS, Cryptographic, MSI Installer, and Windows Update Services by typing the following commands at a command prompt:
  • net stop wuauserv
  • net stop cryptSvc
  • net stop bits
  • net stop msiserver

(Press Enter after each command you type)

  1. Rename the SoftwareDistribution and Catroot2 folder by typing the commands below in the Command Prompt then press Enter after each command you type:
  • Ren C:WindowssoftwareDistribution SoftwareDistribution.old
  • Ren C:WindowsSystem32catroot2 Catroot2.old
  1. Restart the BITS, Cryptographic, MSI Installer, and Windows Update Services by typing the following commands in Command prompt:
  • net stop wuauserv
  • net stop cryptSvc
  • net stop bits
  • net stop msiserver
  1. Type Exit in the Command Prompt to close it

Try running Windows Updates again to check if the Windows 10 error 0x8024a112 has been resolved.

Note: It isn’t recommended to uncheck the ‘Give me updates’ for other Microsoft products when using Windows update option. Windows Updates downloads and installs updates required to run Windows efficiently.

If you get ‘Access Denied’ when trying the step above, do the following:

  • Log in first as administrator or use administrator user account
  • Stop the Windows Update service and try to rename SoftwareDistribution folder
  • Right-click Start
  • Select Run
  • Type services.msc and press OK or enterwindows 10 error 0x8024a112
  • Scroll down and locate Windows Update service
  • Right-click and select Properties
  • Stop the servicewindows 10 error 0x8024a112
  • Follow the steps again to reset Windows Update Components

Once you complete the process, go to Services window again and start Windows Update service, and then restart the computer.

Need more ideas on how to delete the Software Distribution folder on Windows 10? Check out this guide.

Solution 6: Perform a Clean Boot

Clean boot is a procedure in Windows that starts your PC in a clean state devoid of software conflicts.

These conflicts most especially related to error 0x8024a112 can be caused by applications and services that start up and run in the background whenever you start Windows normally.

In order to successfully perform a clean boot on Windows 10, you have to be logged on as the administrator, and then follow these steps:

  1. Go to the search box, and then type “msconfig”
  2. Select System Configuration to open the dialog box as below:
  3. Find Services tab, and then select Hide all Microsoft services box
  4. Click Disable allwindows 10 error 0x8024a112
  5. Go to Startup tab
  6. Click Open Task Manager
  7. Close Task manager then click Ok
  8. Finally, reboot your PC

You should be able to find and download available updates after trying out any of the solution we mentioned above.

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Have in mind that you can use workarounds presented in this article for multiple Windows Update errors, not just the one we addressed today.

In case you have any questions or suggestions, the comments section is below.

For more Windows Update workarounds, and additional info, make sure to check our Windows Update hub.

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