- Windows Updates errors are a common occurrence, especially after major updates.
- The guide below will show you how to handle the Windows Update error code 80244010.
- For more guides on these particular errors, check out our dedicated Windows Update Errors Hub.
- If other PC issues are bothering you, visit out Windows 10 Errors page.
The Windows Update error 80244010 can arise in various Windows platforms. When Windows can’t search for and find new updates, users see an 80244010 error code.
The error message states:
Windows could not search for new updates.
It’s an issue that often arises on desktops or laptops connected to a LAN network. If you need to fix error code 80244010, check out the potential resolutions below.
How do I fix Windows update error 80244010?
1. Open the Windows Updater troubleshooter
First, open the Windows Update troubleshooter, which might provide some resolutions for error 80244010.
- To do that via the Control Panel, press the Windows key + R hotkey.
- Input Control Panel in the Open text box, and click the OK button.
- Select the All Control Panel Items option shown below.
- Click Troubleshooting to open the applet directly below.
- Click View All, and then select Windows Update.
- Click Advanced to select an Apply all repairs automatically option.
- Press the Next button.
- Select the Apply this fix option.
2. Run a System File Checker Scan
As error 80244010 can be due to corrupted system files, a System File Checker scan might resolve it.
- Press the Windows key + S hotkey.
- Enter cmd in the search box.
- Right-click Command Prompt to select Run as administrator.
- Enter this command first:
- DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth.
- Press the Return key after entering.
- Then enter sfc /scannow in the Command Prompt, and press the Return key.
- Wait for the SFC scan to finish. Restart Windows if the scan repairs files.
3. Reset the update components
Resetting Windows Update’s components might fix error 80244010.
- To do that, open the Command Prompt as an administrator.
- Then input the separate commands below:
- net stop wuauserv
- net stop cryptSvc
- net stop bits
- net stop msiserver
- net stop wuauserv
- Enter the command ren C:WindowsSoftwareDistribution SoftwareDistribution.old, and press the Return button.
- Then input ren C:WindowsSystem32catroot2 Catroot2.old in the Prompt, and press the Enter key.
- Input these commands separately to restart their services:
- net start wuauserv
- net start cryptSvc
- net start bits
- net start msiserver
- net start wuauserv
4. Enable the Detection Frequency in Group Policy Editor
If you’re encountering error 80244010 on a network server or client, try enabling Detection Frequency with the Group Policy Editor.
- Open the Run accessory.
- Input gpedit.msc in the Open box and click OK to open Group Policy Editor.
- Then click Computer Configuration, Administrative Templates, Windows Components, and Windows Updates on the left of Group Policy Editor.
- Double-click the Automatic Update detection frequency policy on the right of the window.
- Select the Enabled option.
- Then enter a value less than the default 22 in the interval text box.
- Click the Apply option.
- Click OK to close the window.
5. Reset Windows
Resetting Windows to refresh it might also fix error 80244010.
- You can reset Windows 10 by entering reset in the search box.
- Click Reset this PC to open the Settings window as shown directly below.
- Click Get started to open the Reset this PC window.
- Select the Keep my files option.
- Press the Next and Reset buttons.
Those are a few of the confirmed fixes for error 80244010. Let us know which of these solutions worked for your PC by leaving us a message in the comments section below.
FAQ: Learn more about Windows Update Errors
- What are Windows Update Errors?
Windows Update Errors are issues that appear before, during, or after you perform an OS update.
- How do I fix Windows Update Errors?
The simplest way to try fixing a Windows Update Error is to use the Windows Update Troubleshooter.
- Do Windows updates come often?
Most updates are unannounced, except for big ones, like the monthly Patch Tuesday updates.
Editor's Note: This article was originally published in February 2020 and was revamped and updated in July 2020 for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.