Fix Windows update error 8024A000 with ease

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  • Microsoft has tried to make the updating process a pain-free one, but with so many software configurations out there, errors do appear from time to time.
  • The old Windows update error 8024A000 is still affecting many users. If you happen to be one of them, running the Windows Update Troubleshooter and renaming the Windows Update folder may both be quick solutions.
  • These types of problems are common, so we got you covered in this great Windows Update errors section.
  • You may find more easy-to-follow fixes for all sorts of computer issues in our dedicated Windows 10 errors hub.
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There are some old errors that haven’t been fixed officially by Microsoft, and various Windows 10 users are still reporting them.

In this guide, we’re going to focus on error 8024A000 and how you can fix it. Years ago, somebody has complained that when he tries to take the updates, Windows is throwing the error 8024A000.

Since then, this has become one of the most visited threads on the Windows sub-forum on the Microsoft Community website, with various fixes being suggested along the way.

We tried to find some of the working ones for you to get rid of your problem.

Is my Windows up to date? Find out by checking our constantly updated article!

How can I fix Windows update error 8024a000?

1. Run the Windows Update Troubleshooter

First of all, you need to perform the general Windows Update troubleshooting, because you just might be that lucky and you could solve it just like that. On Windows 10, you can run the troubleshooter from the Settings page.

windows update troubleshooter

On older OS versions, you can launch the tool from Control Panel.

windows update troubleshooter control panel

Working in Windows Troubleshooter is a nightmare? Try one of these tools instead!

2. Stop the Windows Update Services

If it doesn’t work, then you will need to stop services pertaining to Windows Update. For that, follow the following:

  1. Click Start, click All Programs, click Accessories, right-click Command Prompt, and select Run as Administrator.
  2. If you receive a notification from User Account Control simply click Continue.
  3. At the command prompt, type the following, commands and then press ENTER after each command.
    net stop wuauserv
    net stop bits
    net stop cryptsvc

3. Rename the Windows Update folder

If that didn’t help, try to rename the folders pertaining to Windows Update by following this:

  1. At the command prompt, type the following commands, and then press Enter after each command:
    ren %systemroot%System32Catroot2 Catroot2.old
    ren %systemroot%SoftwareDistribution SoftwareDistribution.old
  2. Do not close the Command Prompt window.

4. Register update DLLS again

Also, you might have to register the DLL’s pertaining to Windows Update like this:

  1. Copy and paste the following text into a new Notepad document, and save the file as WindowsUpdate.BAT
  2. If saved correctly, the icon will change from a Notepad file to BAT file which has two blue cogs as its icon.
  3. You can manually type each command at the command prompt
    regsvr32 c:windowssystem32vbscript.dll /s
    regsvr32 c:windowssystem32mshtml.dll /s
    regsvr32 c:windowssystem32msjava.dll /s
    regsvr32 c:windowssystem32jscript.dll /s
    regsvr32 c:windowssystem32msxml.dll /s
    regsvr32 c:windowssystem32actxprxy.dll /s
    regsvr32 c:windowssystem32shdocvw.dll /s
    regsvr32 wuapi.dll /s
    regsvr32 wuaueng1.dll /s
    regsvr32 wuaueng.dll /s
    regsvr32 wucltui.dll /s
    regsvr32 wups2.dll /s
    regsvr32 wups.dll /s
    regsvr32 wuweb.dll /s
    regsvr32 Softpub.dll /s
    regsvr32 Mssip32.dll /s
    regsvr32 Initpki.dll /s
    regsvr32 softpub.dll /s
    regsvr32 wintrust.dll /s
    regsvr32 initpki.dll /s
    regsvr32 dssenh.dll /s
    regsvr32 rsaenh.dll /s
    regsvr32 gpkcsp.dll /s
    regsvr32 sccbase.dll /s
    regsvr32 slbcsp.dll /s
    regsvr32 cryptdlg.dll /s
    regsvr32 Urlmon.dll /s
    regsvr32 Shdocvw.dll /s
    regsvr32 Msjava.dll /s
    regsvr32 Actxprxy.dll /s
    regsvr32 Oleaut32.dll /s
    regsvr32 Mshtml.dll /s
    regsvr32 msxml.dll /s
    regsvr32 msxml2.dll /s
    regsvr32 msxml3.dll /s
    regsvr32 Browseui.dll /s
    regsvr32 shell32.dll /s
    regsvr32 wuapi.dll /s
    regsvr32 wuaueng.dll /s
    regsvr32 wuaueng1.dll /s
    regsvr32 wucltui.dll /s
    regsvr32 wups.dll /s
    regsvr32 wuweb.dll /s
    regsvr32 jscript.dll /s
    regsvr32 atl.dll /s
    regsvr32 Mssip32.dll /s

Can’t access Registry Editor? Check out this guide and solve the issue quickly.

5. Restart Windows Update Services

Also, you might have to restart services pertaining to Windows Update by following these steps:

  1. Click Start, click All Programs, click Accessories, right-click Command Prompt, and select Run as Administrator.
  2. If you receive a notification from User Account Control simply click Continue.
  3. At the command prompt, type the following, commands and then press ENTER after each command.
    net start wuauserv
    net start bits
    net start cryptsvc
  4. Check for updates using Windows Update to see if the issue has been resolved.

6. Combine some of the above solutions

  1. Try the following, as well:
  2. Press Windows + X keys and select command prompt(admin).
  3. In the command prompt window, copy and paste the commands (all at once) –
    net stop wuauserv
    net stop cryptSvc
    net stop bits
    net stop msiserver
    ren C:WindowsSoftwareDistribution SoftwareDistribution.old
    ren C:WindowsSystem32catroot2 catroot2.old
    net start wuauserv
    net start cryptSvc
    net start bits
    net start msiserver
  4. Wait for the process to complete.
  5. Close command prompt.
  6. Now, go to Windows update and check.

7. Check your antivirus tools

Also, it’s a good idea to check whether you don’t have two antivirus software tools running in the same time, as it’s often not a good idea and it might result in conflicting software.

8. Clean boot your computer

  1. Go to Start > type msconfig > hit Enter.
  2. Go to System Configuration > click on the Services tab >  check the Hide all Microsoft services check box > click Disable all.hide all microsoft services
  3. Go to the Startup tab > Open Task Manager.
  4. Select each startup item > click Disable.disable startup programs
  5. Close Task Manager > restart the computer.

Let me know by leaving your comment below if this has solved your problems. If not, I’ll try looking into it and add more solutions if there are.

FAQ: Learn more about Windows Update

  • What happens if I shut down during a Windows update?

Shutting down during a Windows update may cause serious damage to your computer, so we strongly advise you against it.

  • How do I know if my Windows 10 is stuck on an update?

To confirm that your Windows 10 is stuck on an update, we’d recommend waiting a couple of hours, especially with slower computers.

It may seem inconvenient, but you don’t want to look for problems where there are none.

  • Why is Windows Update taking so long?

Outdated drivers slow down your download speed, so Windows Update may end up taking much longer than before. Check out this guide to update drivers in Windows 10.

Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in August 2018 and has been since revamped and updated in March 2020 for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.

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I have tried this over and over again as well as the other one with windows powershell
I made it work about 12 months ago, but now nothing works and I cannot update at all
Any help would be greatly appreciated.

I have an old Windows Vista system. Had to do everything for it to check for updates.

Thank you very much!

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