Solutions to fix Windows Update error 8024A000

By: Radu Tyrsina
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fix Windows Update error 8024A000

How can I fix update error 8024A000?

  1. Run the Windows Update Troubleshooter
  2. Stop the Windows Update Services
  3. Rename the Windows Update folder
  4. Register update DLLS again
  5. Restart Windows Update Services
  6. Combine some of the above solutions
  7. Check your antivirus tools
  8. Clean boot computer

There are some old errors that haven’t been fixed officially by Microsoft, and various Windows 10 and Windows 8.1 users are still reporting them. In this guide, we’re going to focus on error 8024A000 and how you can fix it.
Windows Update Error Code 8024A000 fix windows 8.1
Back in February 2009, 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 8.1 sub-forum on the Microsoft Community website, with various fixes being suggested along the way. We try to find some of the working ones for you to get rid of your problem.

How can I fix Windows update error 8024a000?

Solution 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, such as Windows 7 or Windows 8.1, you can launch the tool from Control Panel.

windows update troubleshooter control panel

Solution 2 – Stop the Windows Update Services

If it doesn’t work, then you will need to stopping 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.
    1. net stop wuauserv
    2. net stop bits
    3. net stop cryptsvc
  4. Please do not close the Command Prompt window.

Solution 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

Solution 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

Solution 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
    exit
  4. Check for updates using Windows Update to see if the issue has been resolved.

Solution 6 – Combine some of the above solutions

Try the following, as well:

  1. Press Windows + X keys and select command prompt(admin).
  2. 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
    • pause
  3. Wait for the process to complete.
  4. Close command prompt.
  5. Now, go to Windows update and check.

Solution 7 – Check your antivirus tools

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

Solution 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 Disabledisable 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.

Additional solutions to fix update errors on Windows PCs


Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in September 2014 and has been since updated for freshness, and accuracy.

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