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How to Fix Windows 10 Update Error 0x80240fff

Windows is the most popular operating system on planet earth. Annoyingly, users encounter issues when performing even the most mundane of tasks. One such issue is the Windows 10 update error 0x80240fff that occurs when trying to update to the latest release/ update. If you have experienced the same, worry not, this article explains detailed methods of fixing windows 10 error 0x80240fff.

Method 1: Deferring Updates

One simple way of fixing windows 10 update error code 0x80240fff, particularly for Windows Pro users, is by using the Defer Upgrades option which selects a different server from which you download the updates.

Part 1: Settings App

Step 1: Launch the settings via the Start menu.

Step 2: Click Update & Security > Advanced Options.

Step 3: Check the “Defer feature updates” option.

defer feature updates windows10

Step 4: To apply changes reboot your computer.

Part 2: Using Local Group Policy Editor

Step 1: Launch Local Group Policy Editor by searching it on Cortana Search bar.

Step 2: Navigate to “Administrative Templates” that falls under “Computer Configuration”. Click Windows Components > Windows Update.

Step 3: Find and click “Defer Upgrades and Updates” from the list of policies on the right-hand pane.

lgpe defer upgrades

Step 4: Click “Enabled”. You can then defer monthly or weekly upgrades. For monthly, enter a number between 1 and 8 to defer upgrades in one-month increments.

defer monthly upgrades

For weekly, do the same, but you can only enter a number between 1 and 4.

Method 2: Windows Media Creation Tool

Windows home users can fix Windows 10 wont update error 0x80240fff by using Windows Media Creation Tool.

Step 1: Download Window Media Creation Tool here, and run it as Admin.

Step 2: Accept the terms and click Upgrade this PC > Next.

Step 3: Installation of Windows 10 will begin once the download is complete.

Step 4: Select “Change what to keep” and click “Install “after closing all open files and apps.


Step 5: Wait for the installation to complete. Your PC may reboot several times.

Method 3: Windows Update Catalog

This is also a convenient method for Windows home users. It involves downloading and installing the updates manually using Windows Update Catalog.

Step 1: Visit: https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/4018124/windows-10-update-history and locate the latest update on the top of the list.

windows10 update history

Step 2: Copy the KB number (including the letters), launch Microsoft Update Catalog and search it by pasting it in Microsoft Update Catalog search bar.

Microsoft update catalog

Step 3: Download the appropriate, 32 or 64-bit, upgrade and run it.

download update

Step 4: Follow the prompts and reboot your PC.

Step 1: Launch the settings app.

Step 2: Click Update & Security > Troubleshoot > Windows Update.

Step 3: Wait for the troubleshooting process to complete and click launch Internet Connections troubleshooter.

troubleshoot windows update

Method 5: Reset Windows Update Services

Step 1: Run command prompt as administrator.

Step 2: End MSI Installer, Windows Update Services, BITS and Cryptographic by entering the following commands.

net stop msiserver

net stop wuauserv

net stop bits

net stop cryptSvc

kill processes

Step 3: Rename Catroot2 and Software Disribution folders by entering the commands below.

ren C:\Windows\SoftwareDistribution SoftwareDistribution.old

ren C:\Windows\System32\catroot2 Catroot2.old

Step 4: Start all the services you killed in Step 2 by using start in place of stop as shown below.

net start wuauserv

net start cryptSvc

net start bits

net start msiserver

Step 5: Reboot your computer. All changes will be applied.


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