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rtrembley
May 13, 2013

How to fix Windows Update Error 8024800A?

I keep getting error 8024800A when I try to update Windows 7. I'm not sure what's causing it, never had a problem before. Has anyone experienced this error?

stephenronald
08/18/2014

 

Easy Steps to Fix Windows Update Error 8024800a


1) Rename the Software Distribution Folder:

  • Open Start Menu >> All Programs Accessories >> Right click: Command Prompt and select “run as administrator”.
  • Type following commands; and press Enter after every cmd:
  • net stop bits
  • net stop wuauserv
  • rd/s/q %windir%\softwareDistribution
  • Exit

Now reboot your machine


2) Check Software Distribution Settings:

  • Now open my computer >> C Drive >> Windows
  • Right click the “SoftwareDistribution” folder. Select Properties
  • From the properties, click the security tab >> Provide Read/Write permissions >> Apply >> OK

 

3) Run SFC:

  • Insert Windows Operating system installation disc
  • Click Start Menu >> All Programs Accessories >> Right click: Command Prompt and select “run as administrator”.
  • Type Command:  SFC/SCANNOW
  • Exit

 

4) Re-Register Windows Update API:

  • Click Start Menu >> All Programs >> Accessories >> Right click: Command Prompt and select “run as administrator”.
  • Type Command:  RegSvr32 WUAPI.DLL
  • Exit

 

5) Restore The System:

  • Click Start Menu >> All Programs >> Accessories
  • Select System tools >> System Restore
  • Select a restore point and follow the wizard

 

6) Run Registry Scan:

  • Download, Install and Run ReglnOut System Utility
  • Start Full scan and fix all errors
  • After finishing the process restart your computer
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Ron Lockhart
06/26/2013

This solution worked for me with Windows 7. It was supplied by Microsoft at this link. It also appears to have worked for dozens of others with the same problem.

 

a) Click on “Start” and type “cmd” (without the quotations).

b) When you see the “cmd” icon, Right Click on it and select “Run as administrator”.

c) On the open 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:\Windows\SoftwareDistribution SoftwareDistribution.old

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

net start wuauserv

net start cryptSvc

net start bits

net start msiserver

pause

d) Wait for the process to complete.

e) Close the Command Prompt.

Now, go to Windows Update and try installing the updates. This should fix your problem

jimlynch
05/16/2013
This thread might be useful:

http://www.eightforums.com/windows-updates-activation/22290-windows-upda...

"Windows updater starts searching then freezes, with error: 4024800A.

Running Trouble Shooter shows it as fixed but it continues to recur.

Microsoft support engineer gives the following solution: Click here --> MSsupport It's the third post down.



Or to save time:

1. Open Start Menu --> Windows System --> Right click: Command Prompt and open as administrator.

2. Type or copy/paste each of the following commands; and press Enter after each one:

net stop bits
net stop wuauserv
rd /s /q %windir%\Softwaredistribution


3. Reboot. Takes a while to resort everything"
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TheCount
05/14/2013

I'm not sure what caused it to start popping up, but it's been somewhat "popular" over the past couple of months. I found an answer from Microsoft that should help you fix it.

http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/forum/windows_7-windows_updat...

Answer this