Almost every time I try to update my Windows 10 operating system, I face an error. Like me, other Windows 10 users also keep facing multiple errors while updating their computer.
Of which, the Windows Update error 0x8024a105 is more common than others.
“0x8024a105” – this error code can seriously break down your whole Windows 10 PC, so it’s necessary for you to know how to fix it. Luckily, there are several ways to solve the Windows Update 0x8024a105 error on Windows 10.
Fixing the Windows Update 0x8024a105 error, however, is trickier than you’d expect. To make the solutions simple and easy to follow, you must know more about the 0x8024a105 Windows Update error.
What is update error 0x8024a105 in Windows 10?
A common error that occurs when you attempt to upgrade Windows 10 by enabling ‘Automatic Update’ is coded as the Windows Update error 0x8024a105.
It is an error that abruptly stops the download and/or installation of an ongoing system update on Windows 10.
As the download or installation of an update runs in the background, you face the 0x8024a105 error in form of a message, that reads –
There were problems downloading some updates, but we’ll try again later. If you keep seeing this, try searching the web or contacting support for help. This error code might help: (0x8024a105).
Here, the error code “0x8024a105” is meant as a warning from Windows. The operating system is informing the user or programmer about a malfunction.
Like all error codes, there are many ways to fix Windows Update error 0x8024a105.
How to Fix 0x8024a105 Windows 10 Update Error – 10 Easy Ways
You can try to fix 0x8024a105 error with a simple system reboot. Restarting your Windows 10 PC could possibly fix the error. If your Windows Update doesn’t resume back to normal, then you can try out the solutions shown below –
1. Update the Drivers
For your Windows Update program to work properly, your computer’s drivers and system adapters need to be properly upgraded. Outdated drivers can trigger the 0x8024a105 Windows 10 Update error.
It is best to solve this error by updating drivers, before you move on to more intricate solutions. You can manually update Windows 10 drivers as follows, or get automatic driver updates with best driver updater tools of 2019.
To manually update driver in Windows 10,
- Press the Windows key and hit the X key to open Windows 10 control menu
- Here, press the M key or click on ‘Device Manager’
- In the Device Manager window, navigate through the list of drivers and system adapter
- Right-click on a driver, click on ‘Update driver software’
- Follow the onscreen instructions
- Select the option – Search automatically for updated driver software
- Restart your PC later
Now, run Windows Update and see if you still face the 0x8024a105 error while downloading or installing a new system update.
2. Use Troubleshooter
If outdated drivers are not the problem, then there could be some other issue that must have triggered this error code.
0x8024a105 Windows 10 Update error can be diagnosed and fixed automatically with the Windows Troubleshooter program.
- Click on the Start menu and type “Troubleshoot” in the search box
- Press the Enter key and click on the first search result – Troubleshoot (System settings)
- In the Troubleshooter window, select ‘Windows Update’
- Click on ‘Run Troubleshooter’
Allow the scanning to begin and once a problem is detected, click on ‘Apply this Fix’
In several cases, Windows Troubleshooter has fixed the 0x8024a105 update error on Windows 10 by repairing the corrupted files from Windows Update database.
3. Try a Different Internet Connection
A small change can also do some good to fixing your Windows 10 PC. When your PC is stuck at the 0x8024a105 update error, try disconnecting the Internet connection.
Then, you can connect your Windows 10 computer to a different network and provide Internet access. I chose to switch from my wireless connection to a wired connection.
Issues with the Wi-Fi router or the CAT5 cable could cause the Windows Update failure. So, one can try fixing the 0x8024a105 error by switching between wired and wireless internet connections.
4. Scan & Repair Corrupted Files with DISM
Corrupted files in your Windows 10 computer can also cause the Windows 10 Update error 0x8024a105. It can be fixed by automatically repairing the corrupted system files.
DISM (Deployment Image Servicing Management) tool in your Windows computer can get this done. The DISM tool scans your computer for corrupted files, repairs the detected files in it, and even recovers the damaged files.
To fix corrupted files with DISM,
- Press the ‘Windows’ key and hit the X key
- Click on ‘Command Prompt (admin)’ from the menu
- In the Command Prompt window, type the following command and press the Enter key
- DISM /Online /Cleanup-Image /CheckHealth
The DISM tool finds a corrupted file and repairs it successfully. Close the Command Prompt window and reboot your Windows 10 after the scan & repair is complete.
5. Rebuild the Windows Update Tool Agent
Restoring your Windows Update program is a good fix for this error. Due to some file corruption, the Windows Update tool’s agent is unable to function normally.
You need to reset the Windows 10 Update tool agent –
- Download the Reset Windows Update Agent file (.zip) from official Microsoft source
- Right-click on the file and select ‘Run as administrator’ from the dropdown menu
- In the prompt message, press ‘Y’ to confirm the affirmative answer to ‘Do you want to continue with this process?’
Thereafter, your PC gets scanned for Windows Update related issues. Faults are automatically detected and repaired, which could result in fixing the 0x8024a105 error.
6. Empty the Software Distribution Folder (or Reset it)
Software Distribution Folder is a key component of the Windows Update process. Unwanted or malicious files in the folder can stop an update from installing or downloading.
You may face the 0x8024a105 Windows 10 Update error if the Software Distribution Folder on your PC contains damaged files. Here’s how you clear out the contents of Software Distribution Folder and reset it.
- Press the Windows key and X key (together)
- From the control menu, click on ‘Command Prompt (admin)’
- Now, type the following commands and press the Enter key after each line
net stop bits
net stop wuauserv
net stop appidsvc
net stop cryptsvc
- Minimize the Command Prompt window and open a File Explorer window
- Navigate to this address –
- Open the Command Prompt window again, and type the following commands
net start bits
net start wuauserv
net start appidsvc
net start cryptsvc
- Press the Enter key after each command-line
- Restart your Windows 10
After resetting the agent, run Windows Update and see if you still face the error or not.
7. Modify the Windows Update Settings
A few tweaks in the Windows Update settings can also fix the 0x8024a105 error. To customize the settings for Windows Update on your Windows 10 computer, follow these simple steps –
- Open the Start menu
- Click on the gear icon to open Settings window
- Here, go to Update & Security
- Click on Advanced options
- Put a tick on the box for – Give me updates for other Microsoft products when I update Windows
- For using a local network, click on ‘Delivery Optimization’ – where you enable the option that says “Allow downloads from other PCs”
Now, resume to updating your Windows 10. This small change could possible fix the 0x8024a105 error.
8. Reset Catroot2
Similar to how you reset Software Distribution folder to fix 0x8024a105 error, this method restores the Catroot2 folder in your computer.
When you reset all the Windows Update components on your Windows 10, the 0x8024a105 error gets fixed naturally.
To reset Catroot2 folder,
- Open the Command Prompt (admin) program as shown earlier
- Type the following command and press Enter key after each line
net stop bits net stop wuauserv net stop appidsvc net stop cryptsvc
- This stops all update services on your Windows 10 PC
- Now, type the following line and press Enter key after it ends
Ren %systemroot%\system32\catroot2 catroot2.old
Now, re-enable the update services by typing following lines in the Command Prompt window (press Enter key after each line)
net start bits net start wuauserv net start appidsvc net start cryptsvc
Restart your PC to put these changes into effect.
9. Change Your UAC Settings
If that didn’t work, then you can also try a rarely used trick to fix 0x8024a105 Windows Update error.
- Press the Windows + R key to open Run dialog
- Type “netplwiz” and click on OK
- In the User Accounts window, go to Properties tab and click on ‘Group Membership’
- Select ‘Administrator’ and click on ‘Apply’
After saving the changes, open Windows Update and run new updates to check if the error still persists or not.
This fix works when your current Windows 10 user account doesn’t have all permissions, which end up blocking the installation of an update.
10. Install the Windows Update from its ISO File
If the 0x8024a105 error occurs only while installing a specific update, then there’s an alternate way. You can skip the usually Windows Update process and manually get the update installed on your Windows 10 computer.
The ISO file of that specific update plays a key role here. First, download the Media Creation tool by Microsoft.
With the onscreen instructions, you can get the ISO file of an update from the Media Creation tool. Make sure you don’t select ‘Update now’ instead click on Create Installation media.
The tool takes time to download the ISO file
After its completely downloaded transfer the ISO file to a USB flash drive
Now, connect the drive to your PC again and open the ISO file
The update process starts automatically. Here, you need to select ‘Download and install updates’ as the option. Click on ‘Next’ when you face prompts.
You can select the updates you want to keep and follow the onscreen instructions to continue the update process.
This is how you bypass the 0x8024a105 Windows Update error on Windows 10.
11. Clean-boot Your PC
Lastly, you can perform a clean-boot on your Windows 10 computer. It can help you restore the Windows Update components back to normal.
- Open the Run dialog (press Windows and R key)
- Type “msconfig” and click on OK
- In the System Configuration utility window, go to the Services tab
- Tick the option – Hide all Microsoft services
- Now, click on ‘Disable all’ button
- Click on OK and Apply to save the changes
A clean-boot or another fix (from the above) can surely solve the 0x8024a105 error on your Windows 10 PC. Let us know which fix helped your Windows 10 Update issue.
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