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Fixes for Windows Update error 0x80240004

The following are two things you can try when Windows Update fails with a mysterious error such as 0x80240004

Fix #1 – Rename software distribution folder.

  1. Go to the MoGo or the Start Menu and find cmd -> right click on cmd -> Run as administrator and run the following command:
  2. net stop wuauserv

  3. Click Run, type: %windir% and press Enter.
  4. In the opened window, rename the folder SoftwareDistribution to SoftwareDistributionold.123 Close the window.
  5. Go back to the cmd window and run the following command:
  6. net start wuauserv

  7. Now perform the windows update and check the issue, if the issue persists please follow the below,

Fix #2 – Hack the registry

  1. Go to the MoGo or the Start Menu and find regedit.exe and run it
  2. Navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Polocies\Microsoft\Windows\WindowsUpdate\AU
  3. Change the value of UseWUServer from 1 to 0.
  4. Now perform the windows update and hopefully it will work.