How to fix Windows Update error code 0x80240fff in Windows 10

Are you seeing error code 0x80240fff in Windows 10? Like most other Windows errors, this one is confusing and doesn’t give you much information.

What is error 0x80240fff?

Error 0x80240fff in Windows 10 is related to Windows Update. You’ll see it in the Windows Update menu (located in Settings > Update & Security > Windows Update) when you manually check for updates or after Windows doesn’t automatically check for updates.

The error message usually looks like this:

There were some problems installing updates, but we'll try again later. If you keep seeing this and want to search the web or contact support for information, this may help (0x80240fff)

How to fix Windows Update error 0x80240fff in Windows 10

1. Restart the PC

Like in all other troubleshooting cases, it’s important to start from the simple stuff. Before moving on to advanced procedures, simply restart your PC to resolve any temporary glitches that might be causing this error.

2. Windows Update Delay

In previous versions, this feature was only available to Windows 10 Pro users, but now Windows 10 Home users can also use it. Go to Settings > Update & Security > Windows Update, then click Advanced options.

At the bottom of this page, you’ll see the title Pause updates. Use the drop-down box to select a date and Windows will not install any updates until that time.

How to fix Windows Update error code 0x80240fff in Windows 10

However, don’t delay security updates for too long. Try delaying for 3-5 days, then see if Windows Update works again after that.

3. Run Windows Update Troubleshooter

To use the Windows Update Troubleshooting tool, go to Settings > Update & Security > Troubleshoot. On this page, click the Additional troubleshooters link at the bottom. Then, on the resulting screen, click Windows Update > Run the troubleshooter in the Get up and running section to check for problems with the service.

How to fix Windows Update error code 0x80240fff in Windows 10

4. Turn off all VPN connections and anti-virus applications

Since turning on a VPN on a computer affects all its connections, there’s a chance that your VPN is interfering with checking for Windows updates. If nothing has fixed your problem and you use a VPN, turn it off before checking for updates again.

If this doesn’t work, try temporarily disabling your antivirus. It’s likely that this is preventing Windows Update from doing its job.

5. Restart Windows Update services

Type services into the Start menu to search for the utility, then open the Services menu from the results. This will open a full list of services.

For each service listed below, if you see it in Running status, right-click it and select Restart. In case the service is not running, right click on it and select Start.

How to fix Windows Update error code 0x80240fff in Windows 10

Application Identity
Background Intelligent Transfer Service
Cryptographic Services
Windows Update
Then try running Windows Update again.

6. Run System File Checker

When you have problems with any of the core Windows components, the SFC (System File Checker) tool is an important troubleshooting step.

This will check for corrupted Windows system files and attempt to fix them.

To run SFC, right-click the Start button (or press Windows + X) and select Command Prompt (Admin) or Windows PowerShell (Admin) from the list. Once there, enter the following:

sfc /scannow

This will scan and display the results when done. Note that this may take some time.

7. Install the latest version of Windows manually

Instead of relying on Windows Update, you should try downloading Windows 10 from the official Microsoft site. This will download the installer, trying to get the latest version on your system with an in-place upgrade.

How to fix Windows Update error code 0x80240fff in Windows 10

Either of these will work well if your problem is a temporary glitch with Windows Update itself and you just want the latest feature updates.

Good luck!!!

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