How to fix error 0X80240FFF on Windows 10

Can’t you download updates? Windows Update shows you the error 0X80240FFF? On this post, I will show you several ways to fix this problem.

One of the most necessary and essential things to do in Windows 10 is downloading updates since there you have several bug fixes, security patches, and improvement of the overall performance of the operating system.

As usually happens on some occasions, some errors don’t let you install or download updates, and one of them is the error code 0X80240FFF, which affects all the Windows 10 editions.

That’s why on this post I want to show you all the methods that you can use to fix this error.

Method #1: Pause Updates in Windows 10

You can fix this error quickly, by pausing the Windows updates for a while and then reenable it. Follow these steps.

  1. Open the Settings tool using the keyboard shortcut: Win + I
  2. There, scroll down and click on the section Update & Security
  3. On the left side menu, go to the Windows Update
  4. Finally, on the right side, click on the button: Pause updates for 7 days
    pause updates for 7 days windows update
  5. This button will pause all the Windows Updates, wait about 5 minutes and then click on the button Resume updates
    resume windows updates

Method #2: Use the Windows Media Creation Tool

This option applies to Windows 10 editions and allows you to update the operating system by downloading the latest available updates. To do this, follow these steps:

  1. First, you need to download the Windows Media Creation Tool from the following link.
  2. Once downloaded, open it and accepts the terms of the license
  3. Finally, click on the button Upgrade this PC now
    download windows 10
  4. Then you only need to wait for the tool to update Windows 10 and download all the remaining updates

Method #3: Run Troubleshooter

Windows 10 includes a useful tool that gives you the possibility to fix various problems in multiple parts of the system automatically or provide you with alternative solutions.

The tools’ name is Troubleshooter, and you can run it following these steps:

  1. Open the Windows Settings from the Start Menu or using the keyboard shortcut: Win + I
  2. Once there, click on the section Update & Security
  3. On the left side menu, click on Troubleshoot
  4. Now, on the right side, scroll down and click on the Windows Update under the section Get up and running
  5. Finally, click on the button Run the troubleshooter
    windows update troubleshooter
  6. A new window will open, and there you only need to wait for Windows 10 to fix the error 0X80240FFF

Method #4: Restart BITS Service

The BITS (Background Intelligent Transfer Service) service transfers files (downloads or uploads) between a client and server and provides progress information related to transfers.

In some cases, this service may be the cause of why you can download updates. So, follow these steps to restart it:

  1. Open the Run window using the keyboard shortcut: Win + R
  2. In the box, type the command services.msc and press Enter
  3. In the Services window, find the line Background Intelligent Transfer Service and right-click on it.
  4. Finally, in the menu, select the option Restart
  5. Then wait for the process to restart and try to download the updates again.

Method #5: Reset Windows Update Components

If any of the methods above fix the error, you can try to reset all the Windows Update components, to do that follow these simple steps:

  1. Open the Start Menu and type the word cmd
  2. Rightclick on the first result and in the menu select Run as Administrator
  3. Once in the Command Prompt, copy and run the following commands one by one to stop Windows Update:
    net stop wuauserv
    net stop cryptSvc
    net stop bits
    net stop msiserver
  4. Now, you need to change the name of the folder SoftwareDistribution and catroot2, running the following commands one by one:
    Ren C:\Windows\softwareDistribution SoftwareDistribution.old
    Ren C:\Windows\System32\catroot2 Catroot2.old
  5. Finally, you need to start Windows Update, running the following commands one by one:
    net start wuauserv
    net start cryptSvc
    net start bits
    net start msiserver

Method #6: Download Updates Manually to Fix Error 0X80240FFF

If after all, you still can’t download updates using Windows Update, you can try to install them manually.

Microsoft offers you a global catalog where you can manually download the available updates for the system, and then install them like usual programs.

  1. First, take note of the names of all the updates you want to install
  2. Open your favorite browser and visit this website.
  3. Once there, at the top right, type the name of the update and click on the Search button.

Method #7: Disable your Antivirus

Antivirus are useful programs that you usually install on all your computers to protect them for any malicious attacks or possible virus infections. But sometimes this software has false positives that block inoffensive Windows updates.

So, you can try to disable your Antivirus:

  1. Rightclick on the icon of your Antivirus located in the taskbar
  2. Navigate to the option Disable shield > Temporarily disable for 10 minutes (These options depend on your Antivirus)
    avast disable antivirus google chrome not opening
  3. Now try to download the updates.

Method #8: Fix Errors using DISM

DISM is a tool integrated into Windows 10 through which you can fix numerous problems associated with the system image.

So you can try to fix the error 0X80240FFF following the steps:

  1. Open the Windows Search using the keyboard shortcut: Win + S
  2. There type the word cmd and right-click on the first result, then in the menu select Run as Administrator
  3. Once in the Command Prompt, copy and run the following command: DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth
    dism restore health

Method #9: Configure Windows Update Service

This error may be happening because the Windows Update service isn’t configured to run appropriately. You can check that, following these steps:

  1. Open the Run window using the keyboard shortcut: Win + R
  2. In the box, type the word services.msc and press Enter
  3. Once in the Services window, find the Windows Update service and double-click on it
  4. In the window that opens, in the drown down menu Startup type, select the option Automatic
  5. Now, navigate to the Log On tab and there click on the option Local System account under the section Log on as:
  6. Finally, restart your computer and try to install the updates again.

Method #10: Reset Windows 10 To Fix error 0X80240FFF

If none of the methods I show you above give you a solution to this error, you can use the last resource, reset Windows 10.

To do that, follow these steps:

  1. Open the Windows Settings using the keyboard shortcut: Win + I
  2. On this window, click on the section Update & Security
  3. Now, on the left side menu, scroll down and click on the option Recovery
  4. On the right side, click on the button Get started under the section Reset this PC
    get started reset this pc
  5. Finally, on the window that opens, you can choose if you want to keep your files or remove them.
  6. Then you only need to follow the wizard until the end to reset Windows 10.

Wrapping Up: Error 0X80240FFF

Download and installing updates on Windows 10 is an essential task that all users need to do. In that way, you will be securing your system and improving their performance.

Now, you can fix the error 0X80240FFF that don’t let you install updates on your computer in several easy ways, and you will be able to enjoy all the new fixes, security patches, and features.

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