If you are seeing an error message stating, “Windows Update error 0x80070424” on your computer then your system will not receive crucial updates unless you fix the problem manually. Simply, follow these easy steps and the problem will be solved easily.
Workarounds you can try–
1. Restart your computer and check if it helps.
2. Disable the antivirus and the firewall temporarily on your device, and then try updating your device.
Fix-1 Run Windows Update Troubleshooter-
Running Windows Update Troubleshooter will detect any error with Windows Update process on your computer.
1. Click on the Search box beside the Windows Icon, type “Troubleshoot settings“.
2. In the elevated search results, click on the “Troubleshoot settings“.
2. Now, on the right side of your Settings window, scroll down to find Get up and running section, click on “Windows Update” and then click on “Run the troubleshooter“.
3. Follow the on screen instructions and let the troubleshooter identify the problem.
Now, click on “Next” in the troubleshooter window.
This process will take some time as Windows will detect any problem with Windows Update.
3. Again click on “Next” to apply the fix.
Once the troubleshooting process is over, close troubleshooter window.
Reboot your computer.
After rebooting your computer, try to update your system again.
Fix-2 Automate services from CMD-
You can automate necessary services from Command Prompt window.
1. Press Windows key+R to launch Run.
2. Type “cmd” and press Ctrl+Shift+Enter together.
Command Prompt window will be opened with Administrative rights.
2. Now, copy and paste these commands one by one in Command Prompt window, and press Enter after each command to execute them to start and automate necessary Windows Update services.
sc config wuauserv start=auto sc config cryptSvc start=auto sc config bits start=auto sc config trustedinstaller start=auto
Once you have executed these commands on your computer, reboot your system and after rebooting, try to update your computer again.
Fix-3 Automate Windows Update service-
Automating Windows Update service on your computer may help you out.
1. Press Windows key+R to launch Run on your computer.
2. In Run window, type “services.msc” and then hit Enter.
Services window will be opened.
2. In Services window, scroll down and find “Windows Update” service. Double click on it to open it’s properties.
3. In Windows Update properties, click on ‘Startup type:‘ and choose “Automatic“.
4. Check if ‘Service Status:‘ is “Running” or not. Otherwise, click on “Start” to start the process.
5. Finally, click on “Apply” and “OK” to save the changes on your computer.
6. Coming back to Services window, right click on “Windows Update” service and then click on “Restart” to restart the service on your computer.
Close Services window on your computer.
Check if this works or not.
Fix-4 Rename SoftwareDistribution folder-
Renaming SoftwareDistribution folder on your computer will fix this issue for sure. Follow these steps minutely-
1. Press Windows key+R to launch Run.
2. Now, type “cmd” and then press Ctrl+Shift+Enter to launch Command Prompt with administrative rights.
2. In Command Prompt window, copy-paste these commands sequentially and hit Enter after each of them to execute these commands on your computer. These will stop some services temporarily on your computer.
net stop wuauserv net stop cryptSvc net stop bits net stop msiserver
3. Now, copy-paste these two commands sequentially in Command Prompt window and hit Enter after each of them to execute both of these commands on your computer. These commands will rename both of the folders on your computer.
ren C:\Windows\SoftwareDistribution SoftwareDistribution.old ren C:\Windows\System32\catroot2 catroot2.old
4. Again in Command Prompt window, copy-paste these commands one by one and hit Enter after each of them to execute these commands on your computer. The stopped services will be started again.
net start wuauserv net start cryptSvc net start bits net start msiserver
Once when all the commands are executed on your computer, close Command Prompt window.
Reboot your computer and after rebooting your computer further try to update your system.
Your problem will be solved.
Sambit is a Mechanical Engineer By qualification who loves to write about Windows 10 and solutions to weirdest possible problems.