Fix Error Code 0x80240008 for Windows 10 updates

Windows updates are very important considering the fact that many security updates are pushed through it. If you are unable to update your system, while not absolutely urgent, you need to fix the problem as soon as possible.

Among the many known issues with Windows updates is Error Code 0x80240008.

Error Code 0x80240008 For Windows Updates


This is short for WU_S_ALREADY_DOWNLOADED which means that the Windows update you are trying to download has already been downloaded. However, in most cases, this isn’t the situation.

Check for necessary services

1.  Search services in windows 10 search box. Click on the Services icon to open service manager window.

2. Locate Background Intelligent Transfer Service (BITS) service from the list.

3. Do a Right click on Background Intelligent Transfer Service (BITS) service, and click on Properties.

Bits Service


4.  Make sure that Startup type  Automatic (Delayed Start) is selected, if not then select it.


Startup Auto Bits


5. If the service status shows stopped or not running, click on start to start the service.

6. Now, click on Apply and then click on OK.

7.  Similarly Locate Windows Event Log service.

8. Right-click on it and click Properties.

9. Make sure that Startup type as Automatic is selected.

10. If the service status shows stopped or not running, click on start to start the service.

11. Finally, click on Apply and then click on OK.

Verify if the update is actually installed

We could check if the intended update is actually installed on the system.

1] Click on the Start button and then the gear-like symbol to open the Settings menu.

2] Go to Updates and security.




3] In the Windows update tab, click on View updates history.

4] It shows the list of all the updates that have been installed on the system along with the date. Check if the update under question is listed there.


Updates History


If not, proceed to the following troubleshooting.


Solution 1] Use the Windows updates troubleshooter

1] Go to Updates and security in Windows settings as suggested in the previous step.

2] Go to the Troubleshoot tab.

3] Select the Windows update troubleshooter and run it.

Windows Update Troubleshooter


4] Restart the system once the troubleshooting is done.


Solution 2] Check for suspicious software and delete them

At times, virus and malware cause such issues with Windows. The reason is simple, if Windows update is deterred, it would deter the security updates as well. Thus, the malware could not be countered. Usually, such malware is pushed into the system along with freeware.

1] Press Win +  R to open the Run window. Type control panel and press Enter to open the Control Panel window.

2] Go to Programs and features. It will display the list of all programs installed on the system. Arrange them in order of the date of installation.


Arrange As Per Installation Date


3] Probably, the most suspicious software would be among the ones which are recently installed. Keep an eye on freeware as well. Right-click and Uninstall whatever you think could have caused the problem.

Solution 3] Scan the system for virus and malware

In the previous solution, we checked recently installed programs for suspicion. However, in case the program has pushed the virus or malware into the system, we would have to scan the system and remove the same. To do so, we would need a good enough anti-virus software.

Solution 4] Disable the anti-virus software and Firewall temporarily

At times the anti-virus software and Firewall interfere with Windows updates, thus preventing them. We could temporarily disable the anti-virus software. Since the procedure is brand specific, we would recommend consulting the anti-virus provider for help with the same.

For disabling the Windows Defender Firewall, the procedure is as follows:

1] Press Win + R to open the Run window. Type control panel and press Enter to open the Control Panel window.

2] Go to Windows Defender Firewall.


Windows Defender Firewall


3] On the list on the left-hand side, Turn Windows Defender Firewall ON or OFF.

Turn Windows Defender Firewall On Or Off


4] Shift the radio button to Turn Off Windows Defender Firewall (not recommended) for both Private and Public network settings.

Turn Windows Defender Firewall On Or Off


Solution 5] Restart the PC in clean boot

While a clean boot isn’t a fix by itself, it could be very helpful in identifying the problem. Here’s the procedure to restart your system in clean boot state.

We hope this extensive troubleshooting would be helpful in fixing the issue.