How to fix all Windows Update problems

Windows Update is the Microsoft tool that allows us to keep our equipment updated, to have the latest version of the operating system available and access all the news, but not only have new features but protect the ones we already have with security patches, with recent updates that fix possible errors in computer security. That is why if there is a problem, we must solve it. And in the next paragraphs we will tell you how to solve Windows Update problems or what are the most frequent errors and the codes that will alert us about them.

There are several options to solve problems in Update: we can analyze what the errors are, look for updates…

Fix problems in Windows 10 and 11

Troubleshooting in Windows 10 and 11 is available from the computer settings section. First we look at what the possible problems are and then we activate Windows Update looking for pending updates on the PC.

On Windows 10

  • We open Start on our computer
  • Let’s go to the Computer Configuration section
  • We touch on “Update and security”, the last option on the list
  • We go to the menu on the left bar of the screen
  • In the options, choose “Troubleshoot”
  • At the bottom, tap on “Additional troubleshooters”

It will start scanning and a series of options will appear. Running or “find and fix other problems”. Among the options, choose “Windows Update” and tap on the button “Run the troubleshooter.” Once you have it, reboot the device.

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Now, according to the recommended instructions, we must look for new updates to see if they appear as normal in Windows Update. The steps are simple:

  • We open Start and look for Settings
  • In the configuration section we touch on “Update and security”
  • We make sure that we are on the Update screen
  • We touch the button at the top of the screen: “Search for updates”

If it appears, install any pending updates.

upgradeOn Windows 11

The steps in Windows 11 vary slightly from the previous one because we will not have to go to update and security from configuration but to the “system” section.

  • We open Settings on the computer
  • We access the “System” section
  • Once here, we look “Problem solver”
  • We touch on the option “Other troubleshooters”
  • We look for the “Most frequent” section
  • We select “Update” and we confirm with execute

When it’s done, we restart. And once we have the computer ready again, we can go to Windows Update on the corresponding screen to search for pending updates.

Solve problems

Other possible solutions

It will depend on the version you have of Windows that we must do some steps or others.

On Windows 7 and 8.1

If the error codes appear on the computer we can go to the troubleshooter where we have to go through a series of steps answering the different questions. As explained by Microsoft, a series of troubleshooting steps specific to each situation and a question at the end of each step: Has the problem been resolved? If it is not resolved, we continue. If it is resolved, we select “Yes” and we finished.

To do so, we must go to the support web page and scroll, where we will begin to answer the different questions that the assistant asks us. The first is simple: what version of the operating system did you have the error? Of course, we must bear in mind that the problem solver is only useful if you have Windows 8 or Windows 7 because the current versions of the operating system have other proposed solutions.

Windows versions

On Windows 10 and Windows 11

Although there are no specific steps to solve the problem and it will depend on the error code, there are several aspects that we can take into account if we have some error during the installation, if we have a bug that prevents the update from being installed.

We can follow some simple steps that they recommend us from Microsoft:

  • Free up space.

It may be that the update is not downloaded to update the operating system. They need at least 16 GB of free space on the device. If you don’t have it, check the list of installed apps, delete files, etc.

  • Reboot to apply updates.

It is not enough to update, but we must restart for the corresponding update to be applied. The steps are simple and we simply have to go to Home and “Off” where the option to update and restart will appear on which we must click.

  • Disconnect external hardware

It is likely that external hardware can give us problems in some cases. From Microsoft they ask us for the following: “Remove all drives and storage devices external devices, docks, and any other hardware attached to the device that is not required for basic operation. Then run the updates again and see if this fixed the problem”

  • Update drivers

Update hardware drivers or check if there are any pending. In this case, we could see if they are stopping the update from developing normally. After the update, try to run the updates again.

error codes

There are many error codes that we will see in Windows Update depending on where the problem is. From the Microsoft help page we can find a complete list of all the error codes, the message and its description. They are generally divided into a number of categories there are hundreds of options available. We will not collect all possible errors, but many of those that can appear on the computer. According to Microsoft itself, the most common codes are those corresponding to 0x80240034; 0x8007000E, 0x80242006, 0x80244018, 0x80D02002, 0x80246017, 0x80240438, 0x80070070, 0x8007000D, 0x80246008, 0x80096004, 0x80.07 But are not the only ones.

There are several categories these errors fall into: automatic update errors, inventory errors, user interface errors, download manager errors, update driver errors, etc. We collect all of them below and just do Control+F so that the search box appears in the browser and we copy and paste ours to get rid of doubts, to know what is happening.

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Automatic update errors

If the automatic update doesn’t work, you may get an error telling you so.

  • 0x80243FFF – WU_E_AUCLIENT_UNEXPECTED – A user interface error occurred that was not covered by another WU_E_AUCLIENT_* error code.
  • 0x8024A000 – WU_E_AU_NOSERVICE – Automatic Updates failed handle incoming requests
  • 0x8024A002 – WU_E_AU_NONLEGACYSERVER – The previous version of Automatic Client Updates has stopped because the WSUS server has been updated.
  • 0x8024A003 – WU_E_AU_LEGACYCLIENTDISABLED – The previous version of Automatic Client Updates has been disabled.
  • 0x8024A004 – WU_E_AU_PAUSED – Automatic Updates could not process incoming requests because it was paused.
  • 0x8024A005 – WU_E_AU_NO_REGISTERED_SERVICE – There are no unmanaged services registered with AU.
  • 0x8024AFFF – WU_E_AU_UNEXPECTED – An Automatic Updates error not covered by other code in WU_E_AU*.s.

Update UI errors

If the downloads cannot be seen, the results of download are not availableetc.

  • 0x80243001 – WU_E_INSTALLATION_RESULTS_UNKNOWN_VERSION – The download and installation results could not be read from the registry due to an unrecognized data format version.
  • 0x80243002 – WU_E_INSTALLATION_RESULTS_INVALID_DATA – The download and installation results could not be read from the registry due to an invalid data format.
  • 0x80243003 – WU_E_INSTALLATION_RESULTS_NOT_FOUND – Download and installation results are not available; the operation may not have been able to start.
  • 0x80243004 – WU_E_TRAYICON_FAILURE – An error occurred while trying to create an icon in the taskbar notification area.
  • 0x80243FFD – WU_E_NON_UI_MODE – Can’t display UI when in non-UI mode. The WU client UI modules may not be installed.
  • 0x80243FFE – WU_E_WUCLTUI_UNSUPPORTED_VERSION – Unsupported version of exported WU Client UI functions.
  • 0x80243FFF – WU_E_AUCLIENT_UNEXPECTED – A user interface error occurred that was not covered by another WU_E_AUCLIENT_* error code.
  • 0x8024043D – WU_E_SERVICEPROP_NOTAVAIL – The requested service property is not available.

inventory errors

  • 0x80249001 – WU_E_INVENTORY_PARSEFAILED – Error parsing the rule file.
  • 0x80249002 – WU_E_INVENTORY_GET_INVENTORY_TYPE_FAILED – Failed to get requested inventory type from server.
  • 0x80249003 – WU_E_INVENTORY_RESULT_UPLOAD_FAILED Failed to upload inventory result to server.
  • 0x80249004 – WU_E_INVENTORY_UNEXPECTED – An inventory error not covered by another error code has occurred.
  • 0x80249005 – WU_E_INVENTORY_WMI_ERROR – A WMI error has occurred when listing the instances of a particular class.

Expression evaluator errors

Here we will find bugs where the expression evaluator does not recognize an expression or an operation cannot be completed, for example.

  • 0x8024E001 – WU_E_EE_UNKNOWN_EXPRESSION – An expression evaluator operation could not be completed because an expression was not recognized.
  • 0x8024E002 – WU_E_EE_INVALID_EXPRESSION An expression evaluator operation could not be completed because an expression was invalid.
  • 0x8024E003 – WU_E_EE_MISSING_METADATA An expression evaluator operation could not be completed because an expression contained an incorrect number of metadata nodes.
  • 0x8024E004 – WU_E_EE_INVALID_VERSION – An expression evaluator operation could not be completed because the data version of the expression serialized is invalid.
  • 0x8024E005 – WU_E_EE_NOT_INITIALIZED – The expression evaluator could not be initialized.
  • 0x8024E006 – WU_E_EE_INVALID_ATTRIBUTEDATA – An expression evaluator operation could not be completed because there was an invalid attribute.
  • 0x8024E007 – WU_E_EE_CLUSTER_ERROR – An expression evaluator operation could not be completed because the cluster status of the computer could not be determined.
  • 0x8024EFFF – WU_E_EE_UNEXPECTED – An expression evaluator error not covered by another WU_E_EE_* error code occurred.

information errors

Possible failures in which necessary information is missing or an operation does not complete.

  • 0x80247001 – WU_E_OL_INVALID_SCANFILE – An operation could not be completed because the scan package was invalid.
  • 0x80247002 WU_E_OL_NEWCLIENT_REQUIRED An operation could not be completed because the scan package requires a higher version of the Windows Update Agent.
  • 0x80247FFF – WU_E_OL_UNEXPECTED Unable to perform lookup with analytics package.
  • 0x8024F001 – WU_E_REPORTER_EVENTCACHECORRUPT – The event cache file was faulty.
  • 0x8024F002 – WU_E_REPORTER_EVENTNAMESPACEPARSEFAILED – The event namespace descriptor XML data could not be parsed.
  • 0x8024F003 – WU_E_INVALID_EVENT – The event namespace descriptor XML data could not be parsed.
  • 0x8024F004 – WU_E_SERVER_BUSY – The server has rejected an event because it was too busy.
  • 0x8024FFFF – WU_E_REPORTER_UNEXPECTED – A reporter error has occurred that is not covered by another error code.