Fix Windows Update error 0x8024a105

Lately, a friend asked me to fix windows update 0x8024a105. He wasn’t able to run and install Windows Updates for the last few weeks. So, here’s the thing: Every now and then Windows Update may get stuck. And there’s no need to install additional “handy tools”. I’d strongly recommend against it. Most of them contain spyware, malware, or just want you to buy their PRO version.

If you encounter Windows Update error 0x8024a105 on your Windows 10 pc, follow these steps to solve it, quickly and easily.

“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: (0x8024a105)”

Step 1: Run the Windows Update Troubleshooter

The most user-friendly way to fix Windows update error 0x8024a105, is to run the troubleshooter. You should try this step first before proceeding to step 2

  1. In Windows 10, click Start -> Settings -> Update & Security -> Troubleshoot
  2. Under Get up and running, select Windows Update
  3. Select Run the troubleshooter
  4. Follow the wizard

If your problem is not fixed, continue with step 2.

Step 2: Make sure that essential Windows Update services are running

The following services are essential for Windows Update to function correctly:

  • Background Intelligent Transfer Service (BITS)
  • Windows Update (wuauserv)
  • Workstation (LanmanWorkstation)

To verify the services are running, follow these steps:

  1. Click Start -> type services -> click Services
    services (app)
  2. In the Services window
    1. Double-click Background Intelligent Transfer Service.
      1. If the Startup status lists Stopped, click Start and then click OK.
      2. If the status is Running, click Restart
    2. Double-click Windows Update.
      1. If the Startup status lists Stopped, click Start and then click OK.
      2. If the status is Running, click Restart
    3. Double-click Workstation.
      1. If the Startup status lists Stopped, click Start and then click OK.
      2. If the status is Running, click Restart
  3. Close the Services window
  4. Try to install Windows updates again.

If your problem is not fixed, continue with step 3.

Rename Software Distribution folders

The Software Distribution folders contain downloaded and temporary data for installing Windows Updates. Sometimes data in these folders become corrupt. It is safe to delete the folders. They will be recreated automatically. Follow these steps to delete the folders:

  1. Open a command prompt as an administrator
  2. Run the following lines, one by one. Or you may copy and paste all lines at once. Make sure you hit ENTER at the last line (which is a common mistake to forget).
    net stop wuauserv
    net stop cryptsvc
    net stop bits
    net stop msiserver
    del /Q %systemroot%\softwaredistribution
    del /Q %systemroot%\system32\catroot2
    net start wuauserv
    net start cryptSvc
    net start bits
    net start msiserver


    restart windows update services
  3. Try to install Windows updates again. You may need to restart your computer first. But just try to run it immediately. It may save you a computer restart :)

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