Are you seeing the error code 0x80240fff in Windows 10? Like most Windows errors, it's cryptic and doesn't give you a lot of information.
We are here to help. Let's take a look at what Windows Update Error 0x80240fff means and how to fix this problem.
What is error 0x80240fff?
The error 0x80240fff in Windows 10 is related to Windows Update. You can see it in the Windows Update menu (under Settings> Update & Security> Windows UpdateIf you manually check for updates or if Windows fails, it will automatically check for updates.
The error message usually looks something like this:
There were some issues installing updates, but we'll try again later. If you keep seeing this and want to search the internet for information or contact support, this may be helpful (0x80240fff).
Here's what to do if Windows Update doesn't work because of this error.
1. Restart your PC
As with any troubleshooting, it's important to start simply. Just restart your PC before proceeding with the advanced procedures to remove any temporary glitches that could be causing this error.
After restarting, you should also make sure that your computer is properly online. Visit different websites to make sure your computer isn't having a major network problem preventing Windows updates from downloading. If so, please see our Network Troubleshooting Guide for help.
2. Postpone Windows Updates
Oddly enough, the most common solution to Windows Update error 0x80240fff is to postpone updates for a few days. If you are not aware, this feature can be used to temporarily pause Windows Update. This is useful if you don't want your computer to restart or make changes automatically during business-critical tasks.
In previous versions, this feature was only available to Windows 10 Pro users, but now it can also be used by Windows 10 Home. Go to Settings> Update & Security> Windows Update, then click Expanded options.
At the bottom of this page you will see a Pause updates Header. Use the drop-down box to select a date. Windows will not install any updates until then. Once this is done, Windows will install any pending updates before you can pause again.
Many have reported that deferring updates fixes error 0x80240fff. This could be because the server that you are receiving updates from is being changed. So if you run into problems, you can try installing the update later from another server.
However, you don't want to put off security updates for too long. Try postponing the process for 3-5 days, and then see if Windows Update works again.
3. Run the Windows Update Troubleshooter
Windows 10 includes several built-in troubleshooting tools that you can use to troubleshoot common problems in a variety of areas. While they don't always have an effect, they are worth trying when you have a problem, just in case.
To use the Windows Update troubleshooting tool, go to Settings> Update & Security> Troubleshooting. Click on this page Additional bug fixes Link below. Then click on the screen that appears Windows Update> Run the Troubleshooter by doing Get on your way Section to check for problems with the service.
If this finds something it will try to fix the problems automatically. Try again to check for updates once the troubleshooting is done.
4. Disable all VPN connections and anti-virus apps
Since enabling a VPN on your computer affects all connections, chances are your VPN could interfere with checking for Windows updates. If your problem hasn't been resolved and you're using a VPN, disable it before checking for updates again.
If that doesn't work, temporarily disable your antivirus app. There is a possibility that Windows Update will not do its job as a result.
5. Restart Windows Update Services
Windows Update relies on many background services, so if any of those services have a problem, it will fail. If you've come this far and are still seeing error 0x80240fff, the next thing you should try to restart some services that may have failed.
Art Services In the Start menu, click for the utility and open the Services Menu from the results. This will open up an extensive list of services.
For each of the below, if you see it already is To runRight click on it and choose Restart. If it doesn't work, right click on it and select begin.
Smart background transfer service
Then try running Windows Update again.
6. Run the System File Checker
If you're having problems with a core Windows component, the System File Checker (SFC) tool is an important troubleshooting step. This will scan for corrupted Windows system files and attempt to fix them.
To run SFC, right-click the Start button (or press Windows key + X.) and choose Command Prompt (Admin) or Windows PowerShell (Admin) from the list. Enter the following there:
sfc / scannow
This will run a scan and display the results when the process is complete. Note that this can take some time.
7. Install the latest version of Windows manually
If you see error 0x80240fff when trying to download the latest feature update for Windows 10, there is another way to try installing the latest Windows 10 version.
Instead of relying on Windows Update, you should try downloading Windows 10 from Microsoft's official site. This will download an installer that will attempt to bring the latest version to your system with an in-place upgrade.
If that doesn't work, you can use the Media Creation Tool to create Windows 10 installation media from a USB flash drive. To do this, you need to start the flash drive and install the latest version manually.
Both should work fine if your problem is a temporary hiccup with Windows Update itself, and you just want the latest feature update.
Fixing error 0x80240fff in Windows 10
Now you know how to fix Windows Update Error 0x80240fff when it comes up. Since this is related to Windows Update, the cause of the problem is likely either your network connection or a Windows component. If you are lucky, you will have a simple solution and be able to keep your PC properly updated.
If these steps didn't solve your problem, you can take additional steps to resolve common Windows Update issues.
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