[0x80240fff] How to fix Windows 10 Update Code 0x80240fff

How to fix Windows 10 Update error code 0x80240fff 

Ah, Windows updates. They always work! (We’re kidding…) Windows Updates are always failing with random and stupid error codes. Don’t stress it, we’re here to help! Windows Update error code ‘0x80240fff’ is one of the more common errors – let’s get it fixed! 

If you’ve got any other error codes, we do have a generic error code check to take a quick look! Find it here.

Error code ‘0x80240fff’ is commonly found in Windows versions such as 1511 and only usually in Windows 10 Pro editions. The source of the common is unknown but I doubt we’ll ever know!


1. Windows 10 ‘Defer Upgrades’ (May not work on newer versions of Windows).

Windows 10 Pro users may be able to ‘defer’ the upgrade. This option gives you the option to defer upgrades that are causing you problems without stopping you from downloading others. To get to this section of the updates;

  1. Open the Windows Settings app by either searching in the Windows 10 search bar or by clicking the ‘Gear Icon’ in the Start menu. 
  2. Open the ‘Update and Security’ section and select the ‘Advanced options’ submenu.
  3. You will then see a ‘Choose how updates are installed’ and underneath, ‘Defer feature updates’.
  4. You may need to restart your PC for this to take effect.

2. Use the Windows 10 Update Assistant

One of the ways that we’ve learned to use, is using the Windows 10 Update assistant. We should mention that this only works when you are going from one major version (1607,1709,1803,1809 etc.) to the latest. To use this, head over to the Windows 10 download page. This will then show you at the top if you’re able to update with the latest and will give you an option for ‘Update Now’. If you go here and then follow through the steps, you will be on the newer version which can fix many issues, including the update issues.

Windows 10 Update Assistant Error
Windows 10 Update Assistant

3. Reset your Windows Update Services

A common fix to issues with Windows Updates is by restarting the services. Unfortunately, this bit might get a little technical but don’t worry – we’re here to help!

  1. Type ‘Command Prompt’ or ‘CMD’ in your search bar and run it with administrator privileges. (Right-click -> Run as Administrator)
  2. Copy and paste the following commands into your command prompt.
    1. net stop msiserver
    2. net stop wuauserv
    3. net stop bits
    4. net stop cryptSvc
  3. Rename the Catroot2 and Software Distribution folders. You can do this more easily by copying the following commands in the command prompt. 
    1. ren C:\Windows\SoftwareDistribution SoftwareDistribution.old
    2. ren C:\Windows\System32\catroot2 Catroot2.old
  4. Restart the services we stopped before by entering the following commands.
    1. net start wuauserv
    2. net start cryptSvc
    3. net start bits
    4. net start msiserver
  5. You may need to restart your PC after making these changes and attempt to check for updates again.

4. Run the Windows 10 Update Troubleshooter

Windows included the latest troubleshooter to their software called the Windows 10 update troubleshooter.

To get to this, simply type in ‘Troubleshoot’ into your Windows search bar, and once in the settings find ‘Windows Updates’. 

Once clicked, click ‘Run Troubleshooter’ and let it work its magic. 

This may require administrative rights if you don’t have it! 

Windows Troubleshoot Settings
Windows Troubleshoot Settings
Windows Troubleshoot Windows Updates
Windows Troubleshoot Windows Updates

Let us know if any of these helped you in the comments below.