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Fix Windows Update Error 0x8024a203 on Windows 11/10

Windows Update is a very useful service that provides a platform to update the operating system. This helps ensure that your device is running with the latest features and security updates. However, some users recently encountered an error code 0x8024a203 when they run Windows update on their computers. In this article, we have covered some quick and easy fixes that might help you fix this problem. Now let’s see how to solve it.

Fix Windows Update Error 0x8024a203 on Windows 11/10

Despite the newness of the Windows operating system, users face multiple problems with it. One of these errors is 0x8024a203, which occurs when updating Windows. At this point, the user cannot download and install the latest Windows update. If you are facing the same problem as us, don’t worry, we have compiled a list of effective solutions to help you.

  1. Run Windows Update Troubleshooter
  2. Delete temporary files
  3. Run SFC and DISM tool
  4. Reset Windows Update Components
  5. Manually download and install updates

Let us now see them in detail.

Windows Update Error 0x8024a203

1]Run Windows Update Troubleshooter

Microsoft Windows comes with different types of troubleshooting tools that can be used to fix different types of issues. When you encounter a Windows Update error, you should first run the Windows Update Troubleshooter. You can do this by following these steps:

For Windows 11

  • Open Windows Settings. For quick access to the Settings app, use the Windows+I keyboard shortcut.
  • On the left side of the screen, select System.
  • Then scroll down and click on the Repair section.

Windows Update Troubleshooter

  • Click it Course button next to Windows Update.
  • When the troubleshooting process is complete, the issue may be resolved.

For Windows 10

  • Launch Windows Settings.
  • Click on the Update and security Category.
  • In the left pane, click the Troubleshoot tongue.
  • Then click on the Additional troubleshooting tool link.

Fix Update Error 0x8024a203 on Windows 11/10

  • On the next page, select Windows Update and click Run the troubleshooter.
  • Once you have done this, check if the issue still occurs.

2]Delete temporary files

If you’re having trouble installing Windows updates, you can clear your temporary files and cache. After clearing them, restart your computer and check if it works.

3]Run SFC and DISM

System File Checker (SFC) is a tool that users can use to detect and restore corrupted system files. If you are experiencing this problem, it appears that some of the files needed by Windows Update are damaged, corrupted, or missing. In order to restore missing or corrupted system files, you can use System File Checker followed by Deployment Image Servicing and Management (DISM).

Follow the instructions below to run SFC and DISM:

Update error 0x8024a203 on Windows 11/10

Run the command prompt as an administrator.

Type sfc/scannow and press Enter.

Wait a few minutes for the procedure to complete. While the system is scanning the code, you can perform any other task you wish.

After the scanning process is complete, restart your computer to see if it works.

If that doesn’t fix the problem, run DISM to repair corrupt Windows Update files.

Copy and paste the following command into the elevated Command Prompt window and press the Enter key:

Run the DISM Tool

DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth

Once done, restart your computer and the issue should be resolved.

However, if your Windows Update client is already brokenyou will be prompted to use a running Windows installation as the repair source or to use a side-by-side Windows folder from a network share as the source for the files.

You will then need to run the following command instead:

DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-Image /RestoreHealth /Source:C:RepairSourceWindows /LimitAccess

Here you need to replace the C:RepairSourceWindows placeholder with the location of your repair source.

Once the process is complete, DISM will create a log file in %windir%/Logs/CBS/CBS.log and capture any issues detected or fixed by the tool.

Close Command Prompt then run Windows Update again and see it helped.

4]Reset Windows Update Components

This problem can also occur if some type of corruption occurs in your system files. So, if you still have a problem after running SFC and DISM utilities, you can reset Windows Update components and see if it works. Here’s a guide to help you do that:

  • The first thing you need to do is run the command prompt as administrator.
  • To do this, press the Windows key + R to open the Run dialog box.
  • In the text field, type cmd and press Ctrl+Shift+Enter keyboard shortcut.
  • When UAC asks for permission, click Yes.
  • Once it opens the command prompt, type the following commands. After typing each command, press Enter:
net stop bits
net stop wuauserv
net stop appidsvc
net stop cryptsvc
  • In this case, the Background Intelligent Transfer Service (BITS), Windows Update Service, and Encryption Service will stop working.
  • Now is the time to reset Windows Update components by deleting all qmgr*.dat files from your computer.
  • To do this, type the command line below in the command prompt and press Enter.
Del "%ALLUSERSPROFILE%Application DataMicrosoftNetworkDownloaderqmgr*.dat"
  • Then type Yes on your keyboard to confirm the deletion.
  • Next, you need to rename the SoftwareDistribution and catroot2 folders.
  • To do this, run the following commands in the Command Prompt window. Remember to press Enter after typing each command.
Ren %systemroot%SoftwareDistribution SoftwareDistribution.bak
Ren %systemroot%system32catroot2 catroot2.bak
  • After doing this, you need to reset BITS and Windows Update services to their default settings.
  • To do this, type the commands below in the elevated Command Prompt window:
  • To run commands, press Enter after each one.
  • In the Command Prompt window, type the following code to navigate to the System32 directory. Press Enter to continue.
cd /d %windir%system32
  • Type the following commands and make sure to press Enter after each command.
regsvr32.exe atl.dll
regsvr32.exe urlmon.dll
regsvr32.exe mshtml.dll
regsvr32.exe shdocvw.dll
regsvr32.exe browseui.dll
regsvr32.exe jscript.dll
regsvr32.exe vbscript.dll
regsvr32.exe scrrun.dll
regsvr32.exe msxml.dll
regsvr32.exe msxml3.dll
regsvr32.exe msxml6.dll
regsvr32.exe actxprxy.dll
regsvr32.exe softpub.dll
regsvr32.exe wintrust.dll
regsvr32.exe dssenh.dll
regsvr32.exe rsaenh.dll
regsvr32.exe gpkcsp.dll
regsvr32.exe sccbase.dll
regsvr32.exe slbcsp.dll
regsvr32.exe cryptdlg.dll
regsvr32.exe oleaut32.dll
regsvr32.exe ole32.dll
regsvr32.exe shell32.dll
regsvr32.exe initpki.dll
regsvr32.exe wuapi.dll
regsvr32.exe wuaueng.dll
regsvr32.exe wuaueng1.dll
regsvr32.exe wucltui.dll
regsvr32.exe wups.dll
regsvr32.exe wups2.dll
regsvr32.exe wuweb.dll
regsvr32.exe qmgr.dll
regsvr32.exe qmgrprxy.dll
regsvr32.exe wucltux.dll
regsvr32.exe muweb.dll
regsvr32.exe wuwebv.dll
  • Running the above commands will re-register all respective BITS files and Windows Update related DLL files.
  • Your next step should be to reset any network configurations that may have contributed to the problematic error.
  • To do this, run the commands below:
netsh winsock reset
netsh winsock reset proxy
  • Once that’s done, it’s time to restart the services you stopped earlier, such as Background Intelligent Transfer Service (BITS), Windows Update, and Cryptography.
  • To do this, open the command prompt and run the command line below. You must press Enter after each command.
net start bits
net start wuauserv
net start appidsvc
net start cryptsvc
  • Now close the command prompt window and restart your computer.
  • When your PC starts up, go to Windows Updates and see if you can install pending updates

5]Manually download and install updates

If none of the above fixes the problem, you can try downloading and installing the update manually from the Microsoft Update Catalog and see if that helps.

How to Fix Windows Update Assistant Error?

If you are having problems with Windows Update Assistant on your computer, you can follow the steps below to fix the problem. Restart the Windows Update service. Run the Windows Update Troubleshooter. Temporarily disable third-party antivirus program and Windows Defender. Clean the update cache.

What does Windows Update do?

Windows Update keeps the operating system and other Microsoft programs up to date. Security patches and feature upgrades provided by Microsoft prevent malware attacks and other threats. Additionally, it allows you to view your update history, which lists all the updates your computer has downloaded and installed.

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Windows Update Error 0x8024a203