Windows update encountered an unknown error. Code 80244008

loshdog used Ask the Experts™
Hello and thank you for taking the time out to read my question.

I have a server running MS SBS 2008 Standard FE.
All of a sudden the OS will not update.
When i launch windows update it fails saying:

Code 80244008      Windows update encountered an unknown error.

I googled the error code but was getting nowhere fast.

Please any help would be appreciated. The server is way outdated on security patches.


Thank you in advance.
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Looks like a temporary update problem.  See the following knowledge base article:

Also may be worth looking at your Windows Firewall settings.

Good luck
Are you using WSUS?  Since this is SBS 2k8 I'm assuming you are.

You should post your WindowsUpdate.log so that we may have more info.

See for some preliminary troubleshooting steps.  

Also, may also address the issue.

Kind Regards


Hello and thank you for the prompt response.

I have tried all the above recommendations they had to change. Still can't update. :(
How about posting that windows update log?


Thank you for your time and input.

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