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Getting Windows Update error code 0x80240fff

CervisTECH asked
I am trying to do a Windows update on a Dell XPS Windows 10 OS. But I keep getting the message "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: (ox8o240fff)". This is what I tried so far  --> After deleting the contents of the SoftwareDistribution folder:

1. net stop wuauserv
2. net stop cryptsvc
3. net stop BITS
4. net stop msiservice
5. ren c:\windows\softwaredistribution softwaredistribution.old
6. ren c;\windows\system32\catroot2 catroot2.old
7. Restarted the stopped services
8. From PowerSricpt, ran: wuauclt.exe /updatenow

Any ideas?
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What is the edition and version of your Windows 10?
Have you tried to defer windows updates in advanced options and then manually update?
For Home edition you can try to use Media creation tool to update. Here updates can't be deferred.
Or you can also try to use built in Windows Update Troubleshooter


I am using Windows 10 Enterprise. I tried the Windows Update Troubleshooter but that didn't work either it gave back message: "Windows Update components must be repaired" and then the status say "fixed". But when I go to run updates it still fails, it comes back with the same error as above "0x80240fff".  Thanks!
Distinguished Expert 2017

get the update troubleshooter,

Though you are using a Volume License version and would commonly be expected to retrieve updates from an internal WSUS server.


Thanks everyone for their assistance.
Distinguished Expert 2017

May I enquire how the assistant helped, do you have yo follow the link to volume licensing site?
Wesley LennonVP of Domestic & Int'l Operations - Retired

@davorin asked, "What version of Windows 10 are you running." You replied Windows 10 Enterprise. It still will have a Windows Version, you can find it by open Settings from the Windows icon on the taskbar, choose the "gear symbol, when that window opens, click on Windows Update, on the right side of the page, you will see in the color Blue a link called OS Build Info, click on that and near the bottom of the next page it will say for instance (mine is) 1909. This is the version you are currently running.

Are you using an independent Anit Virus w/network security + Windows Defender, if so disable the Windows Defender? (it's acting as if you have a problem in the System 32 files)

Are you sure you are getting Internet?

Okay, give this a try, go here: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/software-download/windows10
Attempt to try the Update Now in the grey box at the top, keep the above page open, till you know it has worked, there are other options on the page, one includes a reinstall. Or you can try a reinstall from Windows Settings to replace any missing system files, if done correctly, it will keep everything else you are currently using. On the Settings Page, you are looking for Recovery, the first option allows you to keep your personal files and reinstalls.