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How to Fix Windows Update Error 0x80070424

Windows Update error 0x80070424 when running Windows Updates is related to the Windows Update offline installer.

If strategically, the system files are missing or Windows update services are stopped during the Windows update installation process, you will not be able to update your computer, and you will encounter an error on the screen “Windows update 0x80070424”.

In this article you will find out:

  • efficient solutions for 0x80070424 error
  • how to protect your data

Are you ready? Let's read!

What causes the Windows Update Error 0x80070424 on Windows 10?

Since the issue has been around for a while, its underlying causes are no longer a mystery. It could be brought on by —

  • Update services for Windows. In order for Windows Update to safely download and install, certain services must be active. The error will thus be displayed if the necessary services are not operating.
  • Necessary system files If specific system files needed for the update are not registered on the system, this error may also occur.

To address your problem, put the following suggestions into practice.

1. Use Windows Update Troubleshooter

To get started, you can use the Windows Update troubleshooter. Its action is aimed at fixing and eliminating any errors of Windows updates.

To do this, select the Settings option in the Start menu, then to Update & Security. Next, click on the Troubleshoot function.

In the new window, find Windows Update and click Run the Troubleshooter and follow the further on-screen instructions.

Restart your computer after completing this process and try updating your system.

Run SFC (System File Checker) and DISM

As mentioned above, corruption of important system files can lead to the problem in question. Try running the SFC tool first. If it can't restore system files, then run DISM - it will be more efficient.

1. SFC:

Press Windows + S and enter cmd and press OK; then right-click on "Command Prompt" and select "Run as administrator".

In the appropriate window, Enter sfc /scannow and press the Enter key and wait until the scan and repair process is complete.

2. DISM:

Press Windows Key + X and run Command Prompt (Admin), and then copy and paste the following command:

DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth

If DISM cannot retrieve files online, try using the installation DVD. Paste it in and enter the following command:

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

Don't forget to replace the C: Repair Windows path on your DVD.

Now, restart your computer and rather check if the error is gone.

3. Restart the Update Services

Some Windows (Workstation, Windows Update, and Background Smart Transfer) may not work and, as a result, you will receive code: 0x80070424.

You need to enable these services and then restart your computer.

To do this, press Windows Key + R to open the Run window and type services.msc. And then click OK.

Look for Workstation, Windows Update, and Background Smart Transfer services in the Services tab and click each one twice. You must ensure that each of these services is set to Automatic and operational. If not, correct the situation as needed.

4. Register System Files

Important Windows system files (in .dll format) are required to download and install Windows updates and must be registered.

If this is not the case in your case, then it's time to register these system files in .dll format.

To do this, open Window and click on Run. Enter the following command line:

regsvr32 Qmgr.dll /s, then click OK

regsvr32 Qmgrprxy.dll /s, then click OK

Reboot the system and run Windows update again to check if there are any errors.

5. Reset Windows Update Components (your PC)

Alternatively, you can manually reset Windows update components and then restart the system update.

To do this, open Command Prompt (administrator) and run the following commands:

clean stop wuauserv, press OK or Enter.

clean stop cryptSvc, press OK or Enter.

clean stop bits, press OK or Enter.

net stop msiserver, press OK or Enter.

Ren C: Windows SoftwareDistribution SoftwareDistribution.old, press OK or Enter.

Ren C: Windows System32 catroot2 Catroot2.old, press OK or Enter.

clean start wuauserv, press OK or Enter.

clean start cryptSvc, press OK or Enter.

clean start bits, press OK or Enter.

clean start msiserver, press OK or Enter.

6. Update your PC

You can always try to download the update directly from the Microsoft update catalog, knowing the update code of the problematic update (usually, each Windows update code starts with KB, followed by a sequence of numbers).

Go to the Microsoft Update Catalog site, type the update code in the search box, and press Enter.

Next, find the update that uses the same architecture as your system and click the Download button next to the update.

Then run the setup file and follow the instructions to successfully complete the update installation.

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