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Fix Windows Update Error Code 0x80242008

It’s not unusual to find some Windows updates failing despite repeated attempts. The symptoms are pretty much the same in all cases and you may see a We couldn’t install the update message. If you encounter the same experience when you see Windows Update Error Code 0x80242008, try some of the solutions you’ll find in this post below.

0x80242008 -2145116152 WU_E_UH_OPERATIONCANCELLED An operation being done by the update handler was cancelled.

How to fix Windows Update Error Code 0x80242008

You can also see the failed Windows Update Error Code 0x80242008 notification under the Windows Update history. The good part is you can troubleshoot this issue both, automatically and manually on your Windows 11/10 computer.

  1. Check the status of Windows Update related Services
  2. Run the Windows Update Troubleshooter.
  3. Run the System File Checker program.
  4. Clean the temporary DataStore cache folder.
  5. Disable any third-party Antivirus program.

See the more detailed description below.

How do I fix error 0x80242008?

The error 0x80242008 seen during the Windows update can be fixed by following any of these troubleshooting methods listed below.

1] Check the status of Windows Update related Services

Open Windows Services Manager and check the Windows Update related Services like Windows Update, Windows Update Medic, Update Orchestrator Services, etc are not disabled.

The default configuration on a standalone Windows 11/10 PC is as follows:

  • Windows Update Service – Manual (Triggered)
  • Windows Update Medic Services – Manual
  • Cryptographic Services – Automatic
  • Background Intelligent Transfer Service – Manual
  • DCOM Server Process Launcher – Automatic
  • RPC Endpoint Mapper –  Automatic
  • Windows Installer – Manual.

This will ensure that the required Services are available.

Apart from the direct service, you should find the dependencies of Windows Update service and ensure if they are running or not.

To get started, search for “services” in the Taskbar search box and click on the search result. After opening the Services window, find out Windows Update, DCOM Server Process Launcher, and RPC Endpoint Mapper. Check if they are running or not.

If not, you need to start those services one after one.

2] Run the Windows Update Troubleshooter

Windows Update Troubleshooter

If you get an error code while downloading and installing Windows updates, the Update Troubleshooter can help you fix it quickly.

To run the Windows Update Troubleshooter, go to Settings, select System > Troubleshoot > Other troubleshooters. Then, under Most frequent, select Windows Update > Run.

When the troubleshooter is finished running, restart your device and check for new updates.

3] Run the System File Checker program

System File Checker

With the passage of time, system files get old and can become corrupted or even go missing from the system. So, when Windows cannot find such files, it may stop updating the system.

To fix it, run the System File Checker. It is a utility in Microsoft Windows located in C:WindowsSystem32 folder that allows users to scan for and restore corrupt Windows system files.

Related: Fix Windows Update error 0x80073712.

4] Clean the temporary DataStore cache folder

Software Distribution Folder

To start, press the Win+R keys simultaneously.

In the Run dialog box that appears, type the following and hit Enter –

%windir%SoftwareDistributionDataStore

Delete all contents of this folder.

Try installing the update again.

5] Disable any third-party Antivirus program

If you’re running any third-party antivirus like Avast, Bitdefender, Kaspersky, etc disable it temporarily and then try installing the update again. In many cases, it has been found that antivirus programs create compatibility issues that prevent updates from getting installed successfully.

Read: Fix Windows Installation, Update or Upgrade Failed Errors.

Is Windows Update really necessary?

A vast majority of updates feature important bug fixes and security improvements. So such updates are highly recommended to keep your system safe. You can check for such updates by navigating to Windows Settings > Windows Update > Check for Updates. You could at most Pause Updates for a while – but it is always good to install them eventually.

Hope it helps!

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