How to Fix Update Error 0x8024200B in Windows 10

The Error Code 0x8024200B is a new update-related issue that simply prohibits the smooth upgrading to the recent cumulative updates. In this post, we will cover the probable causes leading to this bug and a few working solutions to fix the same. The installation or update error 0x8024200B may occur owing to several reasons. A few of them are – poor network connectivity, corrupt Windows images, missing/infected system files, obsolete device drivers, etc.

We recommend first updating all the drivers opening the Device Manager. Thereafter, manually update the operating system to its latest version. In general, the above two methods should fix this error. However, if not, disable third-party antivirus program, Run the Update Troubleshooter, clean SDF, reset update components, and others. If none solves this bug, use previously created restore points or clean install Windows 10.

Ways to Fix Update Error 0x8024200B on Windows 10

To solve the installation or update error 0x8024200B in Windows 10, try the following workarounds –

1. Manually Install Windows 10 Updates

While receiving any kind of update-related issues, users must try manually downloading the pending cumulative update and apply it to their system. At times, this alone solves several upgrade errors including 0x8024200B. However, you need to first know the “latest update number” so as to search over the Update Catalog. To do so, follow the below guideline –

Part 1: Get the “KB” number 

  • Press the Windows key and click over the gear icon.
  • Doing so will launch the Windows Settings UI. 
  • Click Update & Security thereafter “View Update history” on the next page.

View update history

Part 2: Manually download/Install the Standalone Package

Since now you know the CU number, go through the below steps –

  • Launch the default browser and visit Update Catalog.
  • Go to the search bar and type the “KB” number you copied earlier.
  • Next, locate the patch fitting as per your system architecture and build version.
  • Once you find the pending cumulative update, hit the Download button next to it.
  • On the succeeding window, hit the top link. 
  • Now, reach out to the Download folder and click twice on the setup file.
  • Usually, this takes a few minutes to complete installing the set-up, so wait accordingly.

2. Run Windows Update Troubleshooter

In general, manually updating to the recent security-patch solves any kind of update or installation errors. But, if the error persists even after, you should try running the Windows Update troubleshooter. Here’s how to proceed –

  • Launch the Windows Settings UI (WinKey + I).
  • Select Update & Security henceforth Troubleshoot.
  • Jump to the right pane and expand “Windows Update“. 

Note: Windows 10 20H1 users should rather hit “Additional troubleshooters” first then “Windows Update” on the next screen.

  • When the box expands, hit “Run the troubleshooter”.

0x8024200B - Run the troubleshooter

  • Now, follow the onscreen instruction to complete the remaining steps. 

3. Scan for Malicious Files

At times, this error may occur due to some phishing files or trojans. Hence, we recommend performing a Full scan via Microsoft Defender. 

Note: If you are using a third-party antivirus program, it’s better to disable or remove them and try updating your PC again. 

4. Perform SFC/Scannow

If the troubleshooter doesn’t solve this issue, there may lie some corrupt/missing system files. To confirm whether this indeed is the case or not, we suggest running a code i.e. sfc/scannow on the Command Prompt. Here are the essential steps –

  • Right-click on the Taskbar and click Task manager using the shortcut menu.
  • Head over to the File Menu and choose Run new task.
  • Type cmd (Admin) near the blinking cursor and press the Enter key.
  • On the elevated console, type sfc/scannow and press Enter again.

Sfc/scannow

  • This takes approximately 10-15 minutes for completion, so wait accordingly.
  • Once over, Restart your computer and check whether you can install new cumulative updates or not.

5. Clean Boot Windows 10 

Many a time, the presence of corrupt apps or its leftover files may also cause the 0x8024200B error. To solve this, you should perform a clean boot using the below steps –  

  • Press Win+Q, type msconfig, and press Enter.
  • When the System Configuration window comes into view, go to the Startup tab and click “Open Task Manager“.

Open Task Manager

  • Select each one of the running programs and click Disable.
  • After disabling all of the running applications, close Task Manager, and Restart your PC.

6. Reset Windows Update Components 

Cleaning Software Distribution folder 

Sometimes, this is all about the cache stored inside the Software Distribution folder. To rule out this possibility, just clean this following the below guideline –

  • Start the Run dialog (Win & R), type services.msc, and hit OK.
  • On the next screen, scroll down to Windows Update.
  • Make a right-click on the same and click “Stop” to temporarily disable this service.

0x8024200B - Clean SDF

  • Now, reach out to the below location and clear all the contents that lie inside the folder –

C:\Windows\SoftwareDistribution\Download

  • Afterward, re-visit the Services window and start the “Windows Update” service.
  • Once over, Reboot the device so as to save the recent changes. 

If the error still occurs, follow the next part –

Reset Windows Update Components

The presence of corrupt update components may also erupt in error 0x8024200B. So, you better run a few codes on the Windows console to fix them. Here’s how to proceed –

  • Press Win & S shortcut and type cmd in the text box.
  • Make a right-click on the top result and choose Run as Administrator.
  • When the UAC window comes into view, tap Yes to go ahead.
  • On the elevated prompt area, enter the below codes one by one. These commands will stop some of the essential services like BITS, Windows Update, Cryptographic, etc.
net stop bits
net stop wuauserv
net stop appidsvc
net stop cryptsvc
  • Next, remove the qmgr*.dat files by running the below command –

Del “%ALLUSERSPROFILE%\\Application Data\\Microsoft\\Network\\Downloader\\qmgr*.dat”

  • Subsequently, execute cd /d %windir%\\system32 on the elevated interface. 
  • You need to now re-register the .dll files using the below codes –
exe atl.dll
exe urlmon.dll
exe mshtml.dll
exe shdocvw.dll
exe browseui.dll
exe jscript.dll
exe vbscript.dll
exe scrrun.dll
exe msxml.dll
exe msxml3.dll
exe msxml6.dll
exe actxprxy.dll
exe softpub.dll
exe wintrust.dll
exe dssenh.dll
exe rsaenh.dll
exe gpkcsp.dll
exe sccbase.dll
exe slbcsp.dll
exe cryptdlg.dll
exe oleaut32.dll
exe ole32.dll
exe shell32.dll
exe initpki.dll
exe wuapi.dll
exe wuaueng.dll
exe wuaueng1.dll
exe wucltui.dll
exe wups.dll
exe wups2.dll
exe wuweb.dll
exe qmgr.dll
exe qmgrprxy.dll
exe wucltux.dll
exe muweb.dll
exe wuwebv.dll
  • Once over, Restart the Windows Services that you have stopped earlier. To do so, execute the following commands –

net start bits

net start wuauserv

net start appidsvc

net start cryptsvc

  • At last, Reboot your system and see if the “Check for updates” starts working or is still causing you trouble.

8. Use System restore

The above solutions should resolve any update-related issues. However, if not, you are left with two choices i.e. use System Restore or Clean install Windows. If you haven’t created any restore points in the past, download the latest Media creation tool and make a bootable file. 

The system restore points will take your PC back to the state where everything was working pretty normal. All you need is to follow the below steps –

  • First of all, log into your device as an Administrator.
  • Press Win & S hotkey and type System Restore in the search field.
  • Click on the top result to launch the System Protection wizard.
  • Tap System Restore button then OK to move further.

System Restore

  • Click Next.
  • Select the recent restore file and click “Scan for affected programs.
  • If none found, hit Next again.

0x8024200B

  • Tap Finish and wait for this task to complete.

That’s it, I hope the above set of solutions indeed fixes the 0x8024200B error. In case, you have any queries or suggestions, let us know through the comments below.