[Solved] WU_E_DM_UNAUTHORIZED_LOCAL_USER Error 0x80246017

Did you lately face difficulty upgrading Windows 10 OS to its latest Build version on account of some 0x80246017 error? This problem mostly occurs on the PCs having a local user account. In this tutorial, we have outlined all the reasons that may cause this bug along with a few working solutions.

Solving update-related problems in Windows 10 is mandatory. This is because, in the absence of a regular update, your PC becomes vulnerable to online threats. Any hacker may exploit the existing vulnerabilities to steal your important data and information. 

As per Microsoft, the error 0x80246017 accompanies an error message as well that reads the following – “WU_E_DM_UNAUTHORIZED_LOCAL_USER”. 

Windows Update Error 0x80246017 Solutions

To solve this update-related issue in Windows 10, try out the following suggestions one by one –

1. Run Windows Update Troubleshooter

Windows 10 consists of an excellent troubleshooter that upon running, can find and repair the underlying causes behind this bug. Here’s how to use this tool –

  • Go to Settings > Update & Security.
  • Select Troubleshoot on the left column thereafter jump to the right side.
  • Click the link – Additional troubleshooters.
  • On the succeeding screen, click to expand Windows update, and hit Run the troubleshooter.

Run the Windows Update Troubleshooter - Update error 0x8024a000

  • Wait for this tool to analyze the reasons behind it. 
  • In case this provides you “Apply this fix” option, hit the same. 
  • After applying the fix, restart Windows so that changes made come into effect.

2. Permit Full Control of System Volume Information directory

If the error 0x80246017 still occurs on your device, allowing full access to the system volume information directory may work like a charm. Here’s how to permit full access to this directory –

cmd.exe /c takeown /f "C:\System Volume Information\*" /R /D Y && icacls "C:\System Volume Information\*" /grant:R SYSTEM:F /T /C /L

  • This command will run a bunch of tasks along with their actual status on the console interface. 
  • See what’s happening inside the Command Prompt.
  • And when it’s done, close all running apps, and reboot your PC.

3. Turn off Windows Defender to Fix Error 0x80246017

The presence of third-party antivirus software may also prevent Windows Update from occurring smoothly. In such a scenario, all you require is to temporarily disable the security application. 

If you are using Windows Defender to scan and repair viruses or malware, read on how to disable then re-enable this program on your computer. 

4. Configure Windows Update services

Many a time, update-related troubles arise simply because the Windows update services are wrongly configured. So, it is better to manually inspect the current status of the following services and modify them if found dubious configuration. 

  • Open the Run dialog by pressing WinKey + R.
  • Type “services.msc” in the text field and press OK.
  • When the services window comes into the display, double-click the following services, and check their current configuration.

Windows UpdateManual (Triggered)
Background Intelligent Transfer ServiceManual

  • If you find any services not displaying the correct configuration (as stated above), right-click on it, and choose the Properties option. 
  • Using the Startup type drop-down menu, select the state as mentioned above, and hit Apply then OK.
  • In case the service status reads stopped, hit the Start button.

WU_E_DM_UNAUTHORIZED_LOCAL_USER Error 0x80246017

  • That’s it, you may now restart Windows to implement the recent changes. 

From the next logon, you should be able to update Windows 10 OS to its latest build version. 

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