Have you encountered the 0x8024a105 error while trying to update Windows 10? You are not alone. In this post, you will learn how to solve the problem in simple steps.
Microsoft continually rolls out updates of its Windows Operating Systems.
In fact, Windows updates itself automatically almost every month. Sometimes, when Windows 10 is updating, you may encounter the error message saying:
“There were some problems installing updates, but we’ll try again later. If you keep seeing this, try searching the web or contacting support for help. This error code might help: (0x8024a105)”
Read on to find a few fixes that have successfully helped other users struggling with the same issue. Try the fixes below in the order they are listed until you find a solution that works for you.
Reboot Your PC
The first thing you should probably do is to turn the PC off and on again. Sometimes, you only need to reboot your computer to solve the problem. This is a solution that has worked for many users who had encountered the 0x8024a105 error.
So, go Start, click on Shut Down, and then restart your PC. Now attempt to run Windows Update to see if the problem persists. If this solution does not work, try the next one.
Change Your Internet Connection
You may also want to check your internet. Check to see if the internet connection is properly configured, and there are errors.
Afterwards, change your internet connection. For example, if you are using LAN connection, change to Wi-Fi, and if you are on Wi-Fi, change to a wired connection, particularly one with a Cat5 cable.
Once you have changed the connection, try to update Windows again. This is a very popular method as it works for most users.
Run the Windows Update Troubleshooter
Another solution you should try is to run the Windows Update Troubleshooter. Many users have been able to solve the problem by using the built-in troubleshooter to fix all the corrupted update components.
Here are the steps you need to follow to run the Windows Update Troubleshooter:
- Press the Windows key + R on your keyboard to open Run
- Type control.exe /name Microsoft.Troubleshooting into the dialogue box and press Enter to open the troubleshooter
- From the Troubleshoot window, click on Windows Update, and then on Run the troubleshooter.
- Wait for the troubleshooter to detect issues with your Windows Update. If it is able to identify any issues, follow the instructions on your screen to automatically repair any broken components. Typically, you only need to click Apply this fix.
If the troubleshooter says it has fixed the problem, restart your PC and check to see if the problem has been solved. Otherwise, you may want to try the next solution.
Change User Account Control Settings
If the Windows Update Troubleshooter could not fix the problem automatically, you have to check if a User Account Control setting causes the problem. Some updates may fail and throw the 0x8024a105 error because the account logged-in doesn’t have the permissions required to complete the update.
In this case, you need to change the User Account permissions to the Administrator. Let’s walk you through the process in simple steps:
- Press the Windows key + R on your keyboard to open Run
- Type netplwiz and press Enter to open the troubleshooter
- In the users tab, choose the user you are currently using and then click on Properties
- From the Properties Windows, click on Group Membership, and select Administrator. Click Apply to save the changes.
NOTE: If the level of access has already been set to the Administrator, proceed to the next solution.
Restart your computer and log in with the administrator account. Try to update Windows. If you encounter the 0x8024a105 error, move to the next method.
Manually Reset Windows Updates Components
If none of the methods above has worked for your case, you will be left with no choice other than to reset Windows Updates components manually. Then start the Windows Update process. This solution has a high success rate, but it involves a lot of tweaking.
Follow these simple steps to reset Windows components manually:
- Type cmd into the Windows search box
- Right-click on Command Prompt from the options and select Run as Administrator
- The goal here is to stop the services of Windows Update, MSI Installer, BITS and Cryptographic. So, type the following commands into the Command Prompt window and hit Enter after each one:net stop wuauserv
net stop cryptSvc
net stop bits
net stop msiserver
- After stopping all the services, rename the SoftwareDistribution folder as well as the Catroot2 folder to reinitiate Windows Update components. Type the following commands into the Command Prompt and hit Enter after each one:ren C:\Windows\SoftwareDistribution SoftwareDistribution.old
ren C:\Windows\System32\catroot2 Catroot2.old
- Once you’ve renamed the two folders, the next step is restarting the services of Windows Update, BITS, MSI Installer, and Cryptographic. Type the following commands into the Command Prompt window and press Enter after each one:net start wuauserv
net start cryptSvc
net start bits
net start msiserver
Once you’ve successfully restarted the services, close the Command Prompt windows and restart your computer. Check to see if you can install Windows updates without experiencing the 0x8024a105 error.
Reinstall Windows 10
This is probably the last shot you’ve got. If none of the solutions works, chances are there is a problem with your Windows installation. So, you may want to reinstall Windows 10 to see if it can solve the problem.
The proper installation of Windows 10 will eliminate all system errors. It is the final fix to any problem with Windows update and 0x8024a105 error.
0x8024a105 is a common update error in Windows 10. If you have encountered this error, you can fix it using the simple methods listed in this post. The good thing is that you don’t have to be a tech guru to use these step-by-step solutions.
You need to follow the steps carefully, and if possible, try them one by one until you find one that works for you.
Petr is a serial tech entrepreneur and the CEO of Apro Software, a machine learning company. Whenever he’s not blogging about technology for itechgyan.com or softwarebattle.com, Petr enjoys playing sports and going to the movies. He’s also deeply interested in mediation, Buddhism and biohacking.