What causes the error 0x80244018? How to fix the Windows update error 0x80244018? This post from MiniTool will show you how to fix the Windows error 0x80244018? In addition, you can visit MiniTool to find more Windows update errors and solutions.

What Causes the Windows Update Error 0x80244018?

Some Windows users complain that they encounter the error 0x80244018 when trying to apply the Windows update. The error 0x80244018 also comes with the error message WU_E_NO_USERTOKEN.

The error code 0x80244018 may be caused  by various reasons. The Windows error 0x80244018 may be caused by the following reasons.

  • The third-party application interferes the Windows update.
  • The Windows Update is blocked by the VPN or proxy.
  • The Background Intelligent Transfer Service is disabled.
  • Windows Update component service is
  • The system files are corrupted.

Hence, in the following section, we will show you how to fix the error 0x80244018.

6 Solutions to Windows Update Error 0x80244018?

In this section, we will show you the solutions to fix the Windows Update error 0x80244018.

Solution 1. Use Windows Update Troubleshooter

To fix the error 0x80244018, you can run Windows Update Troubleshooter first.

Now, here is the tutorial.

  1. Press Windows key and I key together to open Settings. Then choose Update & Security to continue.
  2. In the pop-up window, go to the Troubleshoot tab and scroll down to choose Windows Update.
  3. Then click the Run the Troubleshooter to continue.

choose Run the Troubleshooter

After that, Windows Update troubleshooter will begin to detect problems on your computer. It may take some. If there is any problem on your computer, Windows Update Troubleshooter will detect them and repair them.

After all steps are finished, reboot your computer and run Windows update again to check whether the error 0x80244018 is solved.

If this solution is not effective, try other solutions.

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Solution 2. Uninstall Third-Party Antivirus Software

The Windows Update error 0x80244018 also may be caused by the third-party antivirus software. So, in order to fix this Windows error 0x80244018, you can choose to uninstall the third-party antivirus software.

Now, here is the tutorial.

  1. Type Control Panel in the search box of Windows and choose the best-matched one.
  2. Then enter the main interface of Control Panel.
  3. In the pop-up window, choose Uninstall a program under Programs section.
  4. In the pop-up window, select the third-party antivirus software and right-click it. Then choose Uninstall to continue.

When the process is finished, you have uninstalled the third-party antivirus software. Then you can reboot your computer and run Windows Update again to check whether the error 0x80244018 is solved.

Solution 3. Force Starting the BITS Service

In order to fix the Windows Update error 0x80244018, you can choose to enable the Background Intelligent Transfer Service.

Now, here is the tutorial.

  1. Press Windows Key and R key together to open Run dialog, then type services.msc in the box and click OK to continue.
  2. In the pop-up window, scroll down to find the Background Intelligent Transfer Service.
  3. Right-click it to choose Properties.
  4. In the pop-up window, change the Startup type to the Automatic (Delayed Start) and change the Service Status to Running.
  5. Then click Apply and OK to confirm the changes.

When all steps are finished, reboot your computer and run Windows Update again to check whether the error 0x80244018 is solved.

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If this solution does not take effect, try other solutions.

Solution 4. Disable Proxy Server or VPN Service

As we have mentioned in the above part, the Proxy server or VPN service may also cause the Windows error 0x80244018. So, in order to fix this Windows update error 0x80244018, you can choose to disable the Proxy server or VPN service.

Now, here is the tutorial.

  1. Press Windows key and R key together to open Run dialog, then type ms-settings:network-proxy in the box and click OK to continue.
  2. In the pop-up window, navigate to the Manual Proxy Setup and then change the toggle to Off under Use a proxy server.

When it is finished, reboot your computer and check whether the Windows update error 0x80244018 is solved.

Solution 5. Reset Windows Update Components

In order to fix the Windows error 0x80244018, you can choose to reset Windows Update components.

Now, here is the tutorial.

1. Type Command Prompt in the search box of Windows and choose the best-matched one. Right-click it to choose the Run as administrator.

2. In the pop-up window, type the following commands and hit Enter after each command.

  • net stop wuauserv
  • net stop cryptSvc
  • net stop bits
  • net stop msiserver
  • ren C:\Windows\SoftwareDistribution SoftwareDistribution.old
  • ren C:\Windows\System32\catroot2 catroot2.old
  • net start wuauserv
  • net start cryptSvc
  • net start bits
  • net start msiserver

After that, close the command line window and reboot your computer and check whether the Windows update error 0x80244018 is solved.

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Solution 6. Run SFC and DISM Tools

If there are corrupted system files, you may also encounter the error 0x80244018. Hence, you can run SFC and DISM tools to check and repair corrupted system files on your computer.

Now, here is the tutorial.

  1. Open Command Prompt as administrator.
  2. In the Command Line window, type the command sfc /scannow and hit Enter to continue.

If the System File Checker cannot fix the corrupt system files, you can run DISM tool again.

  1. Open Command Prompt as administrator.
  2. Type the command dism /online /cleanup-image /restorehealth and hit Enter after each command.

When it is finished, reboot your computer and check whether the Windows update error 0x80244018 is solved.

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Final Words

To sum up, this post has introduced what the error 0x80244018 is and how to fix it with 6 solutions. If you encountered the same Windows error, you can try these solutions. If you have any better solution to fix this Windows update error 0x80244018, you can share it on the comment zone.

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