Microsoft releases the updates for Windows systems at set intervals to help fix the bugs & issues found in the previous version, improve the previous features or add new features, and optimize the overall performance. Most people would like to install the update the first time it comes out. However, various errors could occur during the process; 8024A000 is one of them.

In order to achieve fast speed, experience enhanced features & performance, or fix the historical problems, people will choose to get the new update from Microsoft and install it on their computers ASAP! But the process has not been smooth, a series of Windows update errors may occur. 8024A000 is a popular Windows update error you may find in many forums.

An error occurred while checking for new updates for your computer.

Error(s) found: Code 8024A000

Windows Update encountered an unknown error.

Code 8024A000

Also, you may see a pop-up Windows Update window saying that:

Windows Update cannot currently check for updates, because the service is not running. You may need to restart your computer.

Windows Update window

A lot of people come across code 8024A000 (in Windows 10, Windows 8.1, and Windows 7) and want to find solutions to fix it. (MiniTool provides useful tools to protect your system.)

Possible Causes of Code 8024A000

Do you what leads to Windows update error code 8024A000? If not, you should get to know the following reasons that could be responsible for the appearance of update error.

  • Windows Update glitch: a recurring WU problem may be the root factor for causing this problem.
  • System file corruption: if the necessary system files are corrupted somehow, the update can’t be finished. (How to repair corrupted or missing system files?)
  • Windows update service stuck: if one or more services are stuck in a limbo state or stopped, you can never finish updating your OS.
  • Missing RST driver: if the driver of Rapid Storage Technology Driver is missing or outdated, the Windows update error will also occur.
  • Unregistered WU associated DLLs (or the DLLs are not registered correctly): you should run Command Prompt as administrator and re-register the DLLs.
  • Closed Windows Update ports: some 3rd party AV tools are proved to have a tendency of closing legitimate ports that are used by the Windows Update service.

How to Fix Windows Update Error 8024A000

*1. Run Windows Update Troubleshooter

  1. Press Win + I to open Settings.
  2. Select Update & Security.
  3. Choose Troubleshoot from the left pane.
  4. Select Windows Update from the right pane and click Run the troubleshooter.

Run the troubleshooter

*2. Stop & Restart Windows Update Services

  1. Press Win + S and type cmd.
  2. Right click on Command Prompt and choose Run as administrator.
  3. Type these commands into Command Prompt window and hit Enter after each one: net stop wuauserv, net stop bits, and net stop cryptsvc.
  4. Type these commands and hit Enter after each one to restart the services: net start wuauserv, net start bits, and net start cryptsvc.
  5. Wait for the commands to complete and restart your computer.

Stop update services

*3. Rename the Folders Pertaining to Windows Update

  1. Run Command Prompt as administrator.
  2. Type the following two commands and hit Enter after each one: ren %systemroot%System32Catroot2 Catroot2.old and ren %systemroot%SoftwareDistribution SoftwareDistribution.old.
  3. Wait until the commands are finished.

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*4. Re-register Update DLLs

Step 1: create a new Notepad document and keep it opening.

Step 2: copy & paste the following text (you can also type them manually) into Notepad.

regsvr32 c:\windows\system32\vbscript.dll /s

regsvr32 c:\windows\system32\mshtml.dll /s

regsvr32 c:\windows\system32\msjava.dll /s

regsvr32 c:\windows\system32\jscript.dll /s

regsvr32 c:\windows\system32\msxml.dll /s

regsvr32 c:\windows\system32\actxprxy.dll /s

regsvr32 c:\windows\system32\shdocvw.dll /s

regsvr32 wuapi.dll /s

regsvr32 wuaueng1.dll /s

regsvr32 wuaueng.dll /s

regsvr32 wucltui.dll /s

regsvr32 wups2.dll /s

regsvr32 wups.dll /s

regsvr32 wuweb.dll /s

regsvr32 Softpub.dll /s

regsvr32 Mssip32.dll /s

regsvr32 Initpki.dll /s

regsvr32 softpub.dll /s

regsvr32 wintrust.dll /s

regsvr32 initpki.dll /s

regsvr32 dssenh.dll /s

regsvr32 rsaenh.dll /s

regsvr32 gpkcsp.dll /s

regsvr32 sccbase.dll /s

regsvr32 slbcsp.dll /s

regsvr32 cryptdlg.dll /s

regsvr32 Urlmon.dll /s

regsvr32 Shdocvw.dll /s

regsvr32 Msjava.dll /s

regsvr32 Actxprxy.dll /s

regsvr32 Oleaut32.dll /s

regsvr32 Mshtml.dll /s

regsvr32 msxml.dll /s

regsvr32 msxml2.dll /s

regsvr32 msxml3.dll /s

regsvr32 Browseui.dll /s

regsvr32 shell32.dll /s

regsvr32 wuapi.dll /s

regsvr32 wuaueng.dll /s

regsvr32 wuaueng1.dll /s

regsvr32 wucltui.dll /s

regsvr32 wups.dll /s

regsvr32 wuweb.dll /s

regsvr32 jscript.dll /s

regsvr32 atl.dll /s

regsvr32 Mssip32.dll /s

Step 3: click File from the ribbon menu and choose Save As.

Step 4: give the document a name and add .bat after it.

Step 5: choose a storage location for the file and click Save.

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Save Notepad document

Other methods that could fix 8024A000:

  • Run SFC scan.
  • Run DISM scan. (What if DISM not working?)
  • Check antivirus on your PC.
  • Try clean boot or repair install.
  • Uninstall the 3rd party AV tools.
  • Install the latest Intel Rapid Storage Technology Driver.
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