Fix Windows update error 0x80240fff – Windows 10

Windows users encounter different kinds of errors when they try to install Updates on their computers. It is not that every time the updates fails to install. However, few users reported an issue with Updates getting failed with the Update error 0x80240fff. We observed this issue when trying to install the Feature update on Windows 10 computers.

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The error message appears as

There were some problems installing updates, but we’ll try again later. If you keep seeing this and want to search the web or contact support for information, this may help: (0x80240fff)

As per our research, you can defer the update in order to fix the issue. In most of the cases, this should fix the issue. However, the updates will be postponed. We have also listed all the possible troubleshooting steps in order to fix the Windows Update error 0x80240fff. If you are facing the issue with Windows Update error 0x80240fff on your computer, this guide helps you to fix the error message.

Why Windows Update error 0x80240fff occurs?

The issue with Windows Update error 0x80240fff occurs due to the following reasons:

  • Internet connectivity issues.
  • Faulty Anti-Virus or security program.
  • Windows System Files corruption.
  • Outdated Windows version.

There are many other factors that may cause the Windows Update error 0x80240fff on your computer. Let us now move on to the troubleshooting part.

How to fix Windows Update error 0x80240fff?

Follow the below resolution steps one by one in order and check if the Updates issue gets fix. If the issue remains, you can continue with the further steps.

Quick Note: Before proceeding with the troubleshooting steps, we suggest you to create a System Restore point first. In case, if something goes wrong during the troubleshooting, you can restore the computer back to previous working state.

Defer Updates:

This option is available for Windows 10 Pro users. It allows you to delay the update. Therefore, if the current build is causing an issue, Microsoft will release the fix for it soon. You can wait for it.

To defer updates:

  1. Press Windows logo + I key on your keyboard to open Settings window. Click on Update & Security.

2. Next, click on Advanced options.

3. Toggle the Pause Updates option to ON. Select the number of days to defer the update. You can select it for both the feature and quality update.

4. By doing this, Windows Update system will wait for that number of days and then tries to install the updates on your computer.

As mentioned above, this is not the complete fix for the Windows Update error 0x80240fff. If the issue is related to the Microsoft core side, it has to be fixed by them. Alternatively, you can perform the further steps to fix the update error on your computer.

Run Windows Update Troubleshooter:

Windows Update Troubleshooter helps you to fix most of the update errors. This is a simple Windows in-built tool. Refer the below steps to run Update troubleshooter on your computer.

  1. Press Windows logo key. In the search bar, type Troubleshoot and select the option Troubleshoot Settings.

2. Search and locate Windows Update option, click on it. Now, click on the option Run the troubleshooter.

3. Troubleshooter starts detecting for the errors. If found any, it will fix them automatically and shows you the detailed report.

After that, reboot your computer for the changes to take effect. Then, try to install Windows Updates. If the Windows Update error 0x80240fff remains, you can continue with the further troubleshooting steps.

Restart Background Intelligent Transfer Service:

If the BITS (Background Intelligent Transfer Service) is not started or disabled on your computer, the updates will not install. Therefore, make sure that the BITS service is started and running on your computer. Refer the below steps

  1. Press Windows logo + R keys on your keyboard to open RUN window. Type services.msc and hit enter. It will open the Services window.

2. Search and locate Background Intelligent Transfer Service. Right click on and select the option Properties.

3. Choose the Startup Type to Automatic. Start the Service Status and click on OK.

Now, try running the Windows Updates again and see if that works. In case if the issue with the Update error 0x80240fff remains, you can proceed with the further troubleshooting steps.

Reset Windows Update Components to fix Update error 0x80240fff:

To fix the issue with Windows Update error 0x80240fff on your computer, try resetting the Windows Update components. This process will delete all the files and folders from the SoftwareDistribution folder. Therefore, if there are any files are damaged or corrupted, it will clear them up and then try installing the updates.

Refer the below steps to reset Windows Update components.

  1. Press Windows logo + R keys on your keyboard to open RUN window. Type services.msc and hit enter. It will open the Services window.

2. Search and locate Windows Update service. Right click on it and select the option Stop.

3. After that, navigate to the location C:\Windows. Search and locate the SoftwareDistribution folder. Right click on it and Delete it.

4. If it prompts any error, you can try renaming the folder. You can rename it to SoftwareDistribution.old.

5. Once after that, download the below batch script to reset Windows Update components on your computer.

Batch file to reset Windows Update components

Once after the above process, reboot your computer, make sure that the Windows Update service is running and then try installing the Windows Updates. If the error remains, you can proceed with the further troubleshooting steps.

Disable/Uninstall Security program:

When the Anti-Virus program installed on your computer is outdated or damaged, it may block the updates to install properly. Windows Firewall also can cause these kinds of issues. Therefore, in order to fix the issue with Windows Update error 0x80240fff, you can try disabling or uninstalling the Anti-Virus program and see if that helps.

Refer the below links to disable and uninstall Anti-Virus program on your computer.

How to temporarily disable Anti-Virus program?

List of Anti-Virus removal tools.

Remove-reinstall Norton anti-virus using Norton removal tool.

Completely uninstall AVG products.

Disable Windows Defender in Windows 8/10.

Turn Windows Defender on or off in Windows 8.

Turn Windows Defender on or off in Windows 7.

If the Windows Updates starts working fine after disabling the Anti-Virus program, we recommend you to completely remove it using the removal tools, download the updated set up file from the Anti-Virus official website and install it on your computer.

Refer the below steps if the Windows update error 0x80240fff continues.

Upgrade to latest version using Media Creation Tool:

If none of the above troubleshooting steps helps, you can try running the Media Creation tool. It will not only repair the Operating System, but also download all the latest available Windows Updates and install them on your computer.

Use the below link to download Windows 10 Media Creation Tool on your computer.

Download Media Creation Tool

After downloading the set-up file, double click on it and follow on-screen instructions to upgrade the computer to the latest version.

Computer will reboot multiple times during the upgrade process. After completing the update process, computer will boot to the desktop. It helps you to install the latest Windows Updates on your computer. This should fix the issue with Windows Update error 0x80240fff on your computer.

Conclusion:

The above troubleshooting steps helps you to fix the issue with Windows Update error 0x80240fff on your computer. For any further assistance, do comments below. You can also ask for any other computer errors on our Windows Forum.

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Sameer

Sameer is a BE graduate in ECE and has an immense interest in following Windows, Office and other technology developments. He's also a person who enjoys writing about technology related to the geek world.