Why did I get error 0x80242017?

Error code 0x80242017 is typically associated with Windows Update failures. This error occurs when the Windows Update service encounters a problem while trying to download or install updates for your computer system. The exact cause of this error can vary, ranging from network connectivity issues to corrupted system files or conflicts with third-party software. Resolving error 0x80242017 often involves troubleshooting steps such as checking your internet connection, running Windows Update troubleshooters, and ensuring that your system meets all necessary requirements for updates. By addressing the underlying issues causing this error, you can successfully restore your system’s ability to receive and install updates from Microsoft.

How to fix Windows Update error 0x80242017?

It is possible, however, if you are technically savvy, to accomplish this by following these steps:
1. As soon as you click Start, start typing “services.msc” onto your keyboard.
2. There should be a result for “services.msc” in your search results. You can open it by clicking on it.
3. It will open a new window containing a list of all Windows services that are currently running on your computer.
4. In the search box, type in “Windows Update”
5. Then, right-click the “Windows Update” and then click the “Stop” button on the menu that appears.

It is now time to clean the temporary cache folder for Windows Update:

1. Hold down the windows key while pressing the “R” key at the same time.
2. The new window will appear in a small size.
3. In the new window that appears, type %windir%/SoftwareDistribution/DataStore and click on the OK button.
4. As a result, Windows Explorer will open at the correct location on the computer.
5. It is recommended that you delete all the contents of this folder. It is a good idea to use Ctrl + A in order to select all of the files and folders in a folder.

It is now time to restart the Windows Update Service again:

1. Switch back to the Windows Services window.
2. Locate the Windows Update icon on the desktop.
3. Simply right-click on it and select ‘Start’ from the menu that appears

If the problem still persists, you can run the System File Checker (SFC) utility. This handy in-built tool will check your filesystem.

1. Start typing “cmd” on your keyboard after clicking Start.
2. A black icon should appear in your search results for cmd.
3. Select Run as administrator from the right-click menu.
4. If you are prompted for the admin password, enter it and click OK.
5. The new window will be completely black. You can type commands directly into this window.
6. Enter sfc/scannow.
7. It will take a long time to complete this process. You can minimize this black windows and work on.
After a time, come back to the black window and check if the process has been completed.
As soon as the SFC process has completed, restart your computer as soon as possible. You will have to search for Updates again after restarting your computer.

You are still facing the same issue?

1. You will need to restart your computer. While holding down your windows key, hit the “R” key at the same time.
2. You will see a small new window appear on your screen.
3. In the new window that appears, type regedit and hit the enter key.
4. In the new window, there is a navigation bar on the left side of the screen. You can use it to navigate to the following page:
5. Once you have found the right hand pane, you will need to search for WUServer and WIStatusServer in that area.
6. We will not be able to clean the download path if they are not listed. Alternatively, you can delete both of them at the same time.
7. Restart your computer.

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