How to Fix Update Error 0x8024a204 on Windows 10/11

Lately few Windows users have reported that while they were trying to install the latest cumulative update they received an error 0x8024a204 message on the screen. The same error prevented them from completing the system update process and they are worried about it. 

If you are also suffering from the same issue then look into this article to get possible solutions. There might be different causes for the same issue such as corrupted system files, minor technical issues and issues with update components. Anyway, you can go through the article and find a solution that helps you to resolve your issue quickly.

Fixes for the Windows Update Error 0x8024a204

Fix 1: Run SFC Scan

As we discussed above, one of the main reasons for the Update error 0x8024a204 on Windows systems is corrupted system files. In this case you should check and repair system files and retry to install the updates. 

  • Open Command Prompt screen by typing “cmd” in search box, inside the newly opened screen, type the following command and press Enter

Sfc/ Scannow

  • Once done, retry to install the update and check if the said issue is troubling you again or not.

Fix 2: Restart Update Components

Another solution you should try is restarting the Windows Update Components. To do so, 

  • Open Services screen on your system and find Windows Update service, right-click on it and select Properties page.
  • Inside the new screen, choose Startup type as Automatic and change Service Status as Running.
  • Repeat the same process to restart Background Intelligent Transfer Service as well.
  • Once done, you can restart the system and reinstall the cumulative update. 

Fix 3: Reset Windows Update Components

If the above fix does not help you then you should update Windows Update Components.

  • Open Command Prompt screen, type the following commands and press Enter

SC config trustedinstaller start=auto

 net stop bits

 net stop wuauserv

 net stop msiserver

 net stop cryptsvc

 net stop appidsvc

 Ren %Systemroot%\SoftwareDistribution SoftwareDistribution.old

 Ren %Systemroot%\System32\catroot2 catroot2.old

 regsvr32.exe /s atl.dll

 regsvr32.exe /s urlmon.dl

 regsvr32.exe /s mshtml.dll

 netsh winsock reset

 netsh winsock reset proxy

 rundll32.exe pnpclean.dll,RunDLL_PnpClean /DRIVERS /MAXCLEAN

 dism /Online /Cleanup-image /ScanHealth

 dism /Online /Cleanup-image /CheckHealth

 dism /Online /Cleanup-image /RestoreHealth

 dism /Online /Cleanup-image /StartComponentCleanup

 Sfc /ScanNow

net start bits

 net start wuauserv

 net start msiserver

 net start cryptsvc

net start appidsvc

net stop wuauserv

net stop cryptSvc

net stop bits

net stop msiserver

net start wuauserv

net start cryptSvc

net start bits

  • Once completed, restart the system and update your system to the latest version.

Fix 4: Run Update Troubleshooter

Sometimes using the Windows Update troubleshooter helps you to resolve Update Error 0x8024a204 as quickly as possible. To do so, 

  • Open the Settings screen, go to the Update & Security section and choose Troubleshoot from the left pane menu. 
  • Then click on Additional troubleshooters and from the new screen expand Windows Update and click on the Run button. 
  • Finally, restart the system to install the latest update smoothly. 

Fix 5: Use Microsoft Update Catalog

If none of the above solutions do not help you, install the latest update from the Microsoft Update Catalog page. To do so, 

  • Open Microsoft Update Catalog page, type your “KBXXXXXX” number and download the compatible version from the next screen. 
  • Finally, launch the downloaded file and install it on your system. 

These are the top solutions you should try to resolve Update Error 0x8024a204 on Windows 10/11. All the fixes are reliable and tested by experts, so you can try them without any hesitation.