Fix Update Error 0x80244002 in Windows 11 or 10

Best methods to solve Windows Update Error code 0x80244002 in Windows 11 or 10.


Windows updates are intended to improve the performance, stability, and security of your system. While most of these patches get installed without any issue, there are a few that fails due to technical abnormality and cause temporary disruption. Error 0x80244002 is one common issue that often shows up during the downloading or installation process of a newer upgrade. In most cases, the issue occurs when there is a problem connecting to the Windows Update servers. Besides, network issues, faulty update components, outdated device drivers, or corrupted system files are also found responsible.

Since Windows updates are designed to enhance functionality, fix bugs, and patch security vulnerabilities, they need to be successfully installed whenever available. If you are failing to do so because of an unexpected error code like Error 0x80244002, try to understand the issue first before taking an immediate step to rectify it. Once you get to know which particular incident, situation, or application is provoking the mentioned fatal code, it will be easier to outline a quick fix. In case of no indication of why or when the error occurs, you will have to go through different approaches to troubleshoot the issue. See: How to Fix Windows update error 80072ee2 (Solved!).

Update Error 0x80244002

Here is how to fix Update Error 0x80244002 in Windows 11 or 10 –

Method-1: Install Update manually

With default settings, Windows OS is likely to receive updates automatically if the system is connected to an active network. But this autonomous process can be interrupted for various reasons for example sudden power surges, internet cut-offs, and wrong settings.

Once disrupted, the automatic updates get stuck in between or fail to complete the installation and end up generating errors like 0x80244002. If this is the case, get the update from the official website straightway and install them manually to ignore unwanted issues.

Before you proceed to download the patch manually, check which build actually triggering the update error. For that –

  1. Press Windows + S.
  2. Type update history and hit Enter key.
  3. From the appearing window, find out which version failed to install because of Update Error 0x80244002.
  4. Once found, note down the KB version.

As you know which version you need to install manually, follow the steps given below –

  1. Visit Microsoft update catalog webpage.
  2. Click the search bar.
  3. Write down the KB number you want to get.
  4. Click Search.
how to fix Update Error 0x80244002 in Windows 11 or 10
  1. From the appearing list, look for the version that goes with your system configuration.
  2. Click Download present beside the suitable match.
  3. You will be redirected to a new window. From the bottom of that page, click the link that ends with msu.
  4. Navigate to the directory where the system saves downloaded items.
  5. Double-click the MSU file you downloaded.
  6. To allow User Account Control, click – Yes.
  7. Follow the on-screen instructions to finish the installation.

Method-2: Enable Automatically detect settings

Update Error 0x80244002 mostly occurs when the system fails to establish the connection between the local computer and server using network. This Windows issue may happen for several reasons, especially including disabled associated settings.

You can allow your Windows to automatically connect to a network by enabling Automatic Detect Settings. Once enabled, your device will automatically scan for the available network and connect it based on the settings you have chosen.

  1. Press Windows key.
  2. Type internet options.
  3. Hit Enter.
  4. When Internet Properties wizard shows up, shift to Connection tab.
  5. Click LAN settings.
internet properties lan settings automatically detect settings
  1. In the next pop-up, make sure Automatically detect settings is checked.
  2. Click OK and then close Internet Properties.
  3. Reboot Window.
  4. After coming back to power, try to get the update.

Method-3: Clear Windows update cache

Corrupted Windows Update cache can also cause errors while a newer upgrade is ready to install. Clearing the cache can help resolve the issue. Here’s the process to follow –

  1. Press Windows + R.
  2. In Run Dialog box, insert c:\Windows\SoftwareDistribution\Download.
  3. Click OK.
  4. When File Explorer turns up, press Windows + A to select all update files present there.
  5. Right-click on any selected item and choose Delete.
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  1. Some of the files may need further confirmation before the system erases them.
  2. Make sure nothing is left in the folder.
  3. After completion, run Windows update to check whether the issue is resolved.

Method-4: Reset Windows update components

To reset the Windows Update components, you can either use a batch script or run a specific set of commands. This helps to stop the necessary services first, clear the update cache, and restart the services again.

  1. Press Windows + S.
  2. Type notepad.
  3. When the search result comes into view, hit Enter.
  4. Copy the following commands and paste them into the notepad –
@echo off
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
  1. Click File from the menu bar and select Save As.
  2. Choose a preferred location to save the file and enter a name for the item such as ResetUpdateComponents.bat.
  3. In the Save as type field, select All Files from the dropdown menu.
  4. Click Save.
  5. Go to the location where you save the batch script file.
  6. Right-click on it and select Run as administrator.
  7. A Command Prompt window will open and run the commands automatically.
  8. Wait for the process to complete.
  9. Once the process is finished, close the Command Prompt window.
  10. Retry to run the Windows update.

Download, extract, and run the batch file alternatively –

Method-5: Disable antivirus program

Antivirus or firewall software can sometimes misunderstand update files for viruses and interfere with the process. If you are encountering error 0x80244002 in Windows 11 or 10, there is a high chance that your security program blocked the installation.

In such a case, temporarily disable the antivirus or firewall software and check if the error still persists. If the issue is resolved, consider adding exceptions or allowing Windows Update through your security software.

  1. Press Windows + R.
  2. In the command box, insert control firewall.cpl.
  3. Click OK.
  4. From left column, select Turn Windows Defender Firewall on or off.
  5. Check the radio button present before Turn off Windows Defender Firewall for both Private and Public network settings.
  6. Finally, click – OK.
Turn off Windows Defender Firewall for both Private and Public network settings

If you are using a third-party antimalware program, the disabling process is different than Windows Defender Firewall. The process may vary depending on the antivirus you are using but it will be similar to a great extent. Here is the detailed procedure –

  1. Locate the antivirus program icon present on the system tray, which is usually located in the bottom-right corner of the screen. If you don’t get it, click hidden icons area, represented by a small upward arrow.
  2. Right-click on the antivirus program icon and choose the option Disable or the one with similar wording.
  3. Select the option to disable the antimalware temporarily. You can also opt for a time slot after which the program will start running automatically.
  4. If system asks for administrative privilege, give content.
  5. Follow on-screen instructions if any.
  6. Once disabled successfully, the antivirus program will not function including providing real-time protection.

Disabling your antivirus is never recommended as it leaves your computer more vulnerable to potential threats. Therefore, only disable it temporarily and re-enable it once you’ve completed the specific task or troubleshooting.

Method-6: Run built-in troubleshooters

Windows includes built-in troubleshooters that can help identify and resolve various common issues. Since Update Error 0x80244002 is often a result of network issues that obstruct system from getting the latest Windows patches, running related troubleshooters may help to fix it.

Use Network Troubleshooter

  1. Press Windows + I.
  2. Select Network & Internet.
  3. From the right pane of the appearing page, scroll down a bit and click Network Troubleshooter.
  4. The utility will open and start detecting common network problems.
  5. Follow the on-screen instructions provided by the troubleshooter. It may ask you questions or perform automated checks to identify and resolve the network issue.
  6. If any issues are found, the troubleshooter will fix them automatically.
  7. Once the troubleshooter completes the process, it will provide a summary of the actions taken or any issues that were found and fixed.

If you are Windows 11 user, open Settings and then go to System =>Troubleshoot =>Other troubleshooters. Go through the available list and click Run present alongside Network and Internet.

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Run Windows Update troubleshooter

  1. Open Windows Settings app.
  2. Click on Update & Security.
  3. From the left-hand side, select Troubleshoot.
  4. Move to the right pane and click Additional troubleshooters.
  5. Select Windows Update.
  6. From the expanded tray, click Run the troubleshooter button.
  7. The dedicated troubleshooter will open and start diagnosing common Windows Update problems.
  8. Follow the on-screen instructions provided by the troubleshooter.
  9. If any abnormality is found, the utility will offer an automatic fix.

In Windows 11, go to Settings => System => Troubleshoot => Other troubleshooters. Click Run present next to Windows Update.

other troubleshooters windows update run

Method-7: Restart associated services

By restarting the Windows Update services, you can ensure that they are refreshed and any potential issues related to them are resolved. To restart the Windows Update services, you can follow these steps –

  1. Right-click on Start button and choose Run.
  2. In the command box, type services.msc.
  3. Click OK.
  4. In Services window, look for Windows Update.
  5. Right-click the same and choose Restart.
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  1. In the same way, restart Background Intelligent Transfer Service (BITS) and Cryptographic Services.
  2. After restarting the mentioned services, reboot Windows.

Method-8: Repair corrupted system files (SFC and DISM)

Due to software conflict or malware infection, often necessary update files get misconfigured which ends up causing Error 0x80244002. System File Checker (SFC) tool is designed to scan for such corruption and repair them. It can help to resolve various issues related to system stability and functionality.

  1. Press Windows key and type cmd.exe.
  2. When search result shows up, choose Run as administrator from right column.
  3. Allow the User Account Control by clicking Yes.
  4. In the elevated command prompt, insert the following lines one after another and hit Enter after each –
dism /online /cleanup-image /checkhealth
dism /online /cleanup-image /scanhealth
dism /online /cleanup-image /restorehealth
  1. After being executed, run sfc /scannow in the same elevated Command Prompt
  2. The utility will now scan your system for any corrupted or missing system files.
  3. Once the scan is finished, the outcome will be displayed. It will indicate whether any integrity violations were found and whether they were successfully repaired.
  4. If the System File Checker repaired any files, restart your computer. Or, do what the utility suggests.


Method-1: Install Update manually
Method-2: Enable Automatically detect settings
Method-3: Clear Windows update cache
Method-4: Reset Windows update components
Method-5: Disable antivirus program
Method-6: Run built-in troubleshooters
Method-7: Restart associate services
Method-8: Repair corrupted system files (SFC and DISM)

That’s all!!

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