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Windows 10 Updates Failing - Error code: 0x80246008

Written on March 27, 2019 by Chad Warmenhoven
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Trouble installing updates? We have a solution!

Windows 10 updates can be challenging at times but being fully up to date is extremely important; we are here to help resolve issues as best we can. We have noticed some recent updates failing to install and after a system restart the update often shows an error indicating it failed to install.

There doesn't appear to be a specific update but instead any recent update has the potential to encounter this error. There is a relatively simple fix we can perform in order to force the update to install thereby maintaining your security and stability. This article will walk you through some common fixes but as always if you have any questions or run into issues please don't hesitate to reach out, we are here to help!

Option 1 - Restarting BITS and Windows Event log services

To resolve this problem, let's try restarting Background Intelligent Transfer Service (BITS). Additionally, we can restart the Windows event log. The process is lengthy but frequently solves a plethora of update issues and common errors.

Step 1:

In the lower left corner, click the Start menu icon (Windows icon) and immediately start typing to search; there's no need to click anywhere else, it will automatically search

Step 2:

Type "services.msc"

Step 3:

The best match should be "Services.msc", right click that and select "Run as Administrator"

Step 4:

Find "Background Intelligent Transfer Service"

Step 5:

Right-click and open "Properties"

Step 6:

On the General Tab locate the Startup type and set to "Automatic"

 

Step 7:

If BITS is stopped, right click and select "Start"

Step 8:

Confirm the selection and close the window

 

 

Option 2 - Running SFC and DISM scans

If restarting BITS did not resolve the issue we will want to perform a System File Checker (SFC) and Deployment Image Servicing and Management (DISM) scan to check system files, repair any errors and verify system services and settings. To do this, follow the instructions below then restart the computer and attempt to install Windows updates again.

Step 1:

In the lower left corner RIGHT click the Start menu icon then select "Windows PowerShell (Admin)". On some Windows 10 versions you will instead see "Command Prompt (Admin)" and that will work equally well

Step 2:

In the window that opens input the following command then press enter to run: sfc /scannow

Step 3:

System File Checker will now run and usually only takes about 15min but depending on your system specs it may take longer, be patient and let it run completely. Once finished you will see a screen like this. If the scan found any issues it will automatically repair them

Step 4:

Restart the computer and attempt to update Windows again. If the update fails and you see an error again move on to step 5 to perform a DISM scan

Step 5:

Open Powershell or Command prompt again (Admin) and input the following command then press enter to run: DISM /Online /Cleanup-Image /RestoreHealth

Step 6:

The DISM scan should take about 20 minutes or more and once finished you will see the following screen. Just as the SFC scan can automatically resolve errors the DISM scan will fix any issues it finds and report which files/services were fixed within the end of scan report

 

Step 7:

Restart the computer and attempt to update Windows again

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Tags: Windows, Operating Systems, Service, Booting, Software, How-to Guide, Technology, Windows Updates, Update, 0x80246008, BITS, SFC, DISM, failed
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I unfortunately had to disabled Win 10 updates sometime after getting my computer. Every large update requires me to reformat my computer. When I contacted Microsoft, they stated that is the process for updates. I remember doing all the above stuff and finally contacts Microsoft and having them mess up the hard drive so I was forced to do a reformat. I installed the latest big update (the one back at that time) and figured the problem was fixed. Next big update showed up 6 months later and once again it was going to require me to reformat computer.
I had to just turn off updates. Reformatting and reinstalling was just too much work. It's sad that in 30 years the only computer virus I have ever had was Windows 10. *laughs*

Posted on 2019-04-04 22:44:36