It’s no suprise that Windows 10 will sometimes throw you different errors for apprently no reason. While some errors are easier to fix than others, the Windows update error code 0x8024a105 is a bit of a nuisance since it’s not very clear why it’s affecting our systems.
The error code 0x8024a105 usually appears when there’s something wrong with some of the Windows 10 files such as a wrong configuration or file corruption which will affect the Windows Update. This may be caused by software being uninstalled incompletely or a piece of hardware that was removed and left some bad files or registry entries.
Luckily there are several ways to fix this error code from affecting our Windows 10 installation.
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Use the Windows 10 Throubleshooter
Using the Windows 10 Start Menu, use the search function to search for “troubleshoot”.
Now click on the Troubleshoot settings and you’ll be presented with the following screen.
On the left side, use the Troubleshoot option and click on the Window Update option from the right side. You’ll notice that an option will appear underneath, Run the Troubleshooter. The system will now scan your system for errors and if something is found, it will prompt you to fix it. Usually, this solves the error 0x8024a105 for many users.
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Enter Safe Mode
Many Windows errors can be easily fixed by just logging into Safe Mode. When in this state, Windows will load only the necessary drivers and apps and sometimes will remove bad registry entries. You can also run Windows Update from Safe Mode and update your system.
The easiest way of entering Safe Mode is holding the Shift key while pressing Restart. If you don’t like this method, here are 4 ways to enter Safe Mode.
Clear and Reset Software Distribution Folder
If the above methods do not work, clearing the software distribution folder can fix this error instantly.
Using the search feature in your Start Menu, search for “cmd” and you’ll find the Command Prompt tool. Right click it and run it as Administrator.
Within the Command Prompt, type the following commands, in this order:
net stop bits net stop wuauserv net stop appidsvc net stop cryptsvc
Once you stopped all these services, go to the distribution folder found in C:\Windows\SoftwareDistribution\Download and delete all its contents. This will ensure you get rid of all downloaded updates.
Once you cleared the folder, it’s time to start the 4 services again using the command prompt. Considering you haven’t closed it, use the start command for each service.
net start bits net start wuauserv net start appidsvc net start cryptsvc
Now restart your system and voila, Windows 10 Update will probably work again with no errors.
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