How to Fix the Error Code 0x8024a105 on Windows

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Windows 10/11 regularly releases updates to enhance performance, fix bugs and prevent errors. These updates are automatically downloaded when you have an internet connection, but sometimes you may encounter the Windows Error Code 0x8024a105 when updating your device, which appears in the ‘Windows Update’ window.

What Causes the Windows Error 0x8024a105?

This error may be a result of either internal or external issues with the Windows Update service. It may be caused by the improper installation of the update, damaged or corrupted Windows system files, or even virus or malware infection. This guide will give you a few options you can use to fix this issue so that you are assured that your OS is running on the most recent updates. It will start with simple fixes and proceed to the more complex ones.

Restart Your PC

Some glitches or issues on Windows can be easily fixed by restarting your computer. Simply restart your PC, then try to run the update again. If the error still appears, proceed to Option 2.

Check Your Internet Connection

A faulty network connection may cause the Error Code 0x8024a105 on Windows 10/11. This because a defective connection can interrupt the update process. You can try switching your connection to Wi-Fi if you are using a LAN connector or a LAN connector if you are using WI-FI then try to run the update again. If this option fails, try the next option.

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Run the Windows Update Troubleshooter

Since the problem is an update error, it stands to reason that the Windows Update troubleshooter may fix it. To run the troubleshooter, follow the following steps:

  1. Press the Windows key + R. This opens the Run window.
  2. Type the following command and press Enter.
    control.exe /name Microsoft. Troubleshooting
  3. This command will open the Windows Update troubleshooter. Find and click on Windows Update, then select Run the Troubleshooter.
  4. The troubleshooter will run and detect any problems with the updating client. If it finds any issues, follow the on-screen prompts so that it can automatically repair it. Usually, the option given is to Apply this Fix.
  5. Once it completes fixing the problem, restart your PC then check if the error was resolved.

If this fails, move on to the next option.

Change the User Account Control (UAC) Settings

Sometimes, the error occurs because the user running the updates doesn’t have the necessary permissions. To fix this, you will need to change the user accounts permissions related to that account to ‘Administrator. To do so, follow the following steps:

  1. Press the Windows key + R. This opens the Run window.
  2. Type in the following command and press enter to open the built-in troubleshooter
  3. Go to the Users tab, select the user you are using, then click Properties.
  4. Once the Properties window opens, go to Group Membership. Set Administrator as the level of access, click Apply, and save the changes. If it is already set as the Administrator, this was not the problem. So, proceed to Option 5.
  5. Once you change the user access, restart the computer and then attempt to perform the updates again.

If this fails, try Option 5.

Manually Reset the Windows Updates Components

Maybe the problem is the Windows Updates components. If it is, resetting them should fix it. To reset them, follow the following steps;

  1. In the Start search bar, search for CMD or Command Prompt.
  2. Right-click on it then select Run as Administrator.
  3. Select Yes in the pop-up window to get the Command Prompt window
  4. Here, you will stop four services: Windows Update, BITS, MSI Installer, and Cryptographic. To do this, run the following commands pressing Enter after each.
    net stop wuauserv
    net stop cryptSvc
    net stop bits
    net stop msiserver
  5. After stopping these services, it’s time to rename the Catroot2 folder and the SoftwareDistribution folder. This action will force Windows Update to restart them. Paste the following commands into CMD, pressing the Enter key after each.
    ren C:\Windows\SoftwareDistribution SoftwareDistribution.old
    ren C:\Windows\System32\catroot2 Catroot2.old
  6. Once you have renamed these folders, it’s time to restart the services you stopped in step two. Run the following commands pressing Enter after each.
    net start wuauserv
    net start cryptSvc
    net start bits
    net start msiserver
  7. Close the Command Prompt window once the services have restarted and restart your computer

Check to see if the updates will install now.

If these options fail, all hope is not lost. There are more PC repair tips and tricks you can find that will help you solve this issue.

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