Windows Update Error Codes in Windows 10

Windows 10 is set to check for updates automatically unless you disable this feature manually. If you run into problems when using Windows Update, the following table with Windows Update's common error codes can be helpful.

Windows 10 comes with a special service called "Windows Update" which periodically downloads update packages from Microsoft's servers and installs those updates except for metered connections. If it is not disabled in Windows 10, the user can manually check for updates at any moment.


The update that is offered to a device depends on several factors. Some of the most common attributes include the following.

  • OS Build
  • OS Branch
  • OS Locale
  • OS Architecture
  • Device update management configuration

If the update you're offered isn't the most current available, it might be because your device is being managed by a WSUS server, and your'e being offered the updates available on that server. It's also possible, if your device is part of a Windows as a Service deployment ring, that your admin is intentionally slowing the rollout of updates. Since the WaaS rollout is slow and measured to begin with, all devices will not receive the update on the same day.

If you see a Windows Update error code in the Settings app in Windows 10, see the following table. Quite possible that you will find the appropriate description for that error.

Windows Update Error Codes in Windows 10

Error Code / MessageDescriptionMitigation
0x8024402F WU_E_PT_ECP_SUCCEEDED_WITH_ERRORSExternal cab file processing completed with some errorsOne of the reasons we see this issue is due to the design of a software called Lightspeed Rocket for Web filtering.
The IP addresses of the computers you want to get updates successfully on, should be added to the exceptions list of Lightspeed
0x80242006 WU_E_UH_INVALIDMETADATAA handler operation could not be completed because the update contains invalid metadata.Rename Software Redistribution Folder and attempt to download the updates again:
Rename the following folders to *.BAK:
- %systemroot%\system32\catroot2To do this, type the following commands at a command prompt. Press ENTER after you type each command.
- Ren %systemroot%\SoftwareDistribution\DataStore *.bak
- Ren %systemroot%\SoftwareDistribution\Download *.bak
Ren %systemroot%\system32\catroot2 *.bak
0x80070BC9 ERROR_FAIL_REBOOT_REQUIREDThe requested operation failed. A system reboot is required to roll back changes made.Ensure that we do not have any policies that control the start behavior for the Windows Module Installer. This service should not be hardened to any start value and should be managed by the OS.
0x80200053 BG_E_VALIDATION_FAILEDNAEnsure that there is no Firewalls that filter downloads. The Firewall filtering may lead to invalid responses being received by the Windows Update Client. If the issue still persists, run the WU reset script.
0x80072EE2 WININET_E_TIMEOUTThe operation timed outThis error message can be caused if the computer isn't connected to Internet. To fix this issue, following these steps: make sure these URLs are not blocked:
Additionally , you can take a network trace and see what is timing out.
The operation timed outMake sure there are no firewall rules or proxy to block Microsoft download URLs.
Take a network monitor trace to understand better.
0X8007000D ERROR_INVALID_DATAIndicates invalid data downloaded or corruption occurred.Attempt to re-download the update and initiate installation.
0x8024A10A USO_E_SERVICE_SHUTTING_DOWNIndicates that the WU Service is shutting down.This may happen due to a very long period of time of inactivity, a system hang leading to the service being idle and leading to the shutdown of the service. Ensure that the system remains active and the connections remain established to complete the upgrade.
0x80240020 WU_E_NO_INTERACTIVE_USEROperation did not complete because there is no logged-on interactive user.Please login to the system to initiate the installation and allow the system to be rebooted.
0x80242014 WU_E_UH_POSTREBOOTSTILLPENDINGThe post-reboot operation for the update is still in progress.Some Windows Updates require the system to be restarted. Reboot the system to complete the installation of the Updates.
0x80246017 WU_E_DM_UNAUTHORIZED_LOCAL_USERThe download failed because the local user was denied authorization to download the content.Ensure that the user attempting to download and install updates has been provided with sufficient privileges to install updates (Local Administrator).
0x8024000B WU_E_CALL_CANCELLEDOperation was cancelled.This indicates that the operation was cancelled by the user/service. You may also encounter this error when we are unable to filter the results.
Run the Decline Superseded PowerShell script to allow the filtering process to complete.
0x8024000E WU_E_XML_INVALIDWindows Update Agent found invalid information in the update's XML data.Certain drivers contain additional metadata information in the update.xml, which could lead Orchestrator to understand it as invalid data. Ensure that you have the latest Windows Update Agent installed on the machine.
0x8024D009 WU_E_SETUP_SKIP_UPDATEAn update to the Windows Update Agent was skipped due to a directive in the file.You may encounter this error when WSUS is not sending the Self-update to the clients.

Review KB920659 for instructions to resolve the issue.

0x80244007 WU_E_PT_SOAPCLIENT_SOAPFAULTSOAP client failed because there was a SOAP fault for reasons of WU_E_PT_SOAP_* error codes.This issue occurs because Windows cannot renew the cookies for Windows Update. Review KB2883975 for instructions to resolve the issue.

That's it.

Source: Microsoft.

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Sergey Tkachenko is a software developer who started Winaero back in 2011. On this blog, Sergey is writing about everything connected to Microsoft, Windows and popular software. Follow him on Telegram, Twitter, and YouTube.

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