Are you seeing error code 0x80240fff in Windows 10? Like most Windows errors, it is cryptic and alone doesn’t give you much information.
We are here to help. Let’s take a look at what Windows Update error 0x80240fff means and how to fix this problem.
What is the 0x80240fff error?
Error 0x80240fff in Windows 10 is related to Windows Update. You’ll see it in the Windows Update menu (found under Settings> Update & Security> Windows Update ) when you manually check for updates or after Windows fails to automatically check for updates.
The error message usually looks like this:
There were some problems installing the updates, but we’ll try again later. If you keep seeing this message and want to search the web or contact support for information, it might help (0x80240fff)
Here’s what to do when Windows Update fails due to this error.
- Restart your PC
Like all troubleshooting, it’s important to start simple. Before moving on to the advanced procedures, simply restart your PC to eliminate any temporary anomalies that may be causing this error.
Once restarted, it’s also worth making sure your computer is properly online. Visit a few different websites to make sure your computer doesn’t have a larger network problem, which will prevent it from downloading Windows updates. In this case, consult our guide to the resolution of network issues for assistance.
- Defer Windows updates
Oddly enough, the most common fix for the Windows Update 0x80240fff error is to postpone updates by a few days. If you’re not aware, this feature lets you temporarily pause Windows Update – useful when you don’t want your computer to automatically restart or make changes during mission-critical tasks.
In previous versions, this feature was only available to Windows 10 Pro users, but now those on Windows 10 Home can use it too. Go to Settings> Update & Security> Windows Update , then click Advanced Options .
At the bottom of this page, you will see a Suspend Updates header . Use the drop-down box to select a date and Windows will not install any updates until then. Once reached, Windows will install any pending updates before you can pause again.
Many have reported that postponing updates fixes the 0x80240fff error. This could be because the server you receive updates from changes, so if one has problems, you can try installing the update from another server later.
However, you don’t want to put off security updates for too long. Try putting it off for 3-5 days, then see if Windows Update works again later.
- Run the Windows Update Troubleshooter
Windows 10 includes several built-in troubleshooting tools that can help you solve common problems in a variety of areas. While they don’t always have an effect, they are worth trying if you have any problems, just in case.
To use the Windows Update Troubleshooter, go to Settings> Update & Security> Troubleshoot . On this page, click on the Additional Troubleshooting Tools link at the bottom. Then, on the resulting screen, click on Windows Update> Run the troubleshooter in the Install and Work section to check for problems with the service.
If this finds something, it will try to fix the problems automatically. Try checking for updates again once the troubleshooting is complete.
- Disable all VPN connections and antivirus apps
Since having a VPN enabled on your computer affects all of its connections, there is a possibility that your VPN will interfere with checking for Windows updates. If you haven’t solved your problem yet and you’re using a VPN, turn it off before checking for updates again.
If that doesn’t work, try temporarily disabling your antivirus app. This may be preventing Windows Update from doing its job.
- Restart Windows Update Services
Windows Update relies on a lot of background services, so it won’t work if any of those services have a problem. If you have gotten this far and still see the 0x80240fff error, you should try restarting some services that may have failed.
Type services in the Start menu to search for the utility, then open the Services menu from the results. This will open up a large list of services.
For each of those listed below, if you see that it is already running , right-click on it and choose Restart . In case it isn’t running, right-click and choose Start .
- Application identity
- Background Intelligent Transfer Service
- Cryptographic services
- Windows update
After that, try running Windows Update again.
- Run System File Checker
If you have problems with any major Windows component, the System File Checker (SFC) tool is an important troubleshooting step. This checks for damaged Windows system files and attempts to fix them.
Related: What’s the Difference Between CHKDSK, SFC, and DISM in Windows 10?
To run SFC, right-click the Start button (or press Windows key + X ) and choose Command Prompt (administrator) or Windows PowerShell (administrator) from the list. Once there, type the following:
This will perform a scan and display the results when done. Be aware that this may take some time.
- Manually install the latest version of Windows
If you see error 0x80240fff when you try to download the latest feature update for Windows 10, you can try installing the latest version of Windows 10 by other means.
Instead of relying on Windows Update, you should try downloading Windows 10 from Microsoft’s official page. This will download an installer that will attempt to put the latest version on your system with an in-place update.
If that doesn’t work, you can use the media creation tool to create Windows 10 installation media from a USB flash drive. This requires you to boot the flash drive and manually install the latest revision.
One of them should work fine if your problem is a temporary hitch with Windows Update itself and you just want the latest feature update.
Fixing error 0x80240fff in Windows 10
Now you know the ways to fix Windows Update 0x80240fff error when it appears. Since it is related to Windows Update, the source of the problem is probably the network connection or some component of Windows. With any luck, you’ll have an easy fix and can keep your PC updated properly.
If these steps didn’t fix your problem, you can do more to fix general Windows Update problems.