This error code 0x8024500c occurs when you try to install a Windows Update, there are many reasons for this error. Mainly this error is caused by Windows update services, misconfigured registry settings, corrupted update files, and policy restrictions. This issue is more common with Cumulative updates.
We will try different approaches to find & eliminate the root cause of this error. Follow the methods below to fix this error.
1. Reset Windows Update Services & Cache
Windows rely on a few services to update your Windows. If these services are stopped or disabled by a third-party program, it won’t be able to update your Windows. Therefore, we will restart these services and ensure they are enabled as a startup to fix this issue. Follow these steps to reset Windows Update components & services to default settings:
- Download this batch file we created for you (here).
- Once it’s downloaded, run it as an administrator.
- After running the file as administrator, wait for the process to complete.
- Once the repair process is completed, restart your computer.
Try updating and checking if the issue is resolved.
2. Try Updating Manually
You can try to install the update manually through the official Microsoft Windows Update catalog. This process downloads the Update setup file, which doesn’t rely on the files downloaded by Windows to update your Windows which, in most cases, bypasses these error codes. Follow these steps to install the update manually:-
- Head over to the official Windows Update catalog.
- Search for the Update you are trying to install
Note: You can find the KB version from the Windows Update settings page.
- Now you have to match the name of the update in your Windows Update section with the one provided in catalogs because there are multiple architectures, and if your update isn’t compatible with the architecture you are using, it will not install and show you the error ‘This update is not applicable to your computer.’
- Once you find the right update, simply click on the “Download” button in front of it, and it will open a pop-up Window for you.
- Now click the link to start downloading the Update file.
- Once the Update Setup file is downloaded, open the file.
- Press “Yes” after the search for an update process is completed.
- Now it should start applying the update. Follow any on-screen instructions to complete the update.
3. Ignore the Update
This error is mostly reported in Windows 11, as it’s still new, and most of the updates it’s receiving are buggy. It’s best to ignore the update for some time because if it’s not installed properly, it’s possible that there is something wrong with the update itself, and we don’t have to change anything on our computer.
4. Install the Update through ISO File
You can download the latest ISO file and use it to update your Windows, this will work definitely because it doesn’t rely on the built in Windows services to update your Windows. Follow these steps:
- Download the latest ISO file from official website. We will download Windows 10 ISO file for demonstration purposes.
- Once the ISO file is downloaded, double-click on it to load it to a Virual Disk.
- Now run the “Setup.exe” file of Windows.
- Once the Setup window is opened press “Next”.
- Let it Check for updates and your PC.
- Accept the terms and conditions.
- Select “Keep Personal Files and Apps” option and press “Next”.
Note: If the keep personal files and apps option is greyed out you can follow this article here to fix that issue.
- Now follow on-screen instructions to upgrade your Windows to new version.
This should resolve the issue, if you are still facing this issue it’s possible that it’s just a bad update and microsoft is purposely blocking it from installing on computers, it is suggested to simply wait for the next update to get this issue resolved.