Windows Update Error 0x80070424 often pops up if the required system files aren’t registered due to which users aren’t able to get their system updated. The error usually occurs while updating your system using Windows Update Standalone Installer or through Windows Update located in Settings. Windows Update Standalone Installer (Wusa.exe) is a built-in utility that uses Windows Update Agent API to download and install Windows update packages.
The 0x80070424 error has quite a history. Some users encountered this error back in the times of Windows XP and it still haunts someone once in a while. However, with the passage of time, the error has been, indeed, addressed. One is able to find a workaround of an issue if he/she knows the cause, therefore, let us have a look at the causes of this error.
What causes the Windows Update Error 0x80070424 on Windows 10?
Since the error has been around for quite a while now, the causes of the error aren’t hidden anymore. It can be caused due to —
- Windows update services. Windows update requires certain services to be running in order for the update to download and install safely. Hence, if the required services aren’t running, the error will be shown.
- Required system files. Another reason due to which this error pops is if certain system files that are required for the update aren’t registered on the system.
Implement the following solutions in order to resolve your issue.
Solution 1: Windows Update Troubleshooter
Microsoft makes sure to update their troubleshooters for different issues here and then. It is safe to say that the troubleshooters now are far better than what we used to have. This fact in itself makes it important to run the Windows Update Troubleshooter whenever an update error is prompted. Here’s how to execute the troubleshooter:
- Press Winkey + I to open Settings.
- Go to Update & Security.
- Switch to the Troubleshoot tab and locate Windows Update.
- Highlight it and then click ‘Run Troubleshooter’.
Solution 2: Registering System Files
Windows updates make use of certain Windows system files to be able to download and install the update package safely. Therefore, if the system files aren’t registered on the system, the error will tend to pop up. The system files are usually in .dll format. Here’s how to register the files:
- Press Winkey + R to open Run.
- Enter the following one by one:
regsvr32 Qmgr.dll /s regsvr32 Qmgrprxy.dll /s
- Reboot your system and then run the update.
Solution 3: Enabling Windows Update Service
The error can be often caused if the Windows Update, Background Intelligent Transfer Service and Workstation services are not running. In such a case, you’ll have to visit Windows Services and start them manually. Here’s how:
- Open Run by pressing Winkey + R.
- Type in ‘services.msc’.
- Locate the above-mentioned services and double-click them one by one.
- Make sure the services are set to Automatic and are running.
- If they aren’t, set the Startup type to Automatic, click Apply and make sure to Start the service.
- Reboot your system and then try to update.
Solution 4: Using Windows Registry
Windows Registry is an essential component of the Windows operating system. Sometimes the error pops up due to the restriction imposed by Windows Registry. You can fix the error by allowing the Windows update from the registry. Here’s how:
- Press Winkey + R to open Run.
- Type in ‘regedit’.
- Paste in the following path in the address bar:
- In the right-hand pane, look for the DisableWindowsUpdateAccess DWORD.
- Double-click it and set the value to 0.
- Enabling Windows Update from Registry
- Restart your machine for it to take effect.
Solution 5: Reset Windows Update Components
Whenever you initiate an update, Windows uses its update components to download, store and then install the package. However, this can be affected if the update components aren’t operating properly. In such a case, you’ll have to reset them.
There are two ways of resetting Windows update components — entering a series of commands in the command prompt or using an easy and safe script. Well, to make it easy for you, we’re going to link the script. It can be downloaded from here. Once you’ve downloaded it, extract the .zip file, and run the ResetWUEng.cmd file as an Administrator.
Solution 6: Repair Windows
Finally, if none of the above solutions work out for you, you are left but with one option. You’ll have to repair your Windows installation. When you repair your Windows, it’ll automatically update your system to the latest version as well as repair the system files.
To learn more about this, please refer to this article on our site showing you how to repair your Windows 10 quite thoroughly.