How to Fix Windows 10 Update Failing with Error 0x8024200D

Windows 10 is arguably the best operating system that Microsoft has yet come up with. It combines lightweight applications with powerful security features to bring you a very effective operating system for your computer. Regular hotfixes and updates ensure that your PC is up to date in both hardware and software configurations, while maintaining maximum security. However, Windows 10 does have its drawbacks, with one of the main ones being the numerous errors it generates during installation. One of these errors is error 0x8024200D, which occurs when performing a Windows update.

Once the update files have finished downloading and are in the process of installing, many users have encountered an error 0x8024200D. What does that mean? In this article, we will explain what error 0x8024200D signifies and demonstrate how you can resolve it in order to continue with your Windows update installation.

Windows error code 0x8024200d isn’t new to the Windows 10 Anniversary Update as it has been around for a while. It simply indicates that there is a problem with the download and that its files are corrupted or missing.

The reason you might experience corrupt or missing files in your update is that it’s quite common to receive corrupt files when downloading over the internet. The file download could be halted halfway, or may not complete at all due to a faulty instruction sent back to the servers, erroneously indicating that the file was successfully downloaded. If the sent file cannot be properly decoded and encoded, it is likely to become corrupt or even be discarded by the system, thus resulting in missing files in the update.

This means you cannot continue with the installation till the corrupt or missing files have been replaced. Here are the methods that can get you back on track.

Method 1: Run SFC (System File Check) scan

Running the system file check application will find all the missing or corrupt files and replace them. We are going to use the elevated or administrator mode command line tool to run this scan.

  1. Press the start key or start button and immediately type “cmd”.
  2. Right click on the cmd application from the search results and select “run as administrator”.
  3. In the command prompt window, type this line: “C:\WINDOWS\system32>sfc /scannow”, then hit Enter. Wait for the scan to complete.

Windows Resource Protection will find corrupt files and successfully repaired them. You can retry installing your update after this.

Method 2: Delete the current downloaded update and Download the Windows update files again

Since the downloaded files are the ones that are corrupt, or you are unsure as to what exactly is missing, re-downloading the update will provide you with all necessary files and replace the corrupt ones. You may need to boot your computer in safe mode for the initial step, which involves deleting the currently corrupt download.

  1. Hold down the Shift key and click the restart button in the Windows Start menu. This will bring up the troubleshooter when the system restarts.
  2. Select Troubleshoot when the computer boots.
  3. Select Advanced and then Startup Settings.
  4. Select Restart.
  5. Once the machine has rebooted, press F4 (the key may vary with your PC) to select Enable Safe Mode.
  6. Navigate to ‘C:\Windows\SoftwareDistribution\Download’ once your computer is in Safe Mode. This is where the downloaded update files are stored.
  7. Delete all the contents of that folder.
  8. Reboot your computer into normal mode.
  9. Navigate to Settings > Update & security.
  10. Select ‘Check for updates’ and run the update process again.

Windows will start downloading your files again, and this time, there might be a clean update.


Kevin Arrows

Kevin Arrows is a highly experienced and knowledgeable technology specialist with over a decade of industry experience. He holds a Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS) certification and has a deep passion for staying up-to-date on the latest tech developments. Kevin has written extensively on a wide range of tech-related topics, showcasing his expertise and knowledge in areas such as software development, cybersecurity, and cloud computing. His contributions to the tech field have been widely recognized and respected by his peers, and he is highly regarded for his ability to explain complex technical concepts in a clear and concise manner.