Error 0x80240FFF: How To Fix Windows 10 Updates [Guide]

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If you have been having problems with Windows 10, particularly to Error 0x80240fff, which impedes your ability to download and / or install updates in the OS, find out how a simple series of steps will help fix that problem and allow you to download updates once more!

While the 0x80240FFF problem might seem impossible to solve at first, there is actually a relatively simple solution to the problem. Follow the guide below and you will be on the track to being able to install updates without any troubles.

This guide will be broken down into two sections. One solution will be for Windows 10 Pro, Enterprise, and Education users and the other for Windows 10 Home users. To find out the version of your OS, simply Press CTRL + R and type winver.

How to check your version of Windows.

Once you have identified the version of your OS, simply go to the guide that your OS belongs to and follow the series of steps to fix 0x80240FFF.

For Windows 10 Pro, Enterprise, and Education Users

If you are running Windows 10 Pro, follow the steps below to fix Error 0x80240fff on your system.

STEP 1:

Press Windows Key + I and navigate to the Update & security option.

Opening the settings page.

STEP 2:

When in here, you will look for the Windows Update Tab which is the default window, and in here you will look for the “Advanced Options“.

Opening advanced options.

STEP 3:

Once you have opened Advanced options, look for the checkbox which says “Defer upgrades“. If this option is already ticked and you are still facing the error, try to uncheck it and look for updates.

How to defer upgrades.

If however, the option was unticked, try to tick it and then look for updates.

Ideally, many users agree that enabling “Defer upgrades” is what solved their problems regarding the error 0x80240FFF.

However, since the above option is only for Pro users, Home users will have to follow a different series of steps to solve this.

For Windows 10 Home Users

Method 1

There are a number of solutions that can help remedy your problem, but the most reliable and fastest method would be through resetting your Windows Update with the help of a .bat file.

Running the bat file will do the following to your system:

  • Re-register your systems Windows update files.
  • Remove redundant Windows update folders which could be causing problems.
  • Resets your network connection.

If you wish to download the bat file, you simply have to follow the link below and download it.

Reset Windows Update for Windows 7 / 8 / 8.1. [OneDrive]

Reset Windows Update for Windows 10 (Works on Build 10240 and above) [OneDrive]

Once you download the bat files, extract them using any tool and run the bat file by double-clicking it.

After running it, you will see a command prompt box open up. Once you see the text “Task completed successfully” appear in the black box, it is highly recommended you reboot the computer and try updating once more.

For those of you who are curious, the bat files are courtesy of a reliable source [Microsoft Answers]. So you don’t have to worry about the files being malicious and if you wish you can also download the bat files from the above linked source.

Method 2

One of the solutions for fixing 0x80240FFF involves using the Run command (CTRL + R), when you press the aforementioned key, type in services.msc in the box.

Within services.msc you will be shown a giant list, you have to look for Background Intelligent Transfer Service (BITS). When you do manage to locate it, right-click on the service and choose Properties.

Finding the BITS service.

When you do find it, you will be in the General tab by default. From here, you have to see that Startup Type is set to “Automatic (Delayed start)” and you have to see the Service Status is set to Running, if not, click on the Start button.

Making sure BITS is running.

Once you have done all of the above, click on OK and reboot your system. You should now be able to properly download and install Windows Updates, thus fixing 0x80240FFF.

Let us know in the comments section if you have had success with these steps and which step worked for you if you are a Home user.