How to fix Windows Update Error 0x80240fff ?

If you are using a Windows 10 PC and you get the error code 0x80240fff, you have come to the right place. Today we are going to be providing you all the information about this error code.

The Windows Update Error 0x80240fff is very annoying, it stops windows 10 from searching for available updates, and users cannot download and install them.

You can follow the steps given below to solve this problem but before that let us look at the reasons for the Windows Update Error 0x80240fff.

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Fixes for the Windows Update Error 0x80240fff

Fix 1:  Use the Windows Update troubleshooter

You can use the windows update troubleshooter to determine whether the internet connection of the system is right or not, you can check for the functionality of your network adapter and the condition of the Windows Update Service.  To use the troubleshooter, follow the steps below:

  • Press Windows + X  to open the control panel for opening the troubleshooter. Or, Go to the search menu and search for ‘Troubleshooting.’
  • Inside the troubleshooting tab, find System and Security. When you’ve found it, click on ‘Fix problems with Windows Update.’

Fix 2: Restart BITS

Background Intelligent Transfer Services (BITS) is one of the services responsible for Windows Update. If you have any update issues in Windows, you can restart the BITS service and fix it. Follow the given steps to restart this service:

  • Open the Run box (shortcut: Windows +R) and search for ‘services. MSC’

services msc

  • Now, search for the BITS service in the available list.
  • When you find the BITS service, right-click on it and then click on Restart.

BITS restart

  • Double click on the BITS service and make sure that the selected option is Automatic (Delayed Start). When you are done, click on the apply button and that’s about it.

Fix 3: Disable Windows Firewall

As we mentioned earlier, Windows Firewall is yet another reason for the conflict for you being unable to download and install the Windows Update. You can fix firewall related updates by following the steps below:

  • Use the Run Command to open the Control panel and then click on System and Security.

system and security

  • Go to the Windows Firewall option and in the left section, you can find the ‘Turn Firewall on/off’ option.

windows firewall

  • Turn the firewall off in private and public networks.

Turn windows firewall on off

  • Now, try to restart the update process and see if Windows is getting the update or not.
  • After you have fixed the update issue, turn on the firewall again by following the same steps given above.

Fix 4: Run the DISM Command

dsim service

DISM is an inbuilt command that can help you fix Windows Update related errors and repair any system file corruption in your Windows System. You can run DISM on any version of windows with a command prompt. To run the DISM command, you can follow the steps below:

  • Open the Command Prompt with Admin Privileges. Search for command prompt in the search menu, right-click on it and then open as Administrator.
  • Now, type in this command: dism /online /cleanup-image /restore health
  • You can now hit the enter key to run this command, it will take around 30 minutes to complete.
  • This command will restore the system’s health. Your issue might be fixed now.

Fix 5: Reset Windows

reset pc

You should only reset Windows if you don’t have that much data on your system. You can also create backups of existing files before you reset windows. We recommend you create a full image backup to backup all your files before proceeding with this fix:

  • First of all, go to the search box and type Reset PC and click on the result.
  • You can now click on the get started button to start the process.
  • You will find the option to keep your files and remove everything. Choose what you want to do.
  • Now, the process will begin. It will take some time and after a while, the process will complete leaving you with a default copy of Windows. You can update the system now.

Reasons for the Windows Update Error 0x80240fff

There are many reasons that can cause the Windows Update Error 0x80240fff. Some of the reasons that this error can occur are explained below:

  • The firewall system in Windows is malfunctioning.
  • There are some network connection issues.
  • There are some file corruption problems.
  • The Windows Update service is disabled or damaged.
  • You are using the Windows 10 build 10240.
  • Your system doesn’t have the correct date to synchronize the update.


The Windows 10 update error 0x80240fff is one of the most prevalent errors in Windows Computers. It can occur in many versions of the Windows 10 system.

The most common is the Windows build 10240. This version of Windows 10 is very buggy and can cause this error.

Do not worry though, just follow the steps above when you run into this update error and you will definitely be able to solve it quickly.