Error 0x80240017 while downloading or installing Windows Update on Windows 10

Recently, when I was updating my Windows 10, I received Windows Update Error 0x80240017, while installing an update. You could also receive a Download error 0x0248007 where the Updates may fail to download. I restarted my computer and tried again, but failed to proceed successfully – I again received the same error. If you too face this issue, maybe what I did may help you too.

Download error 0x0248007

Download error 0x0248007

Windows Update Error 0x80240017

Windows Update Error 0x80240017

Right-click on the Start Button to open the WinX Menu. Select Command Prompt (Admin).

Now type the following one after the other and hit Enter:

net stop wuauserv

net stop bits

This will stop the Background Intelligent Transfer Service and the Windows Update Service.


Now browse to the C:\Windows\SoftwareDistribution folder and delete all its contents. I suggest you press Ctrl+A to Select All and then Delete.


If the files are in use, and you are unable to delete some files, restart your device. After rebooting, run the above commands again.

Now you will be able to delete the files from the mentioned Software Distribution folder.

After you have emptied this folder, you may restart your computer or you may type the following commands one at a time in the command prompt window, and hit Enter to restart the two Services.

net start wuauserv

net start bits

Run Windows Update again and see if this helped.

I was able to download and install the updates successfully. I hope this works for you too.

If it does not, run the Windows Update Troubleshooter and see if it helps.

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Anand Khanse is the Admin of, a 10-year Microsoft MVP Awardee in Windows (2006-16) & a Windows Insider MVP. Please read the entire post & the comments first, create a System Restore Point before making any changes to your system & be careful about any 3rd-party offers while installing freeware.


  1. Duncan Bushaw

    Got this error 0x80240017 while trying to update Windows Defender definitions using Windows Update.
    Updated definitions using Windows Defender without a hitch and ran Windows Update afterwards and did not get the error again, Windows Update checked for updates and found my system up to date.
    Note my system is Windows 10 and I have disabled/removed all the new windows apps from MS except for Windows Defender and Windows Store, actually had to reinstall Windows Store to be able to get apps from the store. I personally do not like what MS has done with their apps, slows down PC with all the spying acting like malware.

  2. whitewha1e

    Tried this, it’s stuck on “searching for updates”…. at least i don’t get the same error message.

  3. João Reis

    got this error with a HP printer driver, and now updates are stuck, the sugestion above did not work for me

  4. Julio C Olvera

    Just tried this and it worked perfectly fine for me.
    Thank you!

  5. Jonas

    Did everything, but I still face the same error when trying to download windows updates.

  6. Ankita Priya

    net start wuauserv
    After using this command if it shows “System error 5 has occurred
    Access id Denied”
    Then what can we do?

  7. Kenny Blewett

    CMD needs to be run as Administrator

  8. Codyt

    Well, this worked for me. Thanks a million!!!

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