Windows could not search for new updates. Error Code 80244FFF

Through Windows Updates, your system remain up-to-date with latest definitions of the build operating system. Microsoft releases latest updates periodically and users are advised to install the updates regularly to avoid issues on their system. But what if Windows Updates itself is experiencing issues in checking, downloading or installing the updates.

Recently, we came around one such error which is as follows:

Windows could not search for new updates. Code 80244FFF. Windows ran into a problem.

Windows could not search for new updates. Code 80244FFF. Windows ran into a problem.

If you’ve just faced this issue, we recommend you to restart your system at the initial stage. Make sure your system time, region are correct. You may also try the Windows Update Automated Troubleshooter or these Windows Update troubleshooting steps. If all of these options doesn’t works and issue still persists, then read on!

1. Press Windows Key + R combination and put inetcpl.cpl and hit Enter to open Internet Properties.

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2. In the Internet Properties window, under Local Area Network (LAN) Settings, click LAN Settings option.


3. Next, in the LAN Settings window shown below, check the Use a proxy server for your LAN option under Proxy server heading. Click Advanced then.


4. Moving on, in the Proxy Settings window, input the HTTP and Secure Type boxes with proxy address. Put 8888 into corresponding Port input box. Lastly, in the Exceptions section, type <-loopback>. Click OK then OK, then Apply followed by OK.


In this way, we have configured the favorable settings for Windows Updates. Thus you should now be able to check, download and install the Windows Updates, bypassing the error.

However, with this settings, Internet Explorer may not work fine. If that’s the case you came around, install the Windows Updates first and then disable the Use a proxy server for your LAN option (step 3), simply.

Hope this helps. Good luck!

See this post if you receive Error Code 80070103 Windows Update ran into a problem message.

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An Electrical Engineer by profession, Kapil is a Microsoft MVP and a Microsoft Content Creator. Please read the entire post & the comments first & create a system restore point before making any changes to your system.