When some users are trying to search for updates, they see Windows Update Error 0x8024001B. The error comes with a message that says “There was a problem checking for updates”. This doesn’t allow Windows to scan for the update, hence, they never get to update their computer. If you are one of those users, then this post is for you.
0x8024001B -2145124325 WU_E_SELFUPDATE_IN_PROGRESS The operation could not be performed because the Windows Update Agent is self-updating.
What causes Error 0x8024001B of Windows Update?
One thing you need to know is that this error code sometimes means that the update is installing, but users have reported that even after a day or two, the update doesn’t seem to get installed. That’s why we need to know why this error code is appearing and what should be done to resolve the issue. Usually, if the system files are corrupted, these kinds of errors are triggered. Even though this still is a reason here, it’s not the most obvious one. The Windows Update Agent can also cause this issue.
Fix Windows Update Error 0x8024001B
If you are encountering Windows Update Error 0x8024001B, check out the following solutions.
- Restart your computer and retry
- Run Windows Update Troubleshooter
- Reset Software Distribution and Catroot Folders
- Reset Windows Update Agent to default
- Repair System Files.
1] Restart your computer and retry
Sometimes, the error just comes out of the blue because of a glitch. To get rid of it, try restarting your computer. After that, try updating your OS and see if that works. If not, move to the next solution.
2] Run Windows Update Troubleshooter
Now, let us begin with our troubleshooting. First up, we are going to run Windows Update Troubleshooter and let it recognize the cause and rectify it. Follow the given steps to do the same.
- Open Settings.
- Go to System.
- Click on Troubleshoot and then select Other troubleshooters.
- Now, click the Run button for Windows Update.
Run the troubleshooter and see if that helps.
- Launch the Settings app.
- Click on Update & Security > Troubleshoot > Additional troubleshooters.
- Finally, select Windows Update and click Run the troubleshooter.
Hopefully, this will do the job for you.
3] Reset Software Distribution and Catroot Folders
If the Windows Update Components, Software Distribution and Catroot, have corrupted files, chances are you will see the error code in question. You should flush the folders and see if that works.
Our portable freeware FixWin allows you to reset this and most other Windows settings or functions with a single click.
Open FixWin > Additional Fixes > Quick Fixes and press the following buttons one after the other:
- Reset Software Distribution folder
- Reset Catroot2 folder.
Your job will be done in a click!
4] Reset Windows Update Agent to default
If you are facing problems while downloading or installing Windows Updates on Windows 11/10/8/7, you definitely want to run the Reset Windows Update Agent Tool from Microsoft. This Reset Windows Update Agent will reset & repair all WU-related components & registry keys, detect corruptions, replace corrupted system files, fix corrupted system images, Reset Winsock settings, and so on.
5] Repair System Files
If your computer has recently suffered a virus attack or you usually do an improper shutdown, your Operating System’s file can get corrupted. But this doesn’t mean that these files can not be resolved. We are going to use some commands to do the same. Open Command Prompt as an administrator and run the following commands.
If that doesn’t work, then try the next command.
DISM /Online /Cleanup-Image /RestoreHealth
These should do the trick for you.
How to fix Windows Update Error?
More often than not, you can resolve any Windows Update error using the solutions mentioned in this article. However, there are some which required specific solutions, which is why it is a better option to use the error code to search for solutions. But if you are looking for general solutions check our guide to fixing Windows Update errors.
Following are some other common Windows Update errors.