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How to fix 0x8024401c Windows update error?

Windows 10 is easily the best version of Windows Microsoft has ever released. It’s a well-made OS with a lot of optimisation and a good interface. However, just like everything tech, it isn’t immune to bugs and glitches.

In this article, we’re talking about a few fixes you can try if you run into the 0x8024401c error while updating Windows 10. The error is mostly caused by Windows not connecting to Microsoft’s server due to an internet connection issue or Windows simply connecting to the wrong server. Corrupt drivers may also cause the issue. 

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Try modifying the registry

The first thing you can do is modify the registry to force Windows to connect to Microsoft’s servers to fetch the updates. Here’s how.

Step 1: Press Windows key + R to open the Run prompt. Type regedit and hit enter. 

How to fix 0x8024401c Windows update error?

Step 2; Navigate to the following directory

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\WindowsUpdate\AU\
How to fix 0x8024401c Windows update error?

Step 3: Find the UseWUServer key, double-click it and change the value to 0.

How to fix 0x8024401c Windows update error?

Now restart your PC and try again. 


Run an SFC scan

Corrupt files within Windows can cause all sorts of problems. To resolve this, run an SFC scan to fix any damaged or corrupt files. 

Step 1: Press Windows Key + X and click on Command Prompt (Admin) to run the Command Prompt with admin privileges. 

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Step 2: Type sfc /scannow to run a system scan.

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Wait for the scan to finish then restart your PC and try again. 

Also read: How to fix ‘Chrome not opening Windows 10’ error?


Disable IPv6

If you’re running IPv6, it can sometimes cause timeout errors when connecting to servers. Here’s how to fix the situation.

Step 1: Press the Windows key and search for Network settings. Click on the corresponding search result.

How to fix 0x8024401c Windows update error?

Step 2: Click on Change adaptor settings.

How to fix 0x8024401c Windows update error?

Step 3: Double click your active connection.

How to fix 0x8024401c Windows update error?

Step 4: Click on Properties.

How to fix 0x8024401c Windows update error?

Step 5: Make sure the IPv6 box is unchecked and the IPv4 box is checked instead. 

How to fix 0x8024401c Windows update error?

Restart your PC and try again.


Reinstall corrupt drivers 

Lastly, corrupt drivers can also cause this error. Here’s how you can fix this.

Step 1: Press Windows key + R, type in devmgmt.msc and hit enter.

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Step 2: Find the corrupt driver’s category and expand it to find the driver. For example, if your WiFi driver is acting up, double click Network adaptors to expand it and right click your Wi-Fi card. Click on Update driver.

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Step 3: Select Search automatically for drivers and Windows will find and install any available updates. 

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Also read: How to fix ‘System Thread Exception Not Handled’ error in Windows 10?

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