How to fix “Windows 10 Update Error 0x80240fff”?

Thousands of Windows users have recently tried to update their OS and have encountered the annoying error code 0x80240fff. According to Microsoft, this error occurs when custom content uses a product name that matches an existing category name. We’ve prepared some tips for you to troubleshoot this crash.

Postpone updates

This solution is available for version 10 Pro users.

  • Go to “Update options” -> “Advanced options” -> “Cancel update.”

Use the Media Creation Tool


Media Creation Tool

to download the latest Windows 10 updates to your pc. This solution is used by Windows 10 Home users. As you know, in the Home version, automatic updates are constantly buggy.

Run Windows Update Troubleshooter

The operating system has a number of built-in troubleshooters that address common technical issues, including difficulty updating the OS.

  • Open ” Settings ” -> ” Update and Security ” -> ” Troubleshoot ” -> run the Update.

Restart Background Intelligent Transfer Services

Follow these steps to restart BITS:

  1. Press Windows Key + R , type services.msc in the box.
  2. Find BITS.
  3. Right click on Background Intelligent Transfer Service > Properties .
  4. On the General tab next to Start , make sure Automatic (Delayed Start) is selected . If not, select Apply .

Reset Windows Update Components

  1. Open Start > Type cmd > Command Prompt ( Admin )
  2. Click ” Yes “.

Stop BITS, Cryptographic, MSI Installer and Windows Update services by typing the following commands (press Enter after each one):

  • net stop wuauserv;
  • net stop cryptSvc;
  • clean stop bits;
  • net stop msiserver.

Rename the SoftwareDistribution and Catroot2 folder by entering the commands at the command prompt:

  • Ren C: Windows softwareDistribution SoftwareDistribution.old;
  • Ren C: Windows System32 catroot2 Catroot2.old.

Restart BITS, Cryptographic, MSI Installer and Windows update:

  • net stop wuauserv;
  • net stop cryptSvc;
  • clean stop bits;
  • net stop msiserver.

Close command line.

Disable VPN software

Some users have confirmed that disabling VPN software helped them fix error 0x80240fff. If you are using a VPN, disable it and then check for updates.

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