If you see the error 0x80240017 in Windows Update, don’t worry. This is a common Windows Update error and you can fix it with the solutions in this article.

Why does 0x80240017 occur to my computer? This error 0x80240017 happens when you’re downloading or installing your Windows updates, and your Windows update failed. Generally it’s because of system files corruption or your driver issues.

But don’t panic. We’ll help you fix your problem.

Try these fixes

Here are the solutions that have helped people resolve error 0x80240017. You don’t need to try them all; just work your way down the list until everything’s working again.

  1. Run Windows Update Troubleshooter
  2. Reset Windows Update Components
  3. Run System File Checker
  4. Update available drivers
Note: the screenshots below com from Windows 10, and fixes apply to Windows 8 and Windows 7.

Fix 1: Run Windows Update Troubleshooter

Windows Update Troubleshooter is a helpful tool that is built in Windows system, and you can scan and fix your Windows Update error 0x80240017 by Windows Update Troubleshooter.

Here’s what you can do:

  1. Type Troubleshoot in the search box on your desktop, and click Troubleshoot in System settings.

  2. Click Troubleshoot on the left. In the Get up and running section, click Windows Update > Run the troubleshooter.

  3. Windows will start detecting problems. This can take several minutes. Then follow the instructions provided to finish the process.

  4. Restart your computer and try Windows Update again to see if it works.

This is hopefully to fix your Windows Update error 0x80240017.

Fix 2: Reset Windows Update Components

Windows Update components ensure that Windows Update runs properly and updates can be installed successfully in your computer. So resetting Windows Update components can fix your Windows Update error 0x80240017.

To do so, follow the steps below:

  1. Type cmd in the search box on your desktop, right click on Command Prompt and select Run as administrator.

  2. Copy and paste the following commands all at once in Command Prompt, and press Enter on your keyboard.

    net stop wuauserv
    net stop cryptSvc
    net stop bits
    net stop msiserver
    ren C:\Windows\SoftwareDistribution SoftwareDistribution.old
    ren C:\Windows\System32\catroot2 catroot2.old
    net start wuauserv
    net start cryptSvc
    net start bits
    net start msiserver

  3. Wait for the commands to complete, and exit Command Prompt.
  4. Open Windows Update and see if it works properly.

If your issue still persists, don’t worry, There is something else to try.

Fix 3: Run System File Checker

If your system files are missing or corrupted, you’re likely to see the Windows Update error 0x80240017. System File Checker (SFC) helps scan any corrupted system files that may cause your Windows Update error 0x80240017, and automatically fix detected problems.

  1. Type cmd in the search box on your desktop, right click on Command Prompt and select Run as administrator.
  2. Type the following command and press Enter.
    sfc /scannow

  3. Once the process is 100% complete, exit Command Prompt and restart your computer.

Try to update Windows again and see if it fixes your error 0x80240017.

Still no luck? Okay, there’s one more thing to try.

Fix 4: Update available drivers

You should update drivers that are missing or outdated to ensure your computer operates without problems.

There are two ways to update your drivers: manually and automatically.

Manually update your driver – You can go to the manufacturer’s website of your devices, find the latest driver and download it. Ensure to download the driver that is compatible with your Windows operating system.

Automatically update your driver – If you don’t have time or patience, you can do it automatically with Driver Easy.

Driver Easy will automatically recognize your system and find the correct drivers for it. You don’t need to know exactly what system your computer is running, you don’t need to risk downloading and installing the wrong driver, and you don’t need to worry about making a mistake when installing.

You can update your drivers automatically with either the FREE or the Pro version of Driver Easy. But with the Pro version it takes just 2 clicks (and you get full support and a 30-day money back guarantee):

  1. Download and install Driver Easy.
  2. Run Driver Easy and click Scan Now. Then Driver Easy will scan your computer and detect any problem drivers.

  3. Click the Update button next to the flagged device(s) to automatically download the driver (you can do that with the FREE version), then install it in your computer.

    Or click Update All to automatically download and install all the correct drivers for problem drivers (you can do this with the Pro version, and you’ll be prompted to upgrade when your click Update All).

  4. Restart your computer to take effect.

Open Windows Update to download and install updates and your problem should be fixed.

So there you have it – Hope this post helps in resolving your Windows Update error 0x80240017. If you have any questions or suggestions, feel free to leave a comment below.

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