Windows 10 couldn’t be installed error Code 80240020 [Solved]

Sophie Luo, in Common errorTechnical Tips
The 80240020 error happens usually when the Windows 10 files that you downloaded was not complete and the setup process still tried to do the upgrade to Windows 10. Or it could be that your Windows 10 installation folder is unfinished or corrupted. 


Luckily, this is an easy question to solve. Please follow the steps below to get this problem fixed. 

Step One

1) Navigate to C:\$Windows.~BT folder. If you cannot see this folder, please make sure that you have checked the hidden items. 


Delete as many files in this folder as you can. You might not be able to delete all the files due to permission issues. 

2) Navigate to C:\Windows\SoftwareDistribution\Download and delete all the files in this folder. 

Please note that you don’t have to delete Download folder, but rather, you need to delete the content in it. 


3) Type cmd.exe in the search box in Start panel and right click the option cmd and choose Run as administrator



Click Yes at this prompt. 




4) Type wuauclt.exe/updatenow and hit Enter key. 





Step Two

Warning: Before you proceed with this step, please make sure that you have back up your registry first just in case any irreversible errors happen. Refer to this post to see how to backup and restore your registry

1) Press Windows key and R at the same time, then type in regedit and hit Enter. When prompted for administrator permission, click Yes to continue. 

2) Then follow the path: 
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\WindowsUpdate\OSUpgrade 


3) On the right side of the pane, right click on the blank spot and select New > DWORD (32-bit) Value


4) Rename the value to AllowOSUpgrade. Then double click the value and set the Value data to 1. Then click OK to save the change. 


Your Windows Update panel should come out in a couple of seconds. If it won’t open automatically, you can open this panel from Control Panel manually. Then, you should be able to download your Windows 10 from scratch. 

The steps above also work if you are having a 80080080 or 8024600A error code. Usually the error is common with Windows 8.1 users, but for those who are using Windows 7, this solution applies as well. 

If the problem still persists, please be patient, Windows update takes time to download the upgrades in the background. 

If you still could not get this problem fixed, your Windows update tool might be corrupted so the security settings and background process is now malfunctioned. In this case, it is suggested that you burn the DVD or CD or USB flash drive with Windows 10 ISO files in to do the clean install from scratch. If you want to know how to do it, please refer to this post here for more information.

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