4. Right-click on Windows Update and select Start.
This will restart the service in case it had been stopped. Once the process is complete, restart your computer to check if the error persists. If if does, move on to the next solution.
If your Windows Update Service registration is missing or corrupt, follow these simple steps to fix it quickly and easily.
4. Repair the Registry key
- Click on Start and type Advanced Startup Options.
- Select Advanced Startup Options from the search results and this will open the general settings screen.
- You will find the Advanced Startup option on the right side of the window.
- Click on the Restart now button to restart your computer in advanced startup mode.
5. Select the Troubleshoot button and click on Advanced Options.
6. Click on Automatic Repair. This will restart your computer. Select the administrative account when prompted.
The automatic repair tool will now look for and fix any corrupt entries on the registry. Once the process is complete, error code 0x8024001e will most likely have been resolved. If it wasn’t, move on to the next solution.
Need more ideas on how to repair a corrupted registry? Check out this guide to learn more.
5. Rename the Software Distribution Folder
- Click on Start and type Run. Alternatively, you can press the Windows + R keys.
- On the Run dialogue, type in Services.msc and press Enter.
3. Navigate down the list of services to find Windows Update.
4. Right-click on Windows Update and select Stop.
5. Navigate to C: (or the folder of your Local Drive) then choose Windows. Find the SoftwareDistribution folder.
6. Right-click on the SoftwareDistribution folder and click Rename. (Rename the folder to something like SoftwareDistributionOld.)
7. Click Start and type Run. Alternatively, you can press the Windows + R keys.
8. On the Run dialogue, type in Services.msc and press Enter.
9. Navigate down the list of services to find Windows Update.
10. Right-click on Windows Update and select Start.
Once the process is complete, restart your computer to check if the error persists. If it does, move on to the next solution.
For more info on how to rename the Software Distribution folder, take a look at this in-depth guide.
6. Perform a System Restore
- Click on Start and type System Restore on the search box.
- Select System Restore from the search results.
- On the newly opened window, follow the on-screen instructions.
The system restore process will now start. Once the process is complete, restart your computer. This will most likely fix the 0x8024001e error.
If you’re interested in more info on how to create a restore point and how would that help you, take a look at this simple article to find out everything you need to know.
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Hopefully one of these solutions worked for you. If not, try contacting Microsoft Support.
If you have any other suggestions or questions, feel free to leave them in the comments section below and we’ll be sure to check them out.
FAQ: Learn more about dealing with update errors
- Can I delete SoftwareDistribution folder Windows 10?
If Windows Update fails, you can safely remove the contents of the folder. We have a complete guide on removing the Software Distribution folder.
- How do I clean my registry?
Keeping your registry cleaned means you will encounter fewer errors and software conflicts. Do this automatically using a registry cleaner.
- How do I fix missing DLL files in Windows 10?
Read our guide on how to fix missing DLL files, and see how easy it is to deal with this problem.
Editor’s Note: This article was originally published in October 2017 and was revamped and updated in January 2021 for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.