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2. Perform SFC scan
Sometimes files corruption can cause update error 0x80246008 to appear.
Your installation can get corrupted for various reasons, but you might be able to fix the problem simply by performing both SFC and DISM scans.
To do that, just follow these steps:
- Press Windows Key + X to open Win + X menu. Select Command Prompt (Admin) or PowerShell (Admin) from the list.
- Command Prompt will now open. Enter sfc /scannow command and run it.
- The SFC scan will now start. The scan can take about 15 minutes, so don’t interfere with it and don’t interrupt it.
Once the SFC scan is completed, check if the problem is still there. If the problem is still present, we advise you to perform a DISM scan. To do that, follow these steps:
- Start Command Prompt as administrator.
DISM /Online /Cleanup-Image /RestoreHealthcommand. Press Enter to run it.
- The DISM scan will now start. DISM scan can take about 20 minutes or more, so don’t interrupt it.
Once the DISM scan is finished, check if the problem is still there. If you were unable to complete or run the SFC scan before, you might want to do that now.
3. Tweak the registry
In case the previous workaround proved futile, you should try and manually insert the registry command. We advise you to approach with caution to these complex operations since they can create a lot of problems if misused.
So, follow the next steps closely in order to resolve your issue.
- In Search Windows type cmd.
- Right-click the command prompt and Run as Administrator.
- In the command line type:
Reg add HKLMSYSTEMCurrentControlSetControlBackupRestoreFilesNotToBackup
- Once the command is performed close Command Prompt.
- Now, open again Search Windows and type services.msc.
- Find Background Intelligent Transfer Service.
- Right-click and Stop the process.
- Right-click again and choose Start.
This way you should resolve the update error. This kind of errors may occur on non-activated Windows, so be sure that you are running a genuine and activated system.
4. Restart BITS and Windows Event Log service
In order to resolve this issue, you should try restarting Background Intelligent Transfer Service. Additionally, you can try and restart Windows Event Log, too.
The procedure is a bit lengthy, but it can fix the best-known errors. To perform BITS restart, follow these instructions:
- In Search Windows type services.msc
- Find Background Intelligent Transfer Service
- Right-click and open Properties
- On the General tab, find Startup type and choose Automatic
- If the BITS is not running, right-click and choose Start.
- Confirm selection and close window.
Next step is the Windows Event Log. Namely, in order to fix some of the update malfunctions, you have to restart this service. You can do that by following these steps:
- In Search Windows type services.msc
- Scroll down until you find Windows Event Log
- Right-click and open Properties
- On the General tab, set Automatic in Startup type
- Make sure the service is running. If it isn’t, click Start.
- Press OK and close the Services window.
Few users managed to fix update issues with these workarounds. However, if the problem persists, move on to additional solutions.
5. Run Windows Update troubleshooter
According to users, sometimes update error 0x80246008 can occur due to some minor glitches with Windows Update. However, you can fix those glitches quickly simply by running Windows Update troubleshooter.
To do that, follow these simple steps:
- Press Windows Key + I to open the Settings app.
- Go to the Update & Security section.
- Navigate to Troubleshoot in the left pane. Select Windows Update from the list and click the Run the troubleshooter button.
After the troubleshooter is finished, check if the problem is resolved.
6. Reset Windows Update components
Another problem that can cause update error 0x80246008 can be your Windows Update components.
Sometimes certain services might not be running properly, and the only way to fix the problem is to manually reset them.
This is relatively simple to do, and in order to do it, you just need to follow these steps:
- Open Command Prompt as administrator.
- Once Command Prompt starts, run the following commands:
- net stop wuauserv
- net stop cryptSvc
- net stop bits
- net stop msiserver
- Ren C:WindowsSoftwareDistribution SoftwareDistribution.old
- Ren C:WindowsSystem32catroot2 Catroot2.old
- net start wuauserv
- net start cryptSvc
- net start bits
- net start msiserver
After running these commands, check if the problem with Windows Update is resolved.
7. Download the update manually
Sometimes in order to fix update error 0x80246008, you need to download and install the missing update manually.
Before you can do that, you need to find the update code in the Windows Update section. The update code has a KB prefix, followed by an array of numbers, so you won’t be able to miss it.
After finding out the update code, do the following:
- Go to the Microsoft Update Catalog website.
- In the search field enter the update code.
- You should now see the list of matching updates. Locate the update that uses the same architecture as your operating system and click the Download button next to it.
Once the update is downloaded, double-click it to install it. Once the update is installed, the problem should be completely resolved.
8. Perform an in-place upgrade
If update error 0x80246008 is still there, you might be able to fix the issue by performing an in-place upgrade. To do that, just follow these steps:
- Download and run Media Creation Tool.
- Select Upgrade this PC now option and click Next.
- Now select Download and install updates (recommended) and click Next.
- Follow the instructions on the screen. Once you reach Ready to install screen click Change what to keep.
- Select Keep personal files and apps and click Next.
- Now follow the instructions to complete the process.
Once the upgrade process is finished, you’ll have the latest version of Windows installed with all your files and applications preserved, and the problem will be permanently resolved.
That’s about it, we hope this article helped you resolve the problem with update error 0x80246008 in Windows 10, and that you’re now able to install your updates normally.
If you have any questions, suggestions, or more solutions, please let us know in the comments below.
Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in April 2019 and has been since revamped and updated in October 2020 for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.