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    Windows Updater Error 8024800A - Solved


    Windows updater starts searching then freezes, with error: 4024800A.

    Running Trouble Shooter shows it as fixed but it continues to recur.

    Microsoft support engineer gives the following solution: Click here --> MSsupport It's the third post down.

    Or to save time:

    1. Open Start Menu --> Windows System --> Right click: Command Prompt and open as administrator.

    2. Type or copy/paste each of the following commands; and press Enter after each one:

    • net stop bits
    • net stop wuauserv
    • rd /s /q %windir%\Softwaredistribution


    3. Reboot. Takes a while to resort everything
    Last edited by Mustang; 18 Mar 2013 at 09:58 AM.


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    Hi Mustang,

    Thanks for sharing that tidbit!
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    You're welcome norepli. I had tried everything to no avail, and until I found the M$ support article I was quite worried, especially when Trouble shooter/repair says it's fixed and it's not. Where do you go from there?

    Cheers M
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mustang View Post
    Windows updater starts searching then freezes, with error: 4024800A.

    Running Trouble Shooter shows it as fixed but it continues to recur.

    Microsoft support engineer gives the following solution: Click here --> MSsupport It's the third post down.

    Or to save time:

    1. Open Start Menu --> Windows System --> Right click: Command Prompt and open as administrator.

    2. Type or copy/paste each of the following commands; and press Enter after each one:

    • net stop bits
    • net stop wuauserv
    • rd /s /q %windir%\Softwaredistribution


    3. Reboot. Takes a while to resort everything
    Theres no need to restart the computer.

    After you remove the directory "rd /s /q %windir%\Softwaredistribution" all you need to do is:
    • Net start wuauserv


    However I would reccomend not using the following command set:

    • net stop wuauserv
    • ren %windir%\Softwaredistribution SoftwareDistribution.old
    • net start wuauserv
    • Check for updates
    • If updates are successful then: "rd /s /q %windir%\Softwaredistribution.old"


    Your tip was very useful but during normal business hours restarting a production server is not an option.

    Thanks!
    Last edited by k4rizma; 18 Mar 2013 at 12:38 PM.
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    It is normal that windows 8 always update everytime a shotdwon my computer?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Speedcomputer View Post
    It is normal that windows 8 always update everytime a shotdwon my computer?
    Thats a little off topic for this thread but if you do not run your updates regularly the answer is, YES thats normal.
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