How to fix Windows Update error 0x80240034?

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Issue: How to fix Windows Update error 0x80240034?

I cannot install cumulative update KB4048955 for Windows 10 V1709. The update gets installed, but the changes are undone when restarting the system. Windows Update shows error code 0x80240034. How can I fix this issue?

Solved Answer

0x80240034 is a Windows Update error, which harassed Windows 10 Insider[1] Preview Build 16226 users a half of the years ago. While it seemed that Microsoft has already fixed it, the truth is that many people are still encountering it, except that it’s not limited to Windows 10 Insiders.

Many people reported the 0x80240034 error when trying to install Cumulative Update KB4048955, but that’s not an exceptional update. Actually, the update gets installed successfully using automatic Windows Update service, but then the final points of the installation process during systems restart fail and all changes are rolled back.

In general, Windows Update problems are very common and they may happen both at Microsoft’s and OS end. Although rarely, Microsoft releases corrupted updates or some update components get damaged during the installation. In this case you should either wait for the patch to be released or install the update manually from the official Microsoft Update Catalog.

Nevertheless, inner system’s problems are the most common triggers of the Windows Update problems. Windows Update components, third-party antivirus,[2] incorrect configurations, missing .NET Framework 3.5, etc. are just a few examples of the 0x80240034 error causes.Fix 0x80240034 error

One of the options you have to fix 0x80240034 error is to install a professional PC’s optimization utility and run a scan with it. We would strongly recommend using Reimage as it will check the system for corrupted/damaged/missing files and remove malware[3] at the same time. If automatic solution don’t work, please try these methods:

Run Windows Update Troubleshooter

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  • Press Windows key + I and open Update & Security section.
  • Select Troubleshoot and find Windows Update.
  • Click Windows Update and select Run troubleshooter.Run Windows Update troubleshooter

The scan normally takes up to 10 minutes. It should report all detected issues and their status – whether troubleshooter managed to fix them or not. Once done, check if the Windows Update error 0x80240034 has been fixed. 

Change Windows Update service type

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  • Right-click on Windows key and select Command Prompt (Admin).
  • Type the following commands in Command Prompt window. To execute them, press Enter after each one. 
    SC config wuauserv start= auto
    SC config bits start= auto
    SC config cryptsvc start= auto
    SC config trustedinstaller start= auto
  • Finally, restart your PC.Modify update service status

Re-enable Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5

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If you cannot install Windows 10 updates due to the 0x80240034 error and the previous methods did not help, we would strongly recommend you to install or reinstall the .NET Framework 3.5.

Windows 10 contains this framework by default, so it cannot be removed or modified in any way. However, this file can be easily damaged by malware or during some major system's changes. To fix the framework, please try installing all possible Windows 10 updates. If all of them are blocked by 0x80240034 error, try to reinstall,re-enable the .NET framework manually:

  1. Open Control Panel and click on Programs and Features 
  2. Click Turn Windows features on or off link on the left pane. 
  3. Make sure to mark the .NET Framework 3.5 option. If it has already been marked, unmark it and save the changes. 
  4. Then reopen Turn Windows features on or off window and mark .NET Framework 3.5  option. re-enable NET Framework 3.5

Reset Windows Update Components

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  • Right-click Windows key and select Command Prompt (Admin).
  • If a UAC shows up, click OK to proceed.
  • By typing the following commands you will stop BITS, Windows Update, Cryptographic, MSI Installer services. Don't forget to press Enter after each of them:
    net stop bits
    net stop wuauserv
    net stop appidsvcReset Windows Update components
  • Then type Del “%ALLUSERSPROFILE%\\Application Data\\Microsoft\\Network\\Downloader\\qmgr*.dat” command to delete qmgr*.dat files.
  • Once done, copy and paste cd /d %windir%\\system32 command and press Enter to execute the command.
  • To re-register BITS and Windows Update files, you will have to type all the commands (followed by Enter) provided below:
    regsvr32.exe atl.dll
    regsvr32.exe urlmon.dll
    regsvr32.exe mshtml.dll
    regsvr32.exe shdocvw.dll
    regsvr32.exe browseui.dll
    regsvr32.exe jscript.dll
    regsvr32.exe vbscript.dll
    regsvr32.exe scrrun.dll
    regsvr32.exe msxml.dll
    regsvr32.exe msxml3.dll
    regsvr32.exe msxml6.dll
    regsvr32.exe actxprxy.dll
    regsvr32.exe softpub.dll
    regsvr32.exe wintrust.dll
    regsvr32.exe dssenh.dll
    regsvr32.exe rsaenh.dll
    regsvr32.exe gpkcsp.dll
    regsvr32.exe sccbase.dll
    regsvr32.exe slbcsp.dll
    regsvr32.exe cryptdlg.dll
    regsvr32.exe oleaut32.dll
    regsvr32.exe ole32.dll
    regsvr32.exe shell32.dll
    regsvr32.exe initpki.dll
    regsvr32.exe wuapi.dll
    regsvr32.exe wuaueng.dll
    regsvr32.exe wuaueng1.dll
    regsvr32.exe wucltui.dll
    regsvr32.exe wups.dll
    regsvr32.exe wups2.dll
    regsvr32.exe wuweb.dll
    regsvr32.exe qmgr.dll
    regsvr32.exe qmgrprxy.dll
    regsvr32.exe wucltux.dll
    regsvr32.exe muweb.dll
    regsvr32.exe wuwebv.dll
  • To reset Winsock, type netsh winsock reset and netsh winhttp reset proxy commands. Press Enter after each of them as usually.
  • Finally, restart BITS, Windows Update, Cryptographic, MSI Installer services by entering the following commands each followed by Enter:
    net start bits
    net start wuauserv
    net start appidsvc
    net start cryptsvc
  • Restart your PC. 

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