How to Fix Windows Update Error 0x80246010 on Windows 10?

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Issue: How to Fix Windows Update Error 0x80246010 on Windows 10?

Hello. I can’t update my PC. Currently I’m trying to install cumulative update KB4038782, but it fails with an error code 0x80246010. The update gets almost done, but then the error shows up saying that the changes have to be undone. Can’t find any relevant information about it, so I would highly appreciate your help!

Solved Answer

The Error Code 0x80246010 is a Windows Update[1] error, which prevents people from installing Windows updates for both system and apps. Many people reported the problem when installing Cumulative Update KB4038782 for Windows 10 OS, but we’ve detected quite a lot of threads escalating on this problem and indicating different cumulative updates.

Microsoft’s technicians are aware of the problem, but they are not very active in responding to people’s complaints. One of the solutions offered by them is to install the needed update manually from Windows Update Catalog. However, those who tried this method encountered another error – 0x80073712.

The error 0x80246010 may be triggered by missing/corrupt DLL files, corrupted registry keys, incomplete updates, malware[2] and similar problems. In case the problem happens due to corrupted system’s files, we would strongly recommend running a scan with a powerful optimization utility,[3] say Reimage. If the scan did not reveal integrity violations, check your Internet connection. Quite frequently the problem behind the 0x80246010 error is an unreliable Internet connection. Try to restart your router or reconnect the LAN cable. If there are no problems with the Internet connection, try the following fixes.Fixing 0x80246010 error on Windows 10

Method 1. Restart Windows Update service

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  1. Press Windows key + R to open Run dialog.
  2. Type services.msc and press Enter.
  3. Scroll down until you find Windows Update service.
  4. Right-click on it and select Start.Start Windows Update service

Method 2. Repair the Registry keys

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Try to fix 0x80246010 error with an automatic repair tool, which will fix all corrupted registry entries and system files.

  1. Press Windows key and type Advanced Startup Options.
  2. Select the Change Advanced Startup Options and open Recovery tab.perform automatic system repair
  3. Click on the Restart now button under Advanced Startup section. 
  4. This will reboot your PC in advanced startup mode.
  5. Select the Troubleshoot button and click on Advanced Options.
  6. Now click Automatic Repair.
  7. When the system restarts, select administrative account. Once the repair process is finished, check if the needed update can successfully be installed.

Method 3. Rename Software Distribution Folder

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  1. Press Windows key + R to open Run.
  2. Type services.msc and press Enter.
  3. Scroll down until you find Windows Update service.
  4. Right-click on Windows Update service and select Stop.Stop Windows Update service
  5. Now navigate to the Local Drive (C:) -> Windows.
  6. Locate the SoftwareDistribution folder on it.
  7. Right-click on SoftwareDistribution folder and select Rename.
  8. Rename it to SoftwareDistributionOld.Rename SoftwareDistribution folder
  9. Now perform the 1-4 steps above, but instead Stop select Start.
  10. Finally, reboot your PC and check if the problem was resolved.

If none of the methods provided on this post helped to fix 0x80246010 error, you can find a couple of applicable methods on the 6 Tips to Fix Most of the Windows Update Problems article.

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Lucia Danes
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Lucia Danes is the news editor at UGetFix. She is always on the move because the eager for knowledge makes her travel around the globe and attend InfoSec events and conferences.

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