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.

Users complain about different issues caused by this Update and associated with the particular Error 0x802460010.[2] Microsoft’s technicians are aware of the problem, but they are not very active in responding to people’s comments. 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.

A plausible cause for this 0x80246010 error can be the issue with Microsofts's servers and the overload. Also, various third-party software may disturb the Windows Update Download Manager. It can be caused by antivirus program. VPN tool or other software. Although these issues should be fixed when the user updates the OS to the newest version, other methods can be used. 

Fixing 0x80246010 error on Windows 10The error 0x80246010 may be triggered by missing/corrupt DLL files, corrupted registry keys, incomplete updates, malware[3] and similar problems. The particular error with a pattern of 0x80246*** can be called Download Manager Error and it means that the main issue causing these problems relates to the Microsoft update servers.

Ways to fix issues related to error 0x80246010

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In case the problem happens due to corrupted system’s files, we would strongly recommend running a scan with a powerful optimization utility,[4] 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.

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.
    Start Windows Update service
  3. Scroll down until you find Windows Update service.
  4. Right-click on it and select Start.

Method 2. Repair the Registry keys

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  1. Press Windows key and type Advanced Startup Options.
  2. Select the Change Advanced Startup Options and open Recovery tab
  3. Click on the Restart now button under Advanced Startup section. 
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  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.
    Stop Windows Update service
  4. Right-click on Windows Update service and select Stop.
  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.
    Rename SoftwareDistribution folder
  8. Rename it to SoftwareDistributionOld.
  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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A VPN is also crucial when it comes to user privacy. Online trackers such as cookies can not only be used by social media platforms and other websites but also your Internet Service Provider and the government. Even if you apply the most secure settings via your web browser, you can still be tracked via apps that you are connected to the internet. Besides, privacy-focused browsers like Tor is are not an optimal choice due to diminished connection speed.

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Recover your lost files quickly

Unforeseen circumstances can happen at any time while using the computer: it can turn off due to a power cut, a Blue Screen of Death (BSoD) can occur, or random Windows updates can decide to reboot the machine when you went away for a few minutes. As a result, your schoolwork, important documents, and other data might be lost.

Additionally, you might also be attacked by malware that can corrupt your Windows or encrypt files with a robust encryption algorithm, and ask for a ransom in Bitcoin for the decryption tool. Cybercriminals might not deliver what they promised, however, so it is better to attempt alternative file recovery methods that could help you to retrieve at least some portion of the lost data.

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About the author

Lucia Danes
Lucia Danes - Security researcher

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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