0x80246007 Error while Installing Updates in Windows 10

Microsoft’s preinstalled tool Windows Update keeps your laptop up-to-date with latest security patches and application, Windows component updates. At times, it triggers an error during updates download and installation process.

Set BITS Service to Run Automatically

You cannot install updates without BITS service enabled. Make sure it is running in background, if not, you’ll have to configure it to run automatically.

1. Press Windows Key + R.

2. Type Services.msc and hit ENTER.


3. Scroll down the new window that opens.

4. Right click Background Intelligent Transfer Service (BITS), choose Properties.


5. Click the General tab.

6. Set the Startup Type to Automatic (Delayed Start).

7. Click Start, and then Apply | OK.

Configure Registry Settings

Make sure there is a string called FilesNotToBackup in the system Registry. You might want to re-create the missing key as shown below:

1. Press Windows Key + R.

2. Type RegEdit, click OK.

3. Open following path:

  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\BackupRestore\

4. Right click BackupRestore from left panel, select New | Key.


5. Specify FilesNotToBackup as the new key name.

6. Exit Registry Editor and reboot.

Clear Downloaded SoftwareDistribution Files

Windows Update downloads new files into a folder specified below. It might not function properly when the downloaded folder contents are corrupted. Delete the folder contents so that it’ll download fresh files again.

1. Click File Explorer icon on Taskbar.

2. Open following folder:

  • C:\Windows\SoftwareDistribution\Download\

3. Select all, delete folder contents.


Enable Firewall Protection

Windows Firewall protects your laptop from unauthorized access. Windows Update may fail with 0x80246007 error when the Firewall is disabled.

1. Type Firewall in the Search Box on Taskbar.

2. Open Check Firewall status from the Search Results.

3. Click Turn Windows Firewall On or Off link on the left hand side of your screen.

4. Select the options labelled Turn on Windows Firewall in both Private Network Settings and Public Network Settings categories.

5. Click OK.

Diagnose Windows Update

Windows Troubleshooting has the ability to fix commonly reported issues. Check whether the problem is repairable using the diagnostic utility.

1. Type Troubleshooting in the Search Box on Taskbar.

2. Open it from the Search Results.

3. Click System and Security, and then Fix problems with Windows Update.


4. Click Next, follow the on-screen instructions.

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