Error 0x80240fff while Obtaining Updates?


Windows Update error 0x80240fff occurs during the update download-install procedure. It is possible to repair this issue in the shortest possible time.


  • Some vital DLL files could be missing or corrupted.
  • DLL file entries in the Registry could be corrupted.
  • Your system could be infected by a virus.
  • Your system drivers could be out-of-date or incompatible driver versions are installed.

Update Your Drivers

Drivers are a group of files that allow communication between your computer’s hardware and operating system.

It is more likely that the outdated system or peripheral drivers may have caused this issue.

Manually Update Drivers

One way to update your drivers is to check the website of your manufacturer and go to the Drivers & Downloads section.

At this point, you’ll have to select your Operating System name, OS type (32/ 64 bit), device model and other configurations.

Follow the same procedure for each device installed on your computer.

Automatic Driver Update (Recommended)

Quite frankly, it may seem to make sense to update all drivers at once using a Driver Updater than manually searching them online.

And not to mention if you manually download a wrong driver version it can ruin the entire system or cause frightening data loss.

We’ll see below how to update your drivers with just a few clicks:

1.Click the button below to Free Download iObit Driver Booster.


Estimated download time: 5 Seconds

2. Double-click the Setup to run and install the product.


3. Please wait while the program is being installed.

Installation Status

4. After the installation finishes, the driver scan should take place automatically.

If it doesn‘t, click the Scan button.

Driver Scan

4. Looking ahead, you’ll have a comprehensive list of all outdated drivers on your screen.

Automatically Update Drivers

5. Click the Update Now button to update all outdated devices automatically.

Troubleshoot Windows Update

If you’re having problems with updating Windows, try running the troubleshooting utility. It scans and fixes the most widely faced issues.

  1. Press Windows Key + X.
  2. Select Control Panel.
  3. In the Search box, type Troubleshooter.
  4. Click Troubleshooting.
  5. Under System and Security, click Fix problems with Windows Updates.

Restart Background Intelligent Transfer Service (BITS)

BITS is a service that facilitates asynchronous and throttled transfer of files. It must be running smoothly for the Windows Update to function properly.

  1. Press Windows Key + R key.
  2. Type services.msc in the text box.
  3. Click OK or hit ENTER.
  4. Locate the Background Intelligent Transfer Service (BITS) from the list.
  5. Right-click on it, select Properties.
  6. On the General tab, set the Startup type to Automatic (Delayed Start).
  7. Click Apply.
  8. If the service is not running, click on Start.

Temporarily Defer Upgrade

The Defer Upgrade feature temporarily delays downloading of low priority patches and updates for several months. However, it does not impact downloading of important security updates.

  1. Click Start | Settings.
  2. Click on Update & Security.
  3. Click on the Windows Update tab.
  4. Click on Advanced Options.
  5. Scroll down the page, and check the option Defer upgrades.

Turn Off Firewall

Windows Firewall protects your computer from unauthorized access. However, it may sometime prevent communication to trusted incoming ports and as a result lead to error 0x80240fff.

  1. Press Windows Key + X.
  2. Select Control Panel.
  3. Click System and Security | Windows Firewall.
  4. Turn off the Firewall protection.

Delete the Updates that Stuck

Some updates might get stuck during the update download-installation process. Windows Update may, therefore, fail subsequently.

  1. Press Windows Key + X.
  2. Type Services.msc and hit ENTER.
  3. Right-click Windows Update, select Stop.
  4. Delete the following file:
    • C:\Windows\WindowsUpdate.log
  5. Open the following folder:
    • C:\Windows\SoftwareDistribution\DataStore
  6. Delete all the folder contents.
  7. Open the following folder:
    • C:\Windows\SoftwareDistribution\Download
  8. Delete all the folder contents.
  9. Restart the stopped service.

Reset your Internet Settings

Your Internet browsing settings might have been changed. Rollback your Internet settings to system defaults.

  1. Type inetcpl.cpl in the Search Box on your Taskbar.
  2. Open it from the Search Results.
  3. Click the Advanced tab.
  4. Click Reset.
  5. Check-up the box Delete personal settings.
  6. Click Reset.
  7. Close the open dialogs, if any.

Delete $WINDOWS.~BT Folder

Some people fixed the issue by deleting the $WINDOWS.~BT folder.

  1. Double click This PC icon on your Desktop.
  2. Click the View tab.
  3. Check-up Hidden items box.
  4. Open the C:\ drive.
  5. Delete the following folder:
    • $WINDOWS.~BT

Caution: Do NOT delete the “Windows” folder or any of it’s contents. It contains important system files and operating system components. Doing so, will make your operating system unstable, unbootable and result in severe data loss.