Problem installing update to Build 14342 - Error 0x80240fff

I'd read about the release of Build 14342 to the Fast Ring, so I checked my update status to see if it had been downloaded to my desktop computer where I found the following:

"Update Status

There were problems installing some updates, but we'll try again later. If you keep seeing this and want to search the web or contact support for information, this may help:

Windows 10 Insider Preview 14342 - Error 0x80240fff"

Selecting "Retry" results in the display of the same message.

Other than the following events posted to the Event Log, I find no other clues as to what the problems might be.

1. Error 5/11/2016 8:19:00 AM WindowsUpdateClient 20 Windows Update Agent

2. A plethora of "Event 10016, DistributedCOM" entries not granting Local Activation permission for COM server application with numerous CLSID identification codes and APPID identification codes, all of which seem to be relative to the installation of Windows Store Apps. These problems have presented with each and every installation of every build of WIndows 10 Technical/Insider Preview. The fix has always been to edit the registry for each and every such entry, which is an extremely tedious and time consuming process which I, quite frankly, don't want to perform again. I've provided feedback time, and time again, since the beginning, yet the problems continue. 

I just performed a clean install of Build 14332, using it's ISO file, the day before yesterday.

A comprehensive listing of my computer system information created by the Speccy utility is set forth below after my signature.

And, for what it's worth, this and the DistributedCOM errors are my only remaining issues of concern with regard to my use of Windows 10. :)

I'd appreciate authoritative instructions and/or suggestions as to how to resolve the problems relative to the installation of Build 14342, with which would lead to it's successful installation to my desktop computer.

Thank you.

Lindsey

Speccy Summary:

Operating System
Windows 10 Pro Insider Preview 64-bit
CPU
Intel Core i7 3770K @ 3.50GHz 44 °C
Ivy Bridge 22nm Technology
RAM
16.0GB Dual-Channel DDR3 @ 802MHz (10-10-10-27)
Motherboard
ASUSTeK COMPUTER INC. P8Z77-V LE (LGA1155) 28 °C
Graphics
PA248 (1920x1200@59Hz)
2047MB NVIDIA GeForce GTX 760 (EVGA) 31 °C
Storage
931GB Western Digital WDC WD10EZEX-22BN5A0 (SATA) 30 °C
2794GB Seagate ST3000DM001-1ER166 (SATA) 39 °C
2794GB Hitachi HGST HDN724030ALE640 (SATA) 52 °C
2794GB Hitachi HUA723030ALA640 (SATA) 54 °C
111GB KINGSTON SV300S37A120G (SSD) 30 °C
931GB Western Digital WDC WD1001FALS-00J7B0 (SATA) 38 °C
2794GB Jmicron Corp. USB Device (USB (SATA)) 30 °C
Optical Drives
HL-DT-ST BD-RE WH14NS40
Audio
Realtek High Definition Audio
Operating System
Windows 10 Pro Insider Preview 64-bit
Computer type: Desktop
Installation Date: 5/9/2016 12:34:32 PM
Serial Number: {REMOVED}
Windows Security Center
User Account Control (UAC) Enabled
Notify level 2 - Default
Firewall Enabled
Windows Update
AutoUpdate Not configured
Windows Defender
Windows Defender Enabled
Antivirus
Antivirus Enabled
Display Name Windows Defender
Virus Signature Database Up to date
.NET Frameworks installed
v4.6 Full
v4.6 Client
Internet Explorer
Version 11.1001.14332.0
PowerShell
Version 5.1.14332.1001

The rest of the content was deemed irrelevant, and was removed.

--Update - May 27, 2016--

The installation of Build 14352, as an update to my clean installation of Build 14342 from an ISO file, was performed automatically without incident. So this problem appears to have been unique to the installation of Build 14342 as an update to Build 14332. That being the case, I'm happy, and consider this problem resolved with the release of Build 14352.

Build 14352 has introduced some new problems, in that some of the functionalities of my Realtek HD Audo chipset and drivers, and my Plantronics Game Con 780 USB headset no longer work. But those are matters for another problem report elsewhere in these forums.

Thank you to everyone who responded. And I sincerely wish those for whom this problem might continue, good luck.

 

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Suggest you remove anything that is plugged into a USB except Keyboard/Mouse I see you have many extra HD you may want to try just using the one that has the operating system on it, as this is Beta software and it has had troubles with multiple HD's on early builds .
If it ain't broke don't fix it

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I'd already tried that before posting. I had only my system SSD drive, display monitor, keyboard, and mouse connected to my computer while I tried to work things out on my own.  When I realized it wasn't making a difference, I reconnected my hard drives, and peripheral devices so I could get on with my work day. I composed and posted my request for assistance afterward.

Thanks for taking the time to offer your suggestions.

ASUS P8Z77-V; Intel i7-3770; 16GB; EVGA GTX1050 Ti

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Try running the system file check from an elevated command prompt.  SFC /scannow.

It may say it finds errors that it can not automatically correct, however, after it is complete , try updating again.

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Thank you for your suggestion. But, that didn't resolve the problem.

I finally resorted to decrypting the install.esd to a USB stick, which I used to successfully install the upgrade with no reported, or apparent problems.

Unfortunately, I still haven't a clue as to the source of what was causing the problem.

ASUS P8Z77-V; Intel i7-3770; 16GB; EVGA GTX1050 Ti

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I have been having the same problem with this build. It showed up last night  around 7:30 or so and loaded twice. Very quickly by my normal download/time standard. ( 1 to 2 hours or so. Each time it got to the 'prep' step it bombed. I searched for the esd and other install files and 'nothing' was there. Not even the software distribution directory had them. I started it again several hours ago(3). It's only at 19 percent and proceeding very slowly. Checking the upload/download stats on my Verizon DSL connection shows what  3meg is supposed to be (2.8x  after their 'optimization').  I tried resetting windows update as well as disk cleanup's system stuff. Also there's 18gig free on the target drive so that's not it either???? Any Ideas or workarounds? 

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Windows 10 Insider Preview 14342 will not even bother to post an error for me. The computer is still rebooting to 14332. What a mess. Almost wish I never went to Fast Insider now as I would have to completely reinstall from scratch to get this demon out now.

Thanks for the UPDATE....

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I received an email from Microsoft Community a few minutes ago asking:

"Remember that question you asked on Microsoft Community a few days ago?

Title: Problem installing update to Build 14342 - Error 0x80240fff

We noticed that the question hasn't been marked as Answered yet and we were wondering if you resolved the issue.

  • No, my question is not answered. Reply to provide an update or ask for more help.
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My response is: No, my question is not answered. And I doubt that it will ever be answered.

All and all, Build 14342 introduced this, and several other problems, for which I've provided feedback. 

I'm left the hope that this, and the other issues will be resolved with the next build.



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Error 0x80240fff

https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/938205

0x80240FFF WU_E_UNEXPECTED An operation failed due to reasons not covered by another error code

This is the first time that I have seen anyone with a real one of those.   ; )

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Did u turn off your firewall? This could be a reason

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In regards to the Event 10016, DistributedCOM errors, they also appear in the public Windows 10 and have also appeared in Windows 8.1, mainly on my notebooks.

Have also posted and fixed them in the registry, but as you said, this has to be repeated in every build. A real pain

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