Cmd /c ren %systemroot%\System32\Spupdsvc.exe Spupdsvc.old

Windows Update error 80246008
 
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Windows Update error 80246008
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Get the System Update Readiness Tool (save it) and right-click on it and "Run as Administrator". Choose the right one for you:


Let it run/fix things.

Reboot.

Try updating.


If it is still failing, attempt this next:

Reset your Windows Update Components with this FixIt:
How do I reset Windows Update components?

Reboot.

Try updating.


If it still fails, try this...

  1. Start an elevated command prompt.
  2. Run the following commands hitting enter after each line:

    net stop wuauserv

    cd %systemroot%

    ren SoftwareDistribution SoftwareDistribution.old

    net start wuauserv

  3. Reboot
  4. Try updating.

**Important** The following issues occur when you do this:

  • Updates that are currently downloaded but that have not yet been installed have to be downloaded again by using Windows Update or Microsoft Update.
  • When you delete the Software Distribution folder, your download history is removed.
  • If you currently receive updates from Microsoft Update and from Windows Update, you will have to re-select this option from the Windows Update Web site.


**Note**
If the issue is resolved and you can successfully download and install updates, you can safely delete the SoftwareDistribution.old directory to recover disk space.


STILL failing? We have something else to try...

Use this FixIt:
How to obtain the latest version of the Windows Update Agent

Reboot.

Register the WU components:

  1. Start an elevated command prompt.
  2. Run the following commands hitting enter after each line:

    regsvr32 Jscript.dll
    regsvr32 wuapi.dll
    regsvr32 wuaueng.dll


Reboot.


Try updating.


If it still fails after that - repeat this part ONCE more...

Reset your Windows Update Components with this FixIt:
How do I reset Windows Update components?

Reboot.

Try updating.

Come back and let everyone know how you faired.


.-
Shenan Stanley
MVP 2005-2011 & 2013-2015
Insider MVP 2016-
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