Windows Update error 0x80244022

How to fix Windows Update error code 0x80244022

Windows Update is an important service provided by Microsoft for Microsoft Windows users. Its main purpose is to deliver software updates for the Windows Operating System and associated components, including Windows Defender and other products. There are various categories of updates, such as critical, security, quality, service packs, and definition updates. Patch Tuesday is the second Tuesday of each month, a day when Microsoft routinely releases updates, however, if there are problems that require urgent fixes, Microsoft will provide the update whenever required.

The Windows Update service is designed to fix problems, but often fails and delivers various errors. In this example, we look at Windows Update error code 0x80244022. The reason behind this error is unknown but is probably due to an issue on the Microsoft server side. There are, however, some steps that can be taken to fix the problem if it is caused by a malfunction or corruption in Windows. You might need to run the Windows Update troubleshooter, delete SoftwareDistribution folder contents, run System File Checker and DISM, edit Windows Registry, or disable the proxy server. Follow the guide below for a number of possible solutions.

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Run Windows Update troubleshooter

First, we recommend that you run Windows Update troubleshooter, a good problem solver. There are various built-in troubleshooters in Windows designed to quickly diagnose and automatically resolve various computer problems. Troubleshooters cannot fix all problems, but they are a good place to start if you encounter a problem with your computer, operating system, or connected devices. In this guide, we show how to run Windows Update troubleshooter to resolve errors that prevent you from updating Windows. You can find the troubleshooter using Windows Search. Go to Settings and type "troubleshoot" in the Windows Settings search bar. Click the "Troubleshoot" result.

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Locate the Windows Update troubleshooter under "Troubleshoot" and select it. Click the "Run the troubleshooter" button. Windows will start resolving problems that prevent you from properly updating the Windows operating system. Check if the troubleshooter resolved Windows Update error code 0x80244022.

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Delete SoftwareDistribution folder contents

The Software Distribution folder is a temporary folder in which Windows stores update files until they are completely downloaded. Then, Windows starts the update process. In this case, removing SoftwareDistribution folder contents and restarting the Windows Update service might resolve "Windows Update error code 0x80244022". Type "command prompt" in Search and right-click the "Command Prompt" result. Select the "Run as administrator" option from the contextual menu.

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In Command Prompt, type the "net stop wuauserv" command and press Enter. Do not close the Command Prompt window.

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Now go to the "C:\Windows\SoftwareDistribution" directory in Windows and select all contents. Then right-click them and select "Delete" from the contextual menu.

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Return to Command Prompt, type the "net start wuauserv" command, and press Enter. Restart the computer and check if you still receive Windows Update error code 0x80244022 when trying to update Windows.

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Check proxy settings

To check proxy settings, type "Internet Options" in Search and click on the result with the same name.

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In the Internet Properties window, click the "Connections" tab and then click "LAN settings".

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In the Local Area Network (LAN) Settings window, ensure that the "Use a proxy server for your LAN" checkbox under "Proxy server" is not ticked. Click "OK" to save these settings. Check if Windows Update error code 0x80244022 persists.

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Run DISM and system file checker

First, we show how to run the Deployment Image Servicing and Management (DISM) tool, which can be used to repair and prepare Windows images, including Windows Recovery Environment, Windows Setup, and Windows PE. To run a DISM scan, open Command Prompt as administrator by typing "command prompt" in Search and right-clicking the "Command Prompt" result. Then select the "Run as administrator" option from the contextual menu.

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In Command Prompt, type the "DISM /Online /Cleanup-Image /RestoreHealth" command and press Enter.

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When the DISM repair process is complete, run System File Checker. We recommend that you run both the DISM and SFC scans.

System File Checker is a Windows utility that allows users to scan for corruptions in Windows system files and restore corrupted entries. To run System File Checker, open Command Prompt as administrator (if you closed it after DISM) and type the "sfc /scannow" command. Press Enter to execute it and wait for the scan and repair process to complete. Then restart the computer and check if Windows Update error code 0x80244022 persists.

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If you are still unable to update Windows, there is probably an issue on the Microsoft server side and all you can do is simply wait until they fix it. If you know of other solutions to this problem, not mentioned in our guide, please share them with us by leaving a comment in the section below.

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