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Fix Windows Update Error 0x80092004

Getting Error 0x80092004 When Updating Windows 10? Our Troubleshooting Guide Will Help You Fix It

Error 0x80092004 is yet another Windows Update error that prevents users from updating Windows 10. The good news is that it’s an easy error to fix. We have compiled a list of the best methods for fixing this error code which you will find below.

Fix Update Error 0x80092004

What is Error 0x80092004?

Error 0x80092004 forces the Windows Update process to fail while searching for new updates or installing updates.

Previously, many Windows 7 and Server 2008 R2 users got error 0x80092004 if they tried installing KB4474419, KB4512506, or KB4512486 updates. This error also frequently occurred when installing update KB4340557 or KB4340558 on Windows 8.1, Windows Server 2012 R2, and Windows Server 2012. These days, some users experience this error when updating their Windows 10 machines.

Most recently, Windows 10 users used to get error 0x80092004 when installing updates KB4088776, KB4093112. Usually, this error occurs when the update installation reaches 100%. Then the installation fails, resulting in error 0x80092004.

What Causes Error 0x80092004 to Occur?

Error 0x80092004 stands for CRYPT_E_NOT_FOUND: Cannot find object or property, which means that Windows Update could not find any cryptographic value and rejected the update.

There are two main reasons why you may get error 0x80092004. The most common cause for this error is corrupted update or system files. If important update or system files have become corrupt or are outright missing, the update process will fail and result in error 0x80092004.

The second reason you may get error code 0x80092004 is if there’s something wrong with the update itself. Sometimes, Microsoft releases buggy updates that haven’t been appropriately tested, and Windows 10 won’t accept them, cause the update process to fail and roll back the installation.

The third reason for error 0x80092004 could be a corrupted SoftwareDistribution that temporarily stores files needed to install new updates. The Windows Update Agent maintains this folder. However, clearing this folder may fix error code 0x80092004.

How to Fix Error 0x80092004

Most of the time, you can fix Error 0x80092004 by running the Windows Update Troubleshooter. However, in rarer cases, you may have to resort to using unconventional methods to fix it. We have compiled a list of the most effective solutions for fixing error 0x80092004 below, which include clearing the SoftwareDistribution folder, installing the update that fails to install via Windows Update manually from the Windows Update catalog.

Video Guide on How to Fix Windows Update Error 0x80092004

Table of Contents:

Solution 1. Run the Windows Update Troubleshooter

Right-click the Windows Start Menu button and click Settings

1. Right-click the Windows Start button and click Settings.

Go to Update & Security

2. In the Settings menu, select Update & Security.

Select Troubleshoot

3. In the left pane, click Troubleshoot.

Click Additional troubleshooters

4. Click Additional troubleshooters.

Select Windows Update and click Run the troubleshooter

3. Select Windows Update and click Run the troubleshooter.

4. If the troubleshooter detects an issue, it will select and apply a fix automatically.

5. Try updating Windows.

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Solution 2. Clear the Windows Update Cache Folder

1. Hold down Windows+R keys to open Run.

Type in CMD and hold down Ctrl+Shift+Enter keys to open Command Prompt in elevated mode

2. In the Run text box, type in CMD and hold down Ctrl+Shift+Enter keys to open the elevated Command Prompt.

Clean the Windows Update cache folder in CMD

3. In the Command Prompt window, type in net stop wuauserv and hit Enter to stop the Windows Update service.

4. Then, type in rd /s /q %systemroot%\SoftwareDistribution and hit Enter to clear the SoftwareDistribution folder.

5. Lastly, type in net start wuauserv and hit Enter to restart the Windows Update service.

6. Close the Command Prompt and try updating Windows.

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Solution 3. Download Servicing Stack Update

Go to Microsoft Update Catalog website

1. Go to the Microsoft Update Catalog webpage.

Type in the KB code in the search box and click Search

2. In the search box at the top right of the window, type in the servicing stack KB (Knowledge Base) code (e.g., KB5005260 for 2004 and 20H2) and click Search.

Download the Servicing Stack Update

3. Then, select the version for your operating system and CPU architecture, and click Download.

Click the servicing stack update link to download it

4. A new window will open. Click the update link, and the update will begin downloading.

5. Once the update has been downloaded, run its installer.

Click Yes to install the servicing stack update

6. The installer will scan your PC for updates and then ask whether you want to install the update. Click Yes.

Click Close

7. Click Close once the servicing stack update is installed.

8. Then try updating Windows.

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Solution 4. Install Updates Manually

Go to the Microsoft Update Catalog website

1. Go to the Microsoft Update Catalog webpage.

Type in the update KB code in the search box and click Search

2. In the search box at the top right of the window, type in the KB (Knowledge Base) code (e.g., KB5004237) and click Search.

Download the update

3. Then, select the version for your operating system and CPU architecture, and click Download.

Click the update link to start downloading it

4. A new window will open. Click the update link, and the update will begin downloading.

5. Once the update has been downloaded, run its installer.

Click yes to install the update

6. The installer will scan your PC for updates and then ask whether you want to install the update. Click Yes.

7. The Standalone installer will begin installing the update.

Click Restart now once the update has been installed

8. Once the update is installed, click Restart now.

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Solution 5. Run the Deployment Image & Servicing Management (DISM) Scan

1. Hold down Windows+R keys to open Run.

Type in CMD and hold down Ctrl+Shift+Enter keys to open Command Prompt in elevated mode

2. In the Run text box, type in CMD and hold down Ctrl+Shift+Enter keys to open the elevated Command Prompt.

Run DISM ScanHealth and RestoreHealth commands

3. In the Command Prompt window, type in DISM /Online /Cleanup-Image /ScanHealth and hit the Enter key. This parameter will scan the component store for corruption.

4. Type in DISM /Online /Cleanup-Image /RestoreHealth and hit the Enter key.

5. Once the process has been completed, try updating Windows.

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Solution 6. Run the System File Checker (SFC) Scan

1. Hold down Windows+R keys to open Run.

Type in CMD and hold down Ctrl+Shift+Enter keys to open Command Prompt in elevated mode

2. In the Run text box, type in CMD and hold down Ctrl+Shift+Enter keys to open the elevated Command Prompt.

Run SFC /ScanNow command in the Command Prompt

3. In the Command Prompt window, type in SFC /ScanNow and hit the Enter key.

4. Wait for the scan to complete.

5. Once the scan has been completed, restart your PC.

6. After the restart, try updating Windows.

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