How to Fix Windows Update error 0x80246010 on Windows 10

You may notice that when you try to install the latest Windows updates on your computer, you may receive error code 0x80246010. If so, this article is meant to help. In this article, we will identify the possible causes and provide the appropriate solutions that you can try to resolve the issue.

You may experience the Windows update error 0x80246010 due to one or more (but not limited to) of the following known causes;

  • System file corruption.
  • Windows Update failed.
  • Essential Windows Update services are disabled.

Fix Windows Update Error 0x80246010

If you are facing this Windows update error 0x80246010, you can try our recommended solutions presented below in no particular order to resolve the issue.

Let’s take a look at the description of the process involved in each of the solutions listed.

1] Run the Windows Update troubleshooter

This solution requires you to run the built-in Windows Update troubleshooter and see if that helps in solving Windows Update error 0x80246010 problem.

2] Activate essential Windows Update services

Proceed as follows:

Press Windows key + R to invoke the Run dialog box.

In the Run dialog box, type cmd, and then press CTRL + SHIFT + ENTER to open the command prompt in administrator / elevated mode.

In the Command Prompt window, type the following command in this order and press Enter after each line to set the start type for each service to Automatic:

SC config trustedinstaller start=auto
SC config bits start=auto
SC config cryptsvc start=auto

After the command is executed and the services started, restart your computer and see if the problem is resolved on the next full boot. Otherwise, go to the next solution.

3] Clear the Windows Update cache

The software distribution folder in the Windows 10 operating system is a folder located in the Windows directory and is used to temporarily store files that may be needed to install Windows Update on your computer. This solution requires that you delete the contents of the Software Distribution folder and try the update process again.

4] Run SFC and DISM scan

If you are having system file errors, you may come across Windows error 0x80246010.

SFC / DISM is a Windows utility that allows users to scan for corruptions in Windows system files and restore corrupt files.

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For ease and convenience, you can run the scan using the following procedure.

  • Press Windows key + R to invoke the Run dialog box.
  • In the Run dialog box, type notepad and press Enter to open Notepad.
  • Copy and paste the following syntax into the text editor.
@echo off
date /t & time /t
echo Dism /Online /Cleanup-Image /StartComponentCleanup
Dism /Online /Cleanup-Image /StartComponentCleanup
echo ...
date /t & time /t
echo Dism /Online /Cleanup-Image /RestoreHealth
Dism /Online /Cleanup-Image /RestoreHealth
echo ...
date /t & time /t
echo SFC /scannow
SFC /scannow
date /t & time /t
pause
  • Save the file with a name and add the .bat file extension, for example; SFC_DISM_scan.bat.
  • Run the batch file with administrator privileges (right-click on the saved file and select Run as administrator from the context menu) repeatedly until it reports no errors.
  • Restart your PC.

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