How to easily fix Windows Update error 8024A006 in Windows 8, 7 or Vista

Last updated on November 4th, 2013

Windows Update error 8024A006 probably occurs when the Windows temporary update folder (SoftwareDistribution folder) is corrupted. To easily fix this error, follow the below steps in this tutorial. 


Error code description:

{ Update failed

Error(s) found:

Code 8024A006 Windows Update ran into a problem }

Error 8024A006

How to fix Windows (8, 7 or Vista) update error code 8024A006


Remove (delete) Windows update installation files:

Step 1: Stop Windows Update service.

To do this:

a. Simultaneously press Windows key + R  to open run command box.

b. Inside run command box, type: services.msc and press Enter.


c. Search for Windows Update service, then right click on it and select Stop.


d. Without closing the services window, proceed to the next step.

Step 2: Rename Windows update folder.

To do this:

a. Open "My Computer" and navigate to "C:\Windows" folder.

b. Find and right click on "SoftwareDistribution" folder and choose rename.


c: Rename the "SoftwareDistribution" folder to "SoftwareDistributionOLD" and press Enter.


d. Ask "YES" to UAC warning and continue to next step.



Step 3: Start Windows Update service.

a. Go to Windows services and "Start" the Windows Update service.


b. Try to update Windows again.

Hope this helps!

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