In this post, I will show you how to fix the Windows Update error 0x80244022 that appears when you attempt to download the latest Windows updates online. I will demonstrate multiple ways to resolve the Windows update download error 0x80244022.
On my Windows 11 PC, I encountered error 0x80244022 while downloading the latest updates. The update download was stuck in downloading state for a long time and after a few minutes it resulted in error 0x80244022.
Error 0x80244022 is a common error that most of us encounter during the installation of updates on Windows 11/10. There are numerous things that could prevent Windows Updates from downloading, but the error code is crucial to figuring out what’s wrong. Not to worry, I’ll outline some crucial steps you can take to resolve error 0x80244022.
On Windows 10, some users may see the error message stating “There were some problems installing updates, but we’ll try again later. If you keep seeing this and want to search the web or contact support for information, this may help: (0x80244022).”
Resolving Windows Update Error 0x80244022
The Windows update error 0x80244022 translates to service is temporarily overloaded. The error 0x80244022 occurs when the Windows update service encounters problems in connecting to the Microsoft Update website, downloading, and installing updates, among other things.
Because it is unclear why this issue occurs, it is recommended that a diagnostic scan of the system be performed to identify the source of the problem. The screenshot below shows the Windows update error 0x80244022 occurring on Windows 11 PC while installing the update KB5056372.
Now that you know why the error 0x80244022 occurs on Windows PC while downloading and installing the updates, let’s go through some solutions that can help you resolve this issue.
Solution 1: Run Windows Update Troubleshooter
When you face update download difficulties, another typical troubleshooting option is to run the built-in Windows update troubleshooter. This utility will run on your computer and notify you of any problems with Windows update components.
You can run the Windows update troubleshooter on your Windows 11 computer with the following steps. Right-click the taskbar’s Start icon to select Settings. Scroll down the System tab to select Troubleshoot. Click Other troubleshooters to view the troubleshooters. Then select the Run option for Windows Update.
The Windows Update troubleshooter launches, and this tool scans for issues related to Windows updates. The Windows update troubleshooter can identify the errors such as 0x80244022 and resolve it. The Windows update troubleshooting report shows the list of issues found on the PC. Normally, a restart is recommended after running the Windows update troubleshooter.
Solution 2: Run SFC Scan
The SFC (System File Checker) scan locates the corrupted files and fixes them after scanning. If you are encountering Windows update error 0x80244022, use the System File Checker to scan Windows and restore your files. Moreover, running this can also assist in fixing the mentioned update error. Use the following to launch the SFC Scan on your computer.
- Click Start and type “Command Prompt” and select Run as administrator.
- Enter the command sfc /scannow.
- The sfc /scannow command will scan all protected system files, and replace corrupted files with a cached copy that is located in a compressed folder at %WinDir%\System32\dllcache.
After the sfc scan now is complete, restart your computer and the error 0x80244022 should now be fixed.
Solution 3: Manually cleanup the SoftwareDistribution folder
If Windows Update isn’t working, and you are experiencing error 0x80244022, it could be caused by a problem with the SoftwareDistribution folder, and I will show you how to clean up the SoftwareDistribution folder on Windows PC.
The Software Distribution folder contains several files related to Windows Updates. Whenever the components or files get corrupt, you may encounter errors while downloading new updates. Deleting certain folders in the SoftwareDistribution folder will resolve these issues.
Perform the following steps to clear the SoftwareDistribution folder on Windows PC:
- Launch the File Explorer by pressing Windows+E keys on your keyboard.
- Press Ctrl+L at the same time to access the Address Bar, and type in %systemroot%\SoftwareDistribution, then press enter key. This will open the SoftwareDistribution folder.
- Inside it, locate the DataStore and Download folders and delete the contents of both folders.
- Reboot your computer and the updates should work properly.
Solution 4: Restart your Computer
The reason you encounter error 0x80244022 is due to Windows Update service being temporarily overloaded. So, it can be a temporary error that may not appear if you restart your computer. One of the ways to resolve error 0x80244022 is to restart your computer and run Windows Update check.
In the screenshot below, you can see that the Windows Update error 0x80244022 was resolved after restarting my PC. I was able to download the Windows updates without any errors. The KB5026372 update was downloaded and installed without any issues.