Fix Windows Update error code 0x8024A005

Errors occur quite often when updating Windows. Windows throws up various errors often, and fixing them is pretty easy in most cases. Two such error codes are 0x8024A005. Although these two error codes mean two different things, the methods to fix the errors are the same.


0x8024A005 WU_E_AU_NO_REGISTERED_SERVICE: No unmanaged service is registered in automatic update.

Why does error 0x8024A005 occur?

This error code can occur when Windows Update components or services required by the Windows Update process are damaged. Error 0x8024A004 is another code that can appear alongside 0x8024A005.

Fix Windows Update error codes 0x8024a005

If the above troubleshooting methods did not help you, you can try the following fixes:

  1. Basic troubleshooting
  2. Run Windows Update Troubleshooting
  3. Check the status of all services related to Windows Update
  4. Unpause Windows Update
  5. Clear the Windows Update folder and try again

Check if the problem is solved after each suggestion and use an administrator account. Now let’s talk briefly about these methods one by one.

1]Basic troubleshooting

Let’s start with the basic troubleshooting methods that should solve your problem in most cases. These basic checks are:

First, make sure you have an active internet connection. This way, Windows will have no problem connecting to the update server and downloading Windows updates. To test your internet connection, start your web browser and visit several websites. You may need to troubleshoot your network or contact your ISP if your Internet is not working.

Even though your Internet is working fine, Windows may not be able to connect to the Internet. So, first make sure that airplane mode is not enabled; if it is enabled, you will not be able to access the Internet.

To check this, click the sound icon in the system tray, which should open a small window with an airplane icon. Here, make sure it’s not turned on. If your laptop is stuck in airplane mode, follow our troubleshooting guide.

Alternatively, you should also check your Ethernet and Wi-Fi connections. You can turn them off and on again to make sure your internet is working fine.

2]Run the Windows Update Troubleshooter

Run Windows Update Troubleshooting

The Windows troubleshooter can be a great help in fixing the error yourself. If it doesn’t, it will still give you some clues about the error so you can look for it further. To start the Windows Update troubleshooter, follow these steps:

  • Go to Windows settings.
  • Go to System > Troubleshooting > Other Troubleshooters.
  • Find Windows Update and click the Run button next to it.
  • Let the troubleshooting process run for a while and see if Windows fixes the problem.

3]Check the status of all services related to Windows Update

Open Windows Services Manager and check that related Windows Update services like Windows Update, Windows Update Medic, Update Orchestrator Services, etc. are not disabled.

The default configuration on a standalone Windows 11/10 PC is as follows:

  • Windows Update Service – Manual (Starting)
  • Background Intelligent Transmission Service – Manual
  • Windows Update Medic Services – Guide
  • RPC Endpoint Mapper – Automatic
  • Windows Installer – Manual.
  • Cryptographic services – Automatically
  • DCOM Server Process Launcher – Automatically

To get started, search for “services” in the search box on the taskbar and click on the search result. After the opening of Art Services window, check if they work or not. If not, you need to start these services one by one.

4]Unpause Windows Update

Unpause Windows Updates

The main reason for error code 0x8024A004 is that you have probably paused Windows Update. As a result, Windows faces self-updating problems. So make sure you haven’t paused Windows Update. If you’ve done that, restore the updates and check if it worked.

If you haven’t paused Windows Update, you can try pausing the update and resuming it after a while. To do this, follow these steps:

  • Go to Windows settings.
  • Click on Windows Update in the sidebar.
  • Here, check if you have paused Windows updates. Once you’ve done this, click Resume Updates to let Windows start downloading the updates.
  • If you have not paused updates, click Pause for 1 week to pause updates. Then restore the updates and see if it worked for you.

5]Clear the Windows Update folder and try again

Sometimes Windows Update fails to install some updates. The error may occur due to downloading and corruption of updated files. Or you deleted or renamed the update folder. You can delete the entire contents of the Windows Updates folder and download the updates several times to fix this error. Follow our detailed guide on how to clean up the Windows Update Software Distribution folder.

If the methods described above did not help, you can download the update manually and then install it.

How do I fix Windows Update error 0x80070422?

The error means that Windows Update (WUAUSERV) is not running or the Background Intelligent Transfer Service (BITS) cannot be started. You can fix the error by checking the status of Windows services related to the update and by disabling IPv6 in Network Center. Read or detailed instructions on how to fix it.

How to bypass Windows Update?

Although you can’t bypass it, but postpone updates for a few weeks, the settings are available in the Windows Update section, where you can choose to postpone it for up to 5 weeks. You can always restore back instantly by clicking Restore Updates.