Microsoft Windows 8 Professional x64 Windows Update Error 80246003

Published on 09/18/2012 by Wouter Makkinje

Filed under Microsoft Windows 8

Last modified 02/22/2015

Print this page

rate 1 star rate 2 star rate 3 star rate 4 star rate 5 star
Your rating: none, Average: 5 (1 votes)

This article have been viewed 1957 times


You have a Microsoft Windows 8 Professional x64 computer and when you run Windows update your computer returns the following Error 80246003 and refuses to install updates.



The solution to this error is fairly simple and you won’t need to make changes in the system registry.

On the Windows 8 Professional x64 computer:

  1. Open up Explorer
  2. In the top-left corner select File > Open CMD > Run as Administrator.
  3. Type Net stop wuauserv and hit enter.
  4. Type cd %systemroot% and hit enter.
  5. Type Ren SoftwareDistribution SoftwareDistribution.old and hit enter.
  6. Type Net start wuauserv and hit enter.

Now go ahead and run Windows Update again on your computer and it should work properly again.