I am working on a Vista machine for a client, and was trying to update things - the firewall was turned off, windows update hadn't been run in a while, etc.  Windows Defender was complaining about not updating for the last 8 months, and currently giving me an error of 0x8024402c.  I searched around on the internet, and found people talking about uninstalling defender, restarted the BITS service, running windows update manually, etc.  None of that worked - all reported hexadecimal code errors.

I finally figured out the error - this machine hasn't ever connected to our corporate wireless network, so didn't have an internet connection.  It seems that should be a relatively easy error to diagnose, and at least suggest that one plug in an ethernet wire when the update fails.

So, now it is working better, though it is now reporting an error of 0x80244015.  I wonder why Microsoft has chosen to never display an English error message.  It looks like running Windows Update manually will solve this problem.

Posted by Jon Daley on November 18, 2008, 10:29 am | Read 27533 times
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Got a bunch of updates installed, and now get error 0x80246001. Crazy.

Posted by jondaley on November 18, 2008, 1:21 pm

Lots of people complaining about it, and not a lot of solutions. Oh well, they were optional upgrades for HP's quick keys and nvidia's video card. It is good enough for now.

Posted by jondaley on November 18, 2008, 1:26 pm

One of the nice things about Vista IMO is that so many people are sticking with XP that upgrading is probably optional. Plus many people are deciding that they rather deal with linux driver issues than Vista's BS.

http://www.computerworlduk.com/community/blogs/index.cfm?entryid=1573&blogid=14

Posted by Mike on December 2, 2008, 12:51 am
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