Many Windows users have reported cases of crashes and errors while updating Windows 10. One of the common errors that users often face is the Windows 10 update error 0x80240061. There can be various reasons behind this error for it to appear. Here, we take a look at the solutions to fix the problem.
Solution 1: Make sure the Windows Update Service is running
One of the services in Windows called Windows Update is responsible for updating the operating system. You will need to make sure this service is running. Here's how to do it:
Step 1: Press Win + R to open the file run box. Here, write services.msc and click ok button.
Step 2: The Services the window will open. Here, scroll down the list of services and search Windows update. When you find it, right click on it and press the key Home button. If it is already running, click Restart button.
Once done, close the file Services window and try to update Windows again. If the problem persists, try the next solution.
Solution 2: Run the Windows Update Troubleshooter
Windows Troubleshooter is a built-in tool for identifying and fixing various problems that may occur on your PC. One of the troubleshooter's secondary tools is the Windows Update Troubleshooter. Follow the steps to run it:
Step 1: Press Win + me keys together to open the file settings application in Windows. In the Settings app, click Update and security option.
Step 2: In the new window select the file Solve problems left panel option. Then, in the right pane, select the file Windows update option, then click Run the troubleshooter button.
Now, let the troubleshooter analyze the possible problems. In case a problem is found, the troubleshooter will try to fix it on its own. After the troubleshooter has finished scanning and solved the problem, restart your PC and try to update Windows.
Solution 3: Reinstall the latest maintenance stack update
You may also want to reinstall the latest maintenance stack update or Windows update to fix the problem. Before uninstalling the update and reinstalling, you will need the Windows version updated on your PC e updated version. After that, you will need to download the latest SSU and install it on your PC.
Find the Windows version
Step 1: Open the settings following the steps in Fix 2> Step 1, but instead of selecting the Update & Security file select the option System option.
Step 2: Now in the left pane, select the file Di option, then see the Windows Update version in the right pane. The Windows version on my PC is 1903.
Find out the upgrade version
Step 1: Open the Home menu, then type Control Panel in the initial search box. From the results, open the file Control Panel option.
Step 2: In the Control Panel, click Uninstall a program text in Programs option.
3 pass: In the next window, click View installed updates option.
Phase 4: From the list of updates that will appear, see the name of the latest update in the file Microsoft Windows category. Here, the name is KB4565351.
5 pass: As an additional step, select the latest update, then click Uninstall button. Follow the onscreen instructions and uninstall the latest Windows update.
Download and install the latest SSU
Step 1: Visit the Microsoft Update Catalog website. In the search box, type the Windows Update version and run a search. You will see a list of updates. There, look for the update with the version of Windows installed on your PC. My PC version is 1903 and it's an x64-based system, so I'll download the version highlighted in the screenshot below.
Note: Make sure you select an update with the same version of Windows as your PC and system architecture. The x64 architecture is typically for PCs and the ARM64 architecture is typically for mobile devices such as tablets. To find out, right-click on the file What PC on your desktop, then select Property. You can see the information in the file System> System Type section.
Step 2: While the update is downloading, click Open button. Once the update is downloaded, it will be installed on your PC.
Solution 4: Clear the Windows Update temporary cache
Another method that you can try to fix Windows Update error 0x80240061 is to clear the Windows Update temporary cache. Follow these steps:
Step 1: Press the Win + R keys together. In the Run box that opens, copy and paste the following text, then press Log in:
% windir% SoftwareDistribution DataStore
Step 2: A folder containing temporary Windows Update data will open. Press Ctrl + A to select all files, then press Shift + Delete to delete all files in the folder. After doing that, run the file Correction 1 again to restart the update service.
Now, check if the error still appears.
Solution 5: Run the SFC scan
SFC Scan is a command line tool that searches your PC for faulty and damaged files and then fixes them.
Step 1: Click on Home button and type cmd in the search box. Then from the search results, right click on the file Symbol of the system search result and select the file Run as administrator option.
Step 2: In the Command Prompt window that opens, type the following command and press the key Log in button:
sfc / scannow
Let the scan run. When finished, restart your PC and check if the 0x80240061 update error persists.
Fix 6: run DISM scan
Here is another command line tool you can run to fix this Windows 10 update problem.
Step 1: Opens the command prompt in admin mode as shown in the previous method.
Step 2: In the command prompt window, type the following command and press Log in:
DISM / Online / Cleanup Image / RestoreHealth
It may take some time for the DISM scan to run, so please wait until it completes. When done, restart your PC.
Solution 7: While updating the Intel Management Engine interface driver
You can update the Intel Management Engine interface driver on your PC to get rid of the 0x80240061 update error in Windows 10.
Step 1: Press the Win + X simultaneously the keys on the keyboard, then, in the menu that opens, select the Device Manager option.
Step 2: When the Device administrator opens, from the list of devices select the file System devices option to expand, then from the menu, right-click Intel (R) Management Engine Interface and click Update Driver menu option.
3 pass: Now, from the next screen, you need to select the file Automatically searches for the updated driver software option. If an updated version of the driver is found, the update process will begin. After the update, go ahead and restart your PC. Now check if the problem is solved.
Solution 8: update the BIOS
You can also try updating your PC's BIOS to get rid of error 0x80240061. Updating the BIOS is a fairly complicated and advanced process and must be done very carefully. Just one misstep and your PC could be rendered inoperable due to it.
To perform the BIOS update, you need to refer to your PC motherboard manual. The steps to update the BIOS and perform various operations differ greatly from different manufacturers.
Solution 9: Run a Windows update now
The Windows In-Place Update process downloads the Windows installation media to your PC for an update. Once the update is complete, Windows update would be needed and most likely you would not get Windows update error 0x80240061.
Follow the steps below:
Step 1: Go to the Windows 10 Download Website and click Download the tool now option.
Step 2: Once the download is complete, click run option in the downloaded file.
3 pass: The Windows 10 settings The window will open on your PC. Here, after clicking on the file To accept select the option Update this PC now option, then click The next button.
Phase 4Now, continue with the onscreen instructions to run the Windows update on your PC. This will include selecting the file Keep files and apps personal option in Choose what to keep screen.
Keep in mind that this is a time-consuming process, so be patient. Once the update is complete, the problem will be resolved.
Solution 10: reinstall Windows cleanly
Hopefully, the above solutions will help you get rid of the problem for sure. However, if none of the above solutions worked for you, you will need to do a fresh install of Windows 10 on your PC to fix the 0x80240061 update error. A fresh installation will erase all data, applications and software in the PC memory and reinstall Windows.
To do this, F Allow the steps provided in fix 9 through step 3, and then select the file Nothing option in Choose what to keep screen.
We also suggest that you back up your personal and important files on your PC before proceeding with the clean reinstall of Windows.