This error occurs during the Windows 10 Operating System (OS), updates to the latest version. In this post, you’ll learn why this error occurs and most importantly, you’ll be equipped with several techniques by which you can fix it whenever it occurs.
Without further ado, let’s get started.
What causes Windows update error 0x80248007?
This error occurs because of two main reasons. The first one could be that one or several critical files are either missing or corrupt. Secondly, it could be because your Microsoft Software License terms could not be verified. In other words, this error bars you from downloading and installing any updates via Windows update. You’re likely to get this error as many times as you’ll keep clicking on the Retry button.
So now, let’s get down to what really brought you here.
Method 1: Resetting Windows Update Service
Navigate to your Control Panel select view by Large icons then go to Administrative Tools.
Next, double click on Services and provide the required password or confirmation if prompted.
Next, locate and right click on Windows Update and then select stop from the menu that appears. When you apply that, the error is as good as solved.
Method 2: Deleting Windows Update Cache
Deleting the Windows Update cache before retrying the installation of the updates is another quick fix to this error.
Here are the steps to follow to achieve that:
- Click on Start or press the Windows icon on your keyboard and type in the search bar services.msc.
- On the results that come up, click on Services
- Then scroll down until you get to Windows Update Services
- Right click on it and then click Stop
- Now go to File Explorer from your Start Menu
- Navigate to C:>then to Windows>Software Distribution>DataStore then delete all folders and files in there.
- Again, navigate to C:>Software Distribution>Download then delete everything you find in there.
- Now you’ll need to restart your computer
- And try to run the windows update again.
Hopefully, this should solve the problem.
Method 3: Checking the Amount of Free Disk Space
One of the reasons for the missing files or folders could be that your machine doesn’t have enough space to download and store them. It’s always advisable to ensure that your computer has at least 10% of remaining free disc space at any given time.
To check out the amount of available disk space on your computer, do the following:
Go to Start then find File Explorer
Select the File Explorer app
Then click on PC and then check to see the amount of free space on Disk C
- If the available space is less than the recommended 10%, you’ll need to right click on C click on Properties followed by Disk Cleanup
- From the list that’s populated, vet and see if there’s anything you can uninstall or remove to create more space.
Method 4: Fixing Corrupt Files
You can fix corrupted files by running a simple chkdsk command.
Here’s how to do that:
- Go to Start type in CMD in the search bar. Click on run as administrator
- Next, select YES, if prompted by UAC.
- In the command window that comes up, type in chkdsk C: /f /r and then enter.
You’ll see a screen like the one below.
- In case there’s a prompt for you to initiate a scan the next time you reboot press Y then hit Enter.
- Now restart your computer and hopefully this should automatically sort out the error for you.
Method 5: Troubleshooting Windows Update
This method is also one that you can quickly use to fix the 0x80248007 error. By taking advantage of the Windows 10 inbuilt troubleshooter, you can find out if there are any errors and apply the recommended solutions.
Here’s what to do:
Click Start followed by Settings
Select Update & Security
On the menu that pops up on your left hand side select Troubleshoot and then click on Windows Update
- After this, the tool will take some time to check and see if there are any errors that need fixing.
- In case there are any, apply the fixes and restart your computer.
- See if this solves the problem by trying to download and install the updates again.
If you keenly follow the steps in any of the 5 methods in this post, you should be in position to get to the bottom of your Windows 10 Update Error 0x80248007 issue.
On that note, we would really love to hear from you. Did you manage to fix the error and run your Windows 10 Updates successfully? Which of the methods we’ve discussed here worked for you? Any challenges you faced while trying to fix the error? Let us know in the comments section below.