Windows Update error 80246005: How to fix it?

fix error 80246005

Are you receiving Windows Update error 80246005 or 0X80246005 when examine for updates, then this means you haven’t save files to the Catroot2 folder or that the Cryptographic Service was not started or not running properly. So you need the appropriate solution to correct this problem. Follow the below given solution to fix error.

For saving the files to the Catroot2 folder:

It is the very important steps because the Windows update fails if Windows was not able to copy files to the Catroot2 folder or swap files that are in that folder or else the folder or its files are set to read-only. Follow the steps given below to modify so that folder to write files to it:

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  • First of all click the Start button, and in the search box, type the command prompt.
  • In the appeared result list, click right Command Prompt, and after that click on Run as Administrator.
  • If any prompt appears for administration password or confirmation, the type the password or give the confirmation.
  • And at the command prompt type attrib -h -s -r c:\windows\system32\catroot2 (where c:\ is the drive where Windows is installed), and press Enter.
  • And after that type attrib -h -s -r c:\windows\system32\catroot2\*.* (where c:\ is the drive where Windows is installed), and hit Enter.
  • And lastly type Exit and hit Enter to shut the Administrator: Command Prompt window.

For Verifying and restarting the Cryptographic service

  • You need to open the Administrative Tools by clicking on Start button, and then click Control Panel. In the search box, type administrative tools, and then click Administrative Tools.
  • And Double click on the services. If any prompt appears for administration password or confirmation, the type the password or give the confirmation.
  • Then click on the Name Column heading to arrange the names in reverse order. And find the Windows update service.

Note – the status of the selection (the status appears in the third column).

  • Right-click on Windows Update, and then perform any one of the following step:
    1. If Start is presented, then click Start.
    2. If Restart is presented, then click Restart.
  • Then click on the Name column heading to arrange the names back in alphabetical order, and after that click on Cryptographic Services.

Note – the status of the selection (the status appears in the third column).

  • And then right-click Cryptographic Services, and then perform any one of the following step:
    1. If Start is presented, then click Start.
    2. If Restart is presented, then click Restart.
  • And lastly close the Services dialog box.

After attempting all these process, got to the Windows Update website.

Note

The main cause of this error is already described above and hope this will help will help you out. But some other program also causes this error by preventing the Windows Update Service (SVCHOST) from accessing the web. Programs like firewalls, antispyware software, web accelerators, antivirus programs and proxy servers might cause this error. So the important things are that if you have downloaded any of the above programs then you need to turn them off at the time of downloading and installing the Windows Update. And after updating your PC you can turn them on.

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