This instructive blog post has been created in order to explain what is the error 0x80240034 message that appears on some of the updates for Windows you are trying to install.
Recent problems concerning Windows Update have been brought to our attention. The problems happen when users try to update cumulative and security updates for their Windows versions. When this happens, users begin to see the following messages:
“Update has failed to download”
How to Fix Error 0x80240034 Messages
Step #1: Reset Your PC and Then Update Again.
If you have problems with connecting to the update service, it could be because some components of your PC may not have started properly during Windows boot. Make sure to do a reset of your PC ad see if the issues will disappear.
Step #2: Delete files Belonging to Software Distribution and Catroot2
When your Windows version downloads updates, the updates are kept in a folder, called SoftwareDistribution.
To delete files in Software Distribution directory do the following substeps:
- Open Command Prompt as an administrator.
- Type the following commands:
→ net stop wuauserv (and hit “Enter”)
net stop bits (and hit “Enter”)
Then go to C:\Windows\SoftwareDistribution and delete every folder and file within this directory.
To reset Catroot2 do the following substeps:
- Open Windows Command Prompt as an administrator.
- Type the following commands:
→ Net stop cryptsvc (and hit Enter)
Md %systemroot%\system32\catroot2.old (and hit Enter)
Xcopy %systemroot%\system32\catroot2 %systemroot%\system32\catroot2.old /s (and hit Enter)
Then, navigate to the Catroot2 folder:
Delete all of the files in the Catroot2 folder and then open Windows Command Prompt as administrator again and type the following command:
→ net start cryptsvc (and hit Enter)
Step #3: Run Windows Update Troubleshooting Program
To run the troubleshooter, go to the following location:
→Settings – Updates and Security – Troubleshoot and then run it.
If you have Windows 7, you can download the troubleshooter by clicking on this link.
Step #4: Clean Up Temporary Files and System Files
Fortunately for you, Windows comes with something called Storage Sense. It can automatically clean the temporary files of Windows. To run Storage Sense, perform the following substeps:
- Go to Settings-System-Storage.
- On your right, click on the Storage tab and switch Storage Sense from Off to On.
- Click on Change how we free up space.
- Click on “Clean Now” after turning everything to “On”.
Step #5 Disable any Antivirus Programs During Update.
Sometimes, some antivirus programs take control over the network traffic and in some scenarios they detect some of the updates to be risky, which is not something that should alarm you, it just happens sometimes. This is why, you should try to disable the antivirus programs on your PC and then run an update to see if the problem is fixed.
Step #6 Run Windows File Checker
In order to repair damaged Windows files, you can use the system file checker so that you are able to repair any corrupt or damaged Windows files. Here is how you can do that:
- Open Command Prompt as administrator.
- Type the following command:
→ sfc /scannow (and hit Enter)
If the scanner detects any corruptions on your PC, it will replace them on system re-boot.
- Guide 1: How to Remove from Windows.
- Guide 2: Get rid of from Mac OS X.
- Guide 3: Remove from Google Chrome.
- Guide 4: Erase from Mozilla Firefox.
- Guide 5: Uninstall from Microsoft Edge.
- Guide 6: Remove from Safari.
- Guide 7: Eliminate from Internet Explorer.
How to Remove from Windows.
Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove
Step 2: Uninstall and related software from Windows
Here is a method in few easy steps that should be able to uninstall most programs. No matter if you are using Windows 10, 8, 7, Vista or XP, those steps will get the job done. Dragging the program or its folder to the recycle bin can be a very bad decision. If you do that, bits and pieces of the program are left behind, and that can lead to unstable work of your PC, errors with the file type associations and other unpleasant activities. The proper way to get a program off your computer is to Uninstall it.
Step 3: Clean any registries, created by on your computer.
The usually targeted registries of Windows machines are the following:
You can access them by opening the Windows registry editor and deleting any values, created by there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:
Get rid of from Mac OS X.
Step 1: Uninstall and remove related files and objects
1. Hit the ⇧+⌘+U keys to open Utilities. Another way is to click on “Go” and then click “Utilities”, like the image below shows:
- Go to Finder.
- In the search bar type the name of the app that you want to remove.
- Above the search bar change the two drop down menus to “System Files” and “Are Included” so that you can see all of the files associated with the application you want to remove. Bear in mind that some of the files may not be related to the app so be very careful which files you delete.
- If all of the files are related, hold the ⌘+A buttons to select them and then drive them to “Trash”.
In case you cannot remove via Step 1 above:
In case you cannot find the virus files and objects in your Applications or other places we have shown above, you can manually look for them in the Libraries of your Mac. But before doing this, please read the disclaimer below:
You can repeat the same procedure with the following other Library directories:
Tip: ~ is there on purpose, because it leads to more LaunchAgents.
Step 2: Scan for and remove files from your Mac
When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts and programs such as , the recommended way of eliminating the threat is by using an anti-malware program. SpyHunter for Mac offers advanced security features along with other modules that will improve your Mac’s security and protect it in the future.
Remove from Google Chrome.
Step 1: Start Google Chrome and open the drop menu
Step 2: Move the cursor over "Tools" and then from the extended menu choose "Extensions"
Step 3: From the opened "Extensions" menu locate the unwanted extension and click on its "Remove" button.
Step 4: After the extension is removed, restart Google Chrome by closing it from the red "X" button at the top right corner and start it again.
Erase from Mozilla Firefox.
Step 1: Start Mozilla Firefox. Open the menu window
Step 2: Select the "Add-ons" icon from the menu.
Step 3: Select the unwanted extension and click "Remove"
Step 4: After the extension is removed, restart Mozilla Firefox by closing it from the red "X" button at the top right corner and start it again.
Uninstall from Microsoft Edge.
Step 1: Start Edge browser.
Step 2: Open the drop menu by clicking on the icon at the top right corner.
Step 3: From the drop menu select "Extensions".
Step 4: Choose the suspected malicious extension you want to remove and then click on the gear icon.
Step 5: Remove the malicious extension by scrolling down and then clicking on Uninstall.
Remove from Safari.
Step 1: Start the Safari app.
Step 2: After hovering your mouse cursor to the top of the screen, click on the Safari text to open its drop down menu.
Step 3: From the menu, click on "Preferences".
Step 4: After that, select the 'Extensions' Tab.
Step 5: Click once on the extension you want to remove.
Step 6: Click 'Uninstall'.
A pop-up window will appear asking for confirmation to uninstall the extension. Select 'Uninstall' again, and the will be removed.
Eliminate from Internet Explorer.
Step 1: Start Internet Explorer.
Step 2: Click on the gear icon labeled 'Tools' to open the drop menu and select 'Manage Add-ons'
Step 3: In the 'Manage Add-ons' window.
Step 4: Select the extension you want to remove and then click 'Disable'. A pop-up window will appear to inform you that you are about to disable the selected extension, and some more add-ons might be disabled as well. Leave all the boxes checked, and click 'Disable'.
Step 5: After the unwanted extension has been removed, restart Internet Explorer by closing it from the red 'X' button located at the top right corner and start it again.