I recently noticed that my PC hadn’t updated Windows for 30 days, and trying to manually update it was failing with error code 80244019. I followed the troubleshooting steps on the Microsoft website but this made no difference. In the end I found a solution on reddit which worked immediately – all you have to do is open Control Panel, search for Windows Update, then choose the “Change settings” link on the left. Then you need to uncheck the box saying “Give me updates for other Microsoft products when I update Windows” as shown below:

Change update settings

Click OK and then try to update and hopefully this will now work! I assume this is related to the Windows 10 launch, I’ve had the prompt to update for about 30 days which is the same amount of time that it has not updated, I’ve been holding off until I have time to do it properly on my work PC.

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  1. Delete or Rename Windows update temporary storage folder.
    To do this:
    a. Open “My Computer” and navigate to “C:Windows”folder.
    b. Delete (or Rename e.g. to “SoftwareDistributionOLD”) the “SoftwareDistribution” folder.
    Step 3: Start Windows Update service.
    a. Go to Windows services and “Start”the Windows Update service.
    After completing these steps, try to check for a Windows Update again. In case the problem persists, proceed to this website

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