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How to fix 80246013?

Published on April 12th, 2022

80246013 is a Windows Update error code. This error code means that the Windows Update service is not running. This can happen if the service is not started, is disabled, or if the service is not configured correctly.

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1. Restart your computer and try again

  1. Click on the "Start" button and type "cmd" in the search bar
  2. Right-click on "cmd" and select "Run as Administrator"
  3. Type in the following commands and hit "Enter" after each one: cd %UserProfile% regedit
  4. In the Registry Editor, locate and click on the "HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer" key
  5. Double-click on the "EnableLogonCredentialRestart" value and change the "1" value to "0"
  6. Close the Registry Editor and restart your computer If you still experience the issue, please contact the Microsoft Support team for further assistance.

2. Try running the Windows Update Troubleshooter

To try and fix 80246013, first open the Windows Update Troubleshooter by going to the Start Menu and clicking on "Windows Update." Next, click on the " Troubleshoot " button. " button. Click on the "Advanced Options" button. button. On the "Advanced Options" screen, click on the " Windows Update " tab. " tab. Under the "Windows Update" heading, click on the "Next" button. button. On the "Update Services" screen, select the "Windows Update Service" and click on the "Next" button. button. On the "Service Status" screen, select the "Health" check box and click on the "Next" button. check box and click on the "Next" button. On the "Services" screen, select the "Windows Update Service" and click on the "Next" button. button. On the "Add Update Service Items" screen, click on the "Browse" button and select the "Windows Update" package from the list. button and select the "Windows Update" package from the list. On the "Select Service" screen, click on the "OK" button. button. On the "Install Updates" screen, click on the "Install" button. button. On the "Confirm Installation" screen, click on the "Yes" button. button. When the "Windows Update" package has been installed, click on the "Close" button. button. Restart the computer. If the problem is still not fixed, you may need to reinstall Windows Update.

3. Delete the SoftwareDistribution folder

  1. Open the Control Panel and go to the System and Security section.
  2. Under the System and Security section, click on the SoftwareDistribution folder.
  3. Right-click on the SoftwareDistribution folder and select Delete.
  4. Confirm that you want to delete the SoftwareDistribution folder and then click on OK.

If the answers above didn't work then you should also try:

  1. Try resetting the Windows Update Components.
  2. Try using the DISM tool.
  3. Try running the Windows Update from the Command Prompt.
  4. Try installing the updates manually.