Guide: Fix Error 80240020 When Installing Windows 10 Free Upgrade

Users have tried the force upgrade method for downloading Windows 10 free upgrade and we have successfully made the installation quite easily. It worked well for downloading, but once download was finished, many were dreaded with error 80240020 in Windows Update, and if you are one who may encounter the presistent? Here’s how to fix.

Why? The reason you are seeing this error message is reportedly due to the overloaded Microsoft servers, the installation files downloaded on your computer were either incomplete or corrupt. Turns out, when the error message pops up on your computer screen, you will also see a prompt to restart your PC for the update to take effect. Just restarting yor computer will not gonna fix this issue, rather you need to perform some troubleshooting steps to resolve this permanently.

To fix error 80240020 when installing Windows 10 free upgrade, you will need to follow the step-by-step guide on how you can get rid of it.



* Ensure that you have already reserved a free Windows 10 copy. If not do so right now: How To Reserve Your Free Windows 10 Upgrade.
* Run Windows update and make sure you have enabled the option to receive updates automatically.

Step 1: Navigate to C:\$Windows.~BT folder (shows up only when Hidden items are checked) and try to delete as many files and folders as possible. Unfortunately, you won’t be able to delete everything inside this folder though, due to permissions issue, but even deleting some of the files will do the job.


Step 2: Now head to C:\Windows\SoftwareDistribution\Download and here delete everything.

Step 3: Follow our forcxe Windows 10 free upgrade download norm here to re-download all the installation files again from scratch:  Force Download Windows 10 Free Upgrade Right Now, Here’s How [Tutorial].

“Run Command Prompt utility in Administrator mode and then search for ‘cmd’ from Start menu/screen. Right-click on it and select ‘Run as Administrator’ from the context menu.Type the following command and press enter: wuauclt.exe/updatenow.”


Step 4: Once done! Check for available updates via Windows update. Windows 10 download should automatically start, while size depens on the current version of Windows installed on your PC. Download time will be based on your internet connection speed already allocated on your computer.



It should work now. Like mentioned above, since Microsoft servers are overloaded right now, you may encounter 80240020 error again. If so, try the above steps again. Keep trying till it works.

Alternative method is, you can download the ISO files of Windows 10 directly and do a upgrade or clean install from there: Download Windows 10 Pro ISO file without Product Key from Microsoft.

Did the above fix work for you?

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