Running an operating system update on your computer frequently results in this error. When you attempt to manually run the update’s installation, this error happens the most frequently. Other times, it happens when you try to check for and install updates after your computer has automatically looked for them.
There are numerous ways to fix the error. While some of them are simpler to complete, others produce better results. You should definitely try out each technique after reading the guidelines we have provided in the article below.
The error message “Windows Update Could Not Be Installed Because of Error 2149842967” Explains its Root Cause.
The update you are attempting to install may already be in place or it may not be compatible with your computer, according to this error. Because things don’t always have to be that way, this statement is quite ambiguous.
You can attempt to manually “force” the update installation if you are confident in your ability to do so by downloading it from the Windows Update Catalog. You can also download the update troubleshooter or reset the Windows update components to their default settings in an effort to fix the issue.
Solution 1: Run the Windows Update Troubleshooter.
The Windows update troubleshooter is a file that can be downloaded from Microsoft’s official website, and using it should automatically fix this annoying error message. Make sure to select the file’s recommended version for your operating system out of the two available versions.
- Launch your preferred browser. When it opens, look for the file related to the operating system you have installed on your computer in one of the two download buttons.
- After you click the suggested option, the download should begin right away. Open the file by clicking on it in the browser’s download ribbon, and then confirm any security prompts that might appear after running it.
- Click Next to launch the scan after the Windows Update Troubleshooter window has opened. Click on Advanced and select “Run as administrator” if you want to run the scan with administrative rights.
- After the scan is complete, if you follow the instructions that appear on the screen, the issues should be fixed automatically.
- Restart your computer and run the update again to see if the error message “Windows update could not be installed because of error 2149842967” reappears.
Solution 2: Manually Install the Update
You can always try to manually install it by downloading it from the Windows Update Catalog if the error occurs when Windows checks for and downloads updates automatically. It is a website where you can download essentially every Windows update that has ever been made available. Try it out and see if it helps you with your issue.
- To find out which is the most recent update for your version of Windows, go to the Microsoft support website. The most recent version of Windows 10 ought to be at the top of the list on the site’s left side.
- Write the KB (Knowledge Base) number and the letters “KB” next to the most recent OS update that has been made available (e.g., KB4040724).
- Click the search button in the top right corner of the Microsoft Update Catalog, paste the Knowledge Base number you copied, and then conduct a search.
- Select the proper PC architecture by clicking the Download button to the left (32bit or 64bit). Before selecting this option, make sure you are familiar with the processor architecture of your PC.
- Run the downloaded file and carefully adhere to the on-screen directions to finish the updating procedure.
- Restart your computer after the update is complete to ensure that it is installed. This should prevent the issue from arising with subsequent updates.
Solution 3: Reset Windows Update Components
Although it is a time-consuming process, starting from scratch with the Windows Update components is generally recognised as the best way to resolve the majority of update-related issues. We have made every effort to keep it as clearly explained as we can given that it has a lot of varied and somewhat complicated components.
- Let’s begin the method by turning off Background Intelligent Transfer, Windows Update, and Cryptographic Services, which are the main services connected to Windows Update. If you want the subsequent steps to go smoothly, shutting them down before we begin is crucial.
- Use the Start menu’s search bar or the search button next to it to look up “Command Prompt.” The top-ranking first result can be chosen by right-clicking it and choosing “Run as administrator.”
- To open the Run dialogue box when using an older version of Windows, press the Windows Logo key along with the letter R. To launch Command Prompt as an administrator, type “cmd” into the box and press Ctrl + Shift + Enter.
- Be sure to hit the Enter key on your keyboard after copying and pasting the command that is displayed below.
bits of net stop
stop net wuauserv
stop net pidsvc
stop net cryptsvc
- If you want to continue with resetting the update components after this step, you will need to delete some files. Using the Command Prompt with administrative rights is another option. Execute this command:
Del “% ALLUSERSPROFILE% %Application Data% Microsoft% Network% Downloader% qmgr*.dat”
- Rename the catroot2 and SoftwareDistribution folders. To accomplish this, copy and paste the following two commands into an admin-accessible command prompt. After pasting each command, press Enter.
Ren % systemroot % & SoftwareDistribution SoftwareDistribution.bak
systemroot percent system32 percent catroot2 catroot2.bak
- To continue with the last step of this procedure, let’s return to the System32 folder. Here’s how to accomplish it in Command Prompt.
the command “cd /d percent windir percent system32”
- Because the BITS service has been completely reset, all of the files required for it to run and function properly must be reregistered. The process could take a while because each of the files needs a different command to force it to reregister itself. Make sure you copy each command precisely, making sure not to omit any. If you click on this link in a Google Drive document, you can access the entire list.
- The following step is to reset Winsock, which we will do by copying and pasting the appropriate command into the administrative Command Prompt once more:
reset winsock netsh
winhttp reset proxy with netsh
- If everything went smoothly during the previous steps, you can now restart the services you stopped in the first one by using the commands listed below.
bit start net
start net wuauserv
start net appidsvc
start net cryptsvc
11. After completing the instructions, restart your computer and attempt to run Windows Update once more. Hopefully, the error 0xc1900204 will no longer prevent you from starting Windows Updat