Fix Error 0x80240438 For Windows Updates And Microsoft Store

The error code 0x80240438 may occur for Windows Updates and Microsoft Store on Windows 11/10. Indeed, the delivery mechanism for both is interdependent and common. This is the reason why many Windows Update and Microsoft Store error codes are the same. Repairing both is easy and most methods are the same. We discuss these fixes in this article today.

There were a few issues installing updates, but we’ll try again later. If you keep seeing this and want to search the web or contact support for information, this may help – (0x80240438).

Error 0x80240438 for Windows Updates and Microsoft Store

If you encounter this issue, you should check the following:

  1. Run Windows Update troubleshooters.
  2. Disable your antivirus or firewall.
  3. Disable proxy connections.
  4. Modifier the Remove access to use all Windows Update features Policy.
  5. Reset Windows Update folders.
  6. Download the update manually.

1]Run Windows Update troubleshooters

You can enable Windows update troubleshooter as well as online Windows update troubleshooter from Microsoft and check if it helps you solve any of your problems.

2]Disable your antivirus or firewall

You can temporarily disable Windows Defender which is installed out of the box on your Windows computer. You can also disable your Windows Firewall on your computer and check if that fixes any errors you encounter. If you are using third-party security software, disable it and see.

3]Disable proxy connections

Start by typing Internet in the Cortana search box. Click on the appropriate result.


Now navigate to the tab called Connections.

Under the section titled Local area network (LAN) settings. Click the button that says lan settings

lan settings

Under the heading of proxy server, uncheck the option which is labeled as Use a proxy server for your local network (these settings will not apply to dial-up or VPN connections).

Click on Okay then Restart the computer for the cigarette effect changes.

4]Modifier file Remove access to use all Windows Update features Politics

Press the WINKEY + R button combination to launch the Run utility, shown gpedit.msc and press Enter. Once the Group Policy Editor is open, access the following setting:

User Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Windows Update


Now on the right panel and double click on Remove access to use all Windows Update features and set the radio button to Not configured for that.

This setting allows you to remove access to Windows Update. If you enable this setting, all Windows Update functionality is removed. This includes blocking access to the Windows Update website at, from the Windows Update hyperlink in the Start menu, as well as from the Tools menu in Internet Explorer. Windows automatic update is also disabled; you will not be notified or receive critical updates from Windows Update. This setting also prevents Device Manager from automatically installing driver updates from the Windows Update website.

If enabled, you can configure one of the following notification options:

  • 0 = Do not show notifications – This setting will remove all access to Windows Update features and no notifications will be displayed.
  • 1 = Show required replacement notifications – This setting will display notifications about replacements needed to complete an installation.


This would solve your problems if that was the cause.

Exit the Group Policy Editor and then replace your computer for the changes to take effect.

5]Reset Windows Update folders

You need to delete the contents of the SoftwareDistribution folder and reset the Catroot2 folder.

6]Download the update manually

If it is not a feature update and only a cumulative update, you can manually download and install the Windows update. To find which update failed, follow the steps:

  • Go to Settings > Update & security > View update history
  • Check which particular update failed. Updates that failed to install will show Failed in the Status column.
  • Then go to the Microsoft Download Center and search for this update using the KB number.
  • Once you find it, download it and install it manually.

You can use Microsoft Update Catalog, a Microsoft service that provides a list of software updates that may be distributed on a corporate network. Using the Microsoft Update Catalog can be a one-stop place to find Microsoft software updates, drivers, and patches.

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