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If you try to connect to the Microsoft Windows Update website or the Microsoft Update website to install updates, you may receive error code 0x8024402C. This problem can occur if the proxy or firewall settings are incorrectly configured. In this case, the connection of the client computer to the Windows Update servers fails.
Also, this type of error message is usually caused by incorrectly configured firewall settings or proxy settings that disable the connection to the Windows Update server.
Enable Automatic Detect settings
If your computer is not sure how to connect to the Internet, it would cause the Windows Update error 0x8024402c. In this case, activating the automatic detection settings can solve the problem.
Follow the steps below to activate it.
1) Start Internet Explorer.
2) Click on the settings icon at the top right.
Then select the Internet options.
3) In the Connection area, click on LAN Settings.
4) Enable the Detect settings automatically option.
Fix problems with the proxy
First of all, you must remove invalid characters from the proxy exception list:
- Open Internet Explorer;
- Click on the gear icon in the upper right corner of the window;
- Select Internet Options and open the Connections tab;
- Go to the LAN settings and check the box “Use a proxy server for your LAN”.
- Open the Advanced tab;
- Delete everything in the “Do not use a proxy server for addresses starting with” field;
- Click on OK.
Then, you must clear the proxy cache by following these steps:
Open the command prompt: Type cmd in the Windows search bar and select it from the list of results;
When you are at the command prompt, type these commands and press Enter after typing each one:
netsh winhttp reset proxy
net stop wuauserv
net start wuauserv
After that, the error code 0x8024402c must be corrected. Otherwise, try the second method.
Cleaning the registry
The ‘registry’ is the central database for Windows, in which all the important parameters and files that your PC must run are stored. Although this part of your system is one of the most important for your system, it is still the cause of many different errors on your PC, including the error 0x8024402c.
The problem is that because the registry is constantly being used by your system to help it remember details like your wallpaper and even your stored passwords, it is often overused and confuses Windows to store many of its files in the wrong way. Not only does your PC run very slowly, but it is also the main reason why most errors for Windows do not seem to have a central cause.
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