Are you having problems trying to download the Windows 10 update with Windows 8/8.1?  Windows Update Error

I've spent several hours trying to resolve this update error (80246010) and I have finally found a solution that worked and it allowed me to successful download the Windows 10 update. Now I don't know if this error is only happening in systems running Windows 8.1, or Windows 8. I ran the download with no problems at all on my other computer running Windows 7, I only encountered this error when I tried to download the update to my other computer which was running Windows 8.1. I've read several help forums where people running Windows 8.1 and 8 were also having similar issues.

So the first thing that you will need to do is to navigate to C:\Windows\SoftwareDistribution\Download and delete all of the folders contents. No need to worry as this will not harm your computer in any way.

Next you will need to delete the $Windows.~BT and the $Windows.~WS folder's. My system only had the $Windows.~BT folder, so your system may not have the $Windows.~WS folder. If it does delete both of them.*You will have to enable your system to show hidden folders as both of these will be hidden by default.

This is how to enable viewing of hidden files and folders in Windows 8 and 8.1. From the Windows 8 Start Screen, select the control panel app. Alternatively you can search for control panel as well.  Your screen should be similar to the picture below.

Windows 8 Start Screen

The control panel should open in a few seconds and you will be greeted with a screen like the on below.

Windows 8 Control Panel

You want to select "Appearance and Personalization", it's right below "User Accounts".

Windows 8 App & Personalization

Now under where it say's "Folder Options", click where it say's "Show hidden files and folders".

  • Now click on the Show hidden files and folders option under the Folder Options category.
  • Under the Hidden files and folders section select the radio button labeled Show hidden files, folders, and drives.
  • Next, remove the check mark from the check box labeled Hide extensions for known file types. This will make it so that you will see the full file name and their extensions.
  • Finally, remove the check mark from the check box labeled Hide protected operating system files (Recommended). This will allow you to see files that have been flagged with the +S attribute, which causes them to be considered System files by Windows. By default Windows will not allow you to see System files unless you uncheck this check box.

Once this is done, your Folder Options screen should look similar to the following image

Windows 8 Folder Options.

Once you've deleted the contents of the C:\Windows\SoftwareDistribution\Download folder, and deleted the $Windows.~BT, $Windows.~WS folders; now you have to edit the registry. A word of caution, you may want to backup your registry before you make any changes to it, this can cause problems if something goes wrong.

Search for "Regedit" and open it. Once it opens you will need to do the following.

  • Locate the registry key: [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\WindowsUpdate\OSUpgrade]
  • If this key doesn't exist, which it should; then create it.
  • Create a new DWORD (32-bit) Value with Name = "AllowOSUpgrade” (without the quotes), and set the Value = 1. *Note you don't actually have to change the hexadecimal value of 0x00000001, you just need to change the value to the right of it from a 0 to a 1.

Once you're done modifying the registry key, exit back out of the registry. Close the control panel and reopen it. Now go  to Windows Updates and check if there are any new ones available. It should begin downloading the Windows 10 update error free for you.

Windows 10 Update

If you need any help with anything mentioned above, or if you get stuck; feel free to leave comments on this article or contact me through this website's contact page.


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Alfonso Bommarito 5 years, 7 months ago

Very thorough! Your time was well spent. Thank you for the step by step procedure it helped a ton.

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lonto81 5 years, 7 months ago

Thanks. Glad I could help.

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Smithb491 3 years, 6 months ago

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Me 5 years, 7 months ago

Great, the first solution that worked out of the box error free. Thanks man!

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lonto81 5 years, 7 months ago

Awesome man! Let me know if there's anything else I can do for you. Don't forget to sign up for our mailing list.

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