If you receive Windows Update error 80244016, 8024402f, or c80003fa while checking for updates, it might be caused by a high number of update requests on the Windows Update servers. Close Windows Update, wait 10 to 15 minutes, and then run Windows Update again. You can also wait for Windows Update to run at its next scheduled time.

This error can also be caused by Internet connection problems. For more information, see Troubleshoot Internet connection problems.

If you still receive this error after checking your Internet connection, it might mean that a program running on your computer is preventing Windows Update Services from accessing the Internet. Programs that might do this include firewalls, antispyware software, web accelerators, Internet security or antivirus programs, or proxy servers .

For steps you can take to fix this problem, see this article about connection-related update errors on the Microsoft website.

If you continue to see this error, see this automatic troubleshooter on the Microsoft Support website, or go to the Microsoft Answers website for more assistance.

Error codes this applies to:

  • WindowsUpdate_80244016

  • 0x80244016

  • WindowsUpdate_8024402f

  • 0x8024402f

  • WindowsUpdate_c80003fa

  • 0xc80003fa