Windows Update error 80004002

If you receive Windows Update error 80004002, it means that some required registry keys are missing. To fix the problem, reinstall the Windows Update client by following these steps:

  1. Open System by clicking the Start button Picture of the Start button, right-clicking Computer, and then clicking Properties.

  2. Under System, note whether the computer's System type is a 32-bit or 64-bit version of the Windows operating system.

  3. Click one of the following links to reinstall the Windows Update client:

    Once you've finished reinstalling the Windows Update client, follow these steps to check for updates:

  4. Open Windows Update by clicking the Start button Picture of the Start button. In the search box, type Update, and then, in the list of results, click Windows Update.

  5. In the left pane, click Check for updates, and then wait while Windows looks for the latest updates for your computer.

  6. If any updates are found, click Install updates. Administrator permission required If you're prompted for an administrator password or confirmation, type the password or provide confirmation.

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_80004002

  • 0x80004002