Error 0x8024D007 when running Windows Update

A server I was working on refused to let me update it through Windows/Microsoft Update. It would tell me that the computer needed an update before I could update it (!). First it would download some files from the Microsoft Update site, copy them and, finally, try to register them. This last step reached 100 %, but always terminated with the error 0x8024D007.

Process Monitor revealed that regsvr32.exe was called several times and the it failed with an Access Denied error on the registry key HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREMicrosoftWindows NTCurrentVersionSvcHost. Looking at the permissions on that key I saw that the local Administrators group only had Read access. I changed it to Full Control and was able to restore Windows Update functionality.

In my search for a solution this particular scenario never showed up, so maybe this will help someone.

4 thoughts on “Error 0x8024D007 when running Windows Update”

  1. I have been stressing about this error on multiple PCs all morning, everything I read on every message board failed, and then I found this post, thanks so much!

  2. This has been a source of frustration for a long time. Thank you for posting this!!

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