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"Windows Could Not Search for New Updates" Error
Windows Update sometimes doesn't work and an error message pops up, like the one seen below. When clicking on "Learn More," the suggestion doesn't say much. Have you ruann into this situation? This seems to happen even more since the Windows 8.1 Update 1.
Windows Update Error: 80240442
We've all seen this: "Windows could not search for new updates" or similar error about not being able to download or install them. If you run into the situation, it does provide you with an error code number. This Windows Update code error: 80240442 is the one we're trying to fix in this situation.
Or if you're on Windows 8.1 and trying to update via the Modern UI, you'll get a similar message screen
Well, you click to get help with the error, and it either isn't useful at all, or has error results listed, but they're similar to the one you have – not the exact error. And different fixes, of course, work differently for each code.
Apparently Microsoft Support needs to be contacted because there's no information about my error.
But I think Microsoft needs to update its error code database more often, because by doing a Bing search, there are a lot of people getting this particular one.
Fix for Windows Update Error 80240442
After trying to figure out a work-around for this error, Windows community forums users came up with a fix.
Open Internet Explorer and go to Tools > Internet Options.
Then click the Connections tab and then LAN Settings.
From the LAN Settings, under Proxy Server, check "Use a proxy server for your LAN…" then click the Advanced button.
Next comes the Proxy Settings and make sure your entries look like the image below.
After that, go back and try to run Windows Update again, and it should work.
After you install the updates, go back to LAN Settings and uncheck "Use proxy server for your LAN…" otherwise you won't be able to go to any webpages since your proxy is your own computer.
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LAST UPDATED 7/22/2014