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Solved: How do I fix Windows Update not applicable error wusa.exe 2149842967 or 0x80240017 WU_E_NOT_APPLICABLE?

Problem Symptom

Recently a lot of  Windows users reported 2149842967 or 0x80240017 WU_E_NOT_APPLICABLE error happens when executing Windows MSU update installation manually or trying to check for and install updates on Windows after searching for them automatically.

Based on the report so far, 2149842967 or 0x80240017 WU_E_NOT_APPLICABLE error happen when Windows user tries to install Windows update below:

The detailed error message is as below:

Windows Update Standalone Installer

The update is not applicable to your computer.

Solved: How do I fix Windows Update not applicable error 2149842967 or 0x80240017 WU_E_NOT_APPLICABLE?

Solved: How do I fix Windows Update not applicable error 2149842967 or 0x80240017 WU_E_NOT_APPLICABLE?

Windows Update

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Solved: How do I fix Windows Update not applicable error 2149842967 or 0x80240017 WU_E_NOT_APPLICABLE?

The Windows Event Log message for error 2149842967 states that:

Windows update could not be installed because of error 2149842967 (Command line: “C:\Windows\system32\wusa.exe” “C:\Temp\AMD64-all-windows10.0-kb3189866-x64.msu”)

Solved: How do I fix Windows Update not applicable error 2149842967 or 0x80240017 WU_E_NOT_APPLICABLE?

Solved: How do I fix Windows Update not applicable error 2149842967 or 0x80240017 WU_E_NOT_APPLICABLE?

Solved: How do I fix Windows Update not applicable error 2149842967 or 0x80240017 WU_E_NOT_APPLICABLE?

Windows update patch returned the error 2149842967 which converted to a hex value equivalent to 0x80240017. According to the list of WUSA codes stated in Windows Update Agent Result Codes, the error 0x80240017 referred to WU_E_NOT_APPLICABLE which means the operation was not performed because there are no applicable updates.

Follow the below solution steps to resolve Windows Update not applicable error 2149842967 or 0x80240017 WU_E_NOT_APPLICABLE.

Content Summary

Potential Causes
Pre-check
Solution 1: Make sure BITS is running and startup automatically
Solution 2: Execute SFC scannow and DISM
Solution 3: Manually download the update from Microsoft Update Catalog
Solution 4: Execute Windows Update Troubleshooter
Solution 5: Clear and flush the SoftwareDistribution folder
Solution 6: Disable defer receiving updates group policy
Solution 7: Manually install Windows Updates from CAB files
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Potential Causes

Windows Update not applicable error 2149842967 or 0x80240017 WU_E_NOT_APPLICABLE happen due to:

  • Corrupted system file.
  • The update is already installed.
  • The update you are trying to install might not be suitable for the Windows version.
  • The update does not match your Windows version, edition, build, bitness (processor architecture: x86, x64; ARM), or language.
  • The update has been replaced or a newer update has been installed that replaces this update.
  • The prerequisites for installing this update are not met.
  • The .msu update file from provided by third party may have been corrupted.

Pre-check

  • Reboot the Windows before starting to perform troubleshooting.
  • Make sure you have downloaded the full MSU update for Windows and not the Delta update package.
  • Make sure you have first installed the latest available Servicing Stack Update (SSU).
  • Make sure you have downloaded an update suitable for your version of Windows. You can check the Windows version, architecture, and build number with the following PowerShell commands:
Get-CimInStance CIM_OperatingSystem| select Caption, OSArchitecture
[System.Environment]::OSVersion.Version.build

Solution 1: Make sure BITS is running and startup automatically

Step 1: Press the Windows + R key to open the Run command.

Step 2: Type services.msc in the Run box and click on the OK button to open the Services management console.

Press the Windows + R key to open the Run command. Type services.msc in the Run box and click on the Ok button to open the Services management console.

Step 3: Scroll down to locate the Background Intelligent Transfer Service (BITS), right-click on it, and choose the Properties option from the context menu.

Scroll down to locate the Background Intelligent Transfer Service (BITS), right-click on it, and choose the Properties option from the context menu.

Step 4: Select Automatic on the Startup type drop-down menu if the policy is disabled.

Step 5: Click the Start button for the service if it isn’t running.

Select Automatic on the Startup type drop-down menu if the policy is disabled. Click the Start button for the service if it isn’t running.

Step 6: Press the Apply button to save the settings.

Step 7: Click the OK button to close the BITS window.

Step 8: Locate the Windows Update service.

Step 9: Right-click on it and select the Start option from the context menu.

Right-click on it and select the Start option from the context menu.

Solution 2: Execute SFC scannow and DISM

Step 1: Open the Command Prompt by searching cmd in the search box and clicking Run as Administrator.

Step 2: Type or copy-paste the following command in the command line and press the Enter key:

DISM /online /cleanup-image /restorehealth

Type or copy-paste the command DISM /online /cleanup-image /restorehealth in the command line and press Enter.

Step 3: Allow the process to complete. It might appear to be stuck at some point, but don’t interfere.

Step 4: When the process completes, type and press the Enter key.

sfc /scannow

When the process completes, type sfc /scannow and press Enter.

SFC will automatically scan and repair the system files on your PC.

Solution 3: Manually download the update from Microsoft Update Catalog

If the 2149842967 or 0x80240017 WU_E_NOT_APPLICABLE error prompt after Windows automatically checks for and downloads updates, you can try to install it manually by downloading it from the Windows Update Catalog. Follow below steps to ‘forcibly’ install the Windows update manually by downloading the update executable file from the Windows Update Catalog.

Step 1: Visit the Microsoft support site to find out the KB number for the latest released update located at the top of the list on the left sidebar.

Visit the Microsoft support site to find out the KB number for the latest released update located at the top of the list on the left sidebar.

Step 2: Copy the KB (Knowledge Base) number e.g. KB5015882) next to the latest released update for your Windows version.

Step 3: Visit the Microsoft Update Catalog page.

Microsoft Update Catalog

Step 4: Perform a search by pasting the Knowledge Base number you copied located at the top-left corner of the page.

Step 5: Click on the Search button at the top right corner.

Search for the failed update KB using the search function located at the top-left corner of the screen.

Step 6: Click on the Download button at the left and choose the CPU architecture (32bit or 64bit) and the Windows OS version.

Step 7: Execute the downloaded .msu installer with Run as Administrator option and follow the on-screen instruction to install it.

Step 8: Restart the Windows.

Solution 4: Execute Windows Update Troubleshooter

Run the in-built Windows Update Troubleshooter and see if that helps to resolve the Windows Update error.

For Windows 11

Step 1: Press the Window + I key together to open the Settings app.

Step 2: Click the System on the left sidebar.

Step 3: Scroll down and click on the Troubleshoot option in the right pane.

Scroll down and click on the Troubleshoot option in the right pane.

Step 4: Click on the Other troubleshooters option.

Click on the Other troubleshooters option.

Step 5: Click on the Run button for the Windows Update option under the Most frequent section.

Click on the Run button for the Windows Update option under the Most frequent section.

Step 6: Restart the Windows after the Windows Update Troubleshooter is finished running.

Step 7: Press the Window + I key together to open the Settings app.

Step 8: Click the Windows Update option.

Step 9: Click on the Check for updates button to download and install any available updates.

Click on the Check for updates button to download and install any available updates.

Step 10: If the 2149842967 or 0x80240017 WU_E_NOT_APPLICABLE error is not resolved, try to run the troubleshooter again to check for additional errors.

For Windows 10

Step 1: Click on Start.

Step 2: Go to Settings > Updates & Security > Troubleshoot > Additional troubleshooter.

Click on Start and go to Settings/> Updates & Security > Troubleshoot > Additional troubleshooter.

Step 3: Click on the Windows Update in the list of Additional troubleshooters.

Step 4: Click on the Run the troubleshooter button under the Get up and running section.

Click on the Run the troubleshooter button.

Step 5: Windows Update Troubleshooter will start to scan the system for any inconsistencies.

Windows Update Troubleshooter will start to scan the system of any inconsistencies. Wait until the initial scan is complete.

Step 6: Wait until the analysis is complete, then click on Apply this fix if a viable repair strategy is recommended.

Apply this fix for recording audio after run the troubleshooter

Step 7: Restart the Windows after the Windows Update Troubleshooter is finished running.

Step 8: Navigate to the Settings > Update and Security > Windows Update and click on the Check for Updates button to download and install any available updates.

Step 9: If the 2149842967 or 0x80240017 WU_E_NOT_APPLICABLE error is not resolved, try to run the troubleshooter again to check for additional errors.

For Older Versions of Windows

Step 1: Press the Windows + R key to open a Run box.

Step 2: Type control and press the Enter key to open the Classic Control Panel interface.

Step 3: Type troubleshoot in the search bar located at the top-right corner of the screen.

Step 4: From the list of search results, click on the Troubleshooting entry.

Step 5: Click on the Fix problems with Windows Update link under System and Security section to open the Windows Update Troubleshooter.

Click on Fix problems with Windows Update under System and Security to open the Windows Update Troubleshooter.

Step 6: Click on the Advanced link.

Click on Advanced.

Step 7: Check the Apply repairs automatically checkbox.

Check the box associated with Apply repairs automatically.

Step 8: Click on the Apply this Fix option and follow the on-screen prompts.

Click on Apply this Fix and follow the on-screen prompts.

Step 9: Restart the Windows.

Step 10: Perform the Windows Update check again.

Step 11: If the 2149842967 or 0x80240017 WU_E_NOT_APPLICABLE error is not resolved, try to run the troubleshooter again to check for additional errors.

Solution 5: Clear and flush the SoftwareDistribution folder

The Software Distribution folder in Windows is a folder located in the Windows directory and used to temporarily store files that may be required to install Windows Update on your computer. Clearing the contents of the SoftwareDistribution folder will able to reset the Windows Update components

Step 1: Disable the Internet connection.

Step 2: Click on the Start menu.

Step 3: Type cmd in the Search box on the taskbar.

Step 4: Right-click on Command Prompt from the App result, and select the Run as Administrator option from the context menu to open an elevated Command Prompt window. Select Yes if prompted by User Account Control.

Type cmd in the Search box on the taskbar. Right-click on Command Prompt from the App result, and select the Run as Administrator option from the context menu to open an elevated Command Prompt window. Select Yes if prompted by User Account Control.

Step 5: Type the following command and press the Enter key after each command to stop all the core services related to Windows Update: Background Intelligent Transfer, Windows Update, and Cryptographic Services.

net stop bits
net stop wuauserv
net stop appIDSvc
net stop cryptSvc
net stop msiserver

Type the following command and press the Enter key after each command to stop all the core services related to Windows Update: Background Intelligent Transfer, Windows Update, and Cryptographic Services.

Step 6: Type the following command and press the Enter key after each command to delete some files if you want to continue with resetting the update components.

Del “%ALLUSERSPROFILE%\Application Data\Microsoft\Network\Downloader\qmgr*.dat”

Step 7: Type the following command and press the Enter key after each command to change the name of the SoftwareDistribution and catroot2 folders.

Ren %systemroot%\SoftwareDistribution SoftwareDistribution.bak
Ren %systemroot%\system32\catroot2 catroot2.bak

Type the following command and press the Enter key after each command to change the name of the SoftwareDistribution and catroot2 folders.

Step 8: Type the following command and press the Enter key after each command to navigate back to the System32 folder in order to proceed with the final part of this method.

cd /d %windir%\system32

Step 9: Type the following command and press the Enter key after each command to reregister all of the files necessary for the BITS service to run and operate properly.

regsvr32.exe atl.dll
regsvr32.exe urlmon.dll
regsvr32.exe mshtml.dll
regsvr32.exe shdocvw.dll
regsvr32.exe browseui.dll
regsvr32.exe jscript.dll
regsvr32.exe vbscript.dll
regsvr32.exe scrrun.dll
regsvr32.exe msxml.dll
regsvr32.exe msxml3.dll
regsvr32.exe msxml6.dll
regsvr32.exe actxprxy.dll
regsvr32.exe softpub.dll
regsvr32.exe wintrust.dll
regsvr32.exe dssenh.dll
regsvr32.exe rsaenh.dll
regsvr32.exe gpkcsp.dll
regsvr32.exe sccbase.dll
regsvr32.exe slbcsp.dll
regsvr32.exe cryptdlg.dll
regsvr32.exe oleaut32.dll
regsvr32.exe ole32.dll
regsvr32.exe shell32.dll
regsvr32.exe initpki.dll
regsvr32.exe wuapi.dll
regsvr32.exe wuaueng.dll
regsvr32.exe wuaueng1.dll
regsvr32.exe wucltui.dll
regsvr32.exe wups.dll
regsvr32.exe wups2.dll
regsvr32.exe wuweb.dll
regsvr32.exe qmgr.dll
regsvr32.exe qmgrprxy.dll
regsvr32.exe wucltux.dll
regsvr32.exe muweb.dll
regsvr32.exe wuwebv.dll

Step 10: Type the following command and press the Enter key after each command to reset Winsock.

netsh winsock reset
netsh winhttp reset proxy

Type the following command and press the Enter key after each command to reset Winsock.

Step 11: Type the following command and press the Enter key after each command to start the services you closed before.

net start bits
net start wuauserv
net start appidsvc
net start cryptsvcnetsh winhttp reset proxy

Step 12: Restart the Windows.

Step 13: Enable back the Internet connection.

Step 14: Press the Windows logo key and type PowerShell and in the resulting list, Right-click on Windows PowerShell and select Run as Administrator option from context menu.

Step 15: Enter the following command in the PowerShell and press enter: wuauclt.exe /updatenow

Solution 6: Disable defer receiving updates group policy

Windows has a few policies which prevent Windows from installing features, quality, preview builds, or critical updates for a given time range and provoke the error “This update is not applicable to your computer”. Check if one of those policies is set.

Step 1: Go to the Start Menu and type gpedit to perform a search.

Step 2: Click on the Edit group policy to proceed.

Go to the Start Menu and type gpedit to perform a search. Click on the Edit group policy to proceed.

Step 3: Go to Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Windows Update > Manage updates offered from Windows Update.

Step 4: Make sure the below settings are set to Disabled or Not configured:

  • Select when Preview Builds and Feature Updates are received.
  • Select when Feature Updates are received.
  • Select when Quality Updates are received.

Disable defer receiving updates group policy

Disable defer receiving updates group policy

Step 5: Click the OK button to save the change.

Step 6: Restart the Windows.

Solution 7: Manually install Windows Updates from CAB files

You can install the MSU update file by extracting the CAB file and installing it directly to a Windows image using DISM or the Add-WindowsPackage command instead of WUSA tool (Windows Update Standalone Installer).

Step 1: Execute the below command to extract the MSU update file:

expand -f:* "C:\Temp\windows10.0-KBXXXXXXX-x64.msu" C:\Temp\KBXXXXXXX

Step 2: A CAB will appear in the C:\Temp\KBXXXXXXX directory with a name like Windows10.0-KBXXXXXXX-x64.cab.

Step 3: Execute the below command to install this CAB update file using DISM.exe:

DISM.exe /Online /Add-Package /PackagePath:c:\Temp\Windows10.0-KBXXXXXXX-x64.cab

or

PowerShell command:

Add-WindowsPackage -Online -PackagePath "c:\Temp\Windows10.0-KBXXXXXXX-x64.cab"

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