What is the Error Code 0x80092004? It appeared when I tried updating my Windows 10 PC. What can I do to fix it?

Microsoft releases quality updates for Windows 10 regularly. These updates contain security patches, updated device drivers, and other improvements that ensure that your system runs as smoothly as possible.

Microsoft recommends checking for and installing new updates from time to time. However, some users could encounter unexpected issues such as the Error Code 0x80092004.

Why Do I Get the Error 0x80092004 on Windows 10?

The error occurs when the update you are trying to apply is faulty. Unfortunately, Microsoft may have released the update without confirming its efficacy. When an update turns out to be problematic, Windows Update reverts the installation and displays the Error 0x80092004. However, corrupt system files could also cause this problem.

How to Fix the Update Error 0x80092004

There are a number of solutions you can initiate to effectively resolve the 0x80092004 error code. Take a look:

  1. Install servicing stack updates
  2. Get rid of the faulty update
  3. Clear the Windows Update temporary cache folder
  4. Check for corrupt system files
  5. Run the Windows Update troubleshooter
  6. Download the update via the Microsoft Update Catalog

Let’s proceed to the steps for applying each of the solutions.

Fix 1: Install Servicing Stack Updates

Servicing stack is a component of the Windows OS. It is responsible for the installation of Windows updates. When it runs into an issue, getting the latest version will help fix it. Servicing stack updates ensure that the Windows Update process remains reliable. If you do not have the latest servicing stack, you probably won’t be able to run Windows Update to obtain security fixes.

So, here’s what you have to do:

  1. Press Windows + I to open the Settings app.
  2. Click on the Update & Security tile.
  3. Click on Windows Update in the left pane.
  4. Click the Advanced Options link on the right-hand side of the page.
  5. Turn off automatic updates by clicking the drop-down menu under ‘Choose how updates are installed.’ Then, select Never.

Note: Alternatively, instead of turning off automatic updates, you can pause them:

  • Under Pause Updates, expand the drop-down for Pause Until and select a date.
  1. Restart your computer.
  2. Open your Microsoft Edge browser and visit the link below to install servicing stack updates:

https://portal.msrc.microsoft.com/security-guidance/advisory/ADV990001

  1. Afterward, re-enable automatic Windows updates.

Fix 2: Get Rid of the Faulty Update

When an update fails, the system removes the installation and rolls back to its previous state. To proceed, you need to try clearing out the faulty update package before running another update. Follow the steps shown below to get it done:

  1. Press the Windows key on your keyboard to open the Start menu.
  2. Type “CMD” (no quotes) and right-click on Command Prompt when it comes up in the search results.
  3. Click on Run as Administrator.
  4. Click the Yes button when the User Account Control box appears.
  5. When the Command Prompt (Admin) window opens, run the following lines one after the other:

dism.exe /online /remove-package /packagename:Package_for_RollupFix_Wrapper~31bf3856ad364e35~amd64~~16299.248.1.17

dism.exe /online /remove-package /packagename:Package_for_RollupFix_Wrapper~31bf3856ad364e35~amd64~~16299.192.1.9

dism.exe /online /remove-package /packagename:Package_for_RollupFix~31bf3856ad364e35~amd64~~16299.192.1.9

  1. Restart your computer and open Command Prompt (Admin) again. Then run the following line:

Dism.exe /online /Cleanup-Image /StartComponentCleanup

Afterward, you can go ahead and install new Windows updates.

Fix 3: Clear the Windows Update Temporary Cache Folder

When the system downloads updates, it stores the temporary files in the SoftwareDistribution folder. After it installs the new update successfully, it deletes the files. However, when an installation fails, the temporary files will remain in storage and may cause disruptions on your PC. Before attempting to retry the installation of Windows updates, it is advisable to clear the contents of the SoftwareDistribution folder.

Follow the steps as shown:

  1. Go to the Start menu and type “CMD” (no quotes) into the search bar.
  2. Right-click on Command Prompt and click on Run as Administrator.
  3. On the User Account Control prompt, click Yes to allow Command Prompt to make changes to your computer.
  4. Now, run the following commands one after the other (type or copy and paste them. Then, press Enter to run them):
  • net stop wuauserv
  • net start cryptSvc
  • net start bits
  • net start msiserver

The first command stops the Windows Update service. The second stops the cryptographic service, the third stops the background intelligent transfer service (BITS) and the last one stops the MSI installer.

  1. After successfully stopping the services, open File Explorer (Windows + E) and navigate to C:/Windows/SoftwareDistribution. Press Ctrl + A to select all the contents of the SoftwareDistribution folder. Then, press Shift + Delete to get rid of them.

Note:If the system indicates that the files are in use, restart your computer and try deleting the files again.

  1. Now, you need to restart the services you stopped earlier. So, open Command Prompt (Admin) and run the following lines:
  • net start wuauserv
  • net start cryptSvc
  • net start bits
  • net start msiserver
  1. Close the Command Prompt (Admin) window and close File Explorer. Then, restart your computer.

Fix 4: Check for Corrupt System Files

Corrupt system files can cause a myriad of issues on your PC, including the Windows Update Error Code 0x80092004. However, you can put things in order with the DISM and SFC command-line tools. Here’s how:

  1. Press the Windows key on your keyboard to open the Start menu.
  2. Type “CMD” (no quotes) into the search bar.
  3. Right-click Command Prompt in the search results and click on Run as Administrator.
  4. Click the Yes button on the User Account Control dialog.
  5. When Command Prompt (Admin) opens, type in the following line and press Enter to execute it:

DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth

  1. Wait for the scan to complete. Ensure that you don’t interrupt it. You may want to plug in your PC to avoid running out of battery power.
  2. Now, type in the next command below and press Enter on your keyboard to execute it:

Sfc /scannow

Note:When typing the command, note that there’s a space between ‘Sfc’ and ‘/scannow.’

  1. When the SFC scan is complete, close Command Prompt (Admin) and restart your PC. Then try the Windows update again.

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Fix 5: Run the Windows Update Troubleshooter

Windows comes with a built-in solution that helps resolve common issues. You should consider running it just to ensure that you leave no stone unturned. Follow the steps below:

  1. Open the Windows Settings app by pressing the Windows + I combination on your keyboard.
  2. Click the Update & Security tile.
  3. Click on Troubleshoot in the left pane.
  4. Select Windows Update and click the Run the Troubleshooter button.
  5. Restart your PC after the scan is complete.

Fix 6: Download the Update via the Microsoft Update Catalog

If you are still having issues installing the new update, you can get around the issue by obtaining the update from Microsoft’s website. They keep an update catalog where you can search for and download the update you need. Follow these easy steps to get it done:

  1. Open the Windows Settings app – Simply press the Windows key + I combination on your keyboard.
  2. Click the Update & Security tile.
  3. Click on Windows Update on the left pane.
  4. Click the View Update History link on the right pane.
  5. Locate the problematic update and note the identification code.
  6. Open your Microsoft Edge browser and visit http://www.catalog.update.microsoft.com/home.aspx
  7. Enter the update’s identification code in the search bar and press Enter.
  8. Locate the update. Then, download and install it.
  9. Restart your system.

Tip: Once the download is complete and you aren’t sure how to install it, you can use an elevated Command Prompt to get the job done:

  • Go to the Start menu and type “CMD” (no quotes) in the search bar. Then, right-click on Command Prompt and click on Run as Administrator.
  • Click the Yes button on the User Account Control dialog.
  • Run the following command:

wusa C:\PATH-TO-UPDATE\NAME-OF-UPDATE.msu /quiet /norestart

Note:Ensure that you replace PATH-TO-UPDATE and NAME-OF-UPDATE with the update’s location on your PC and the name of the update.

  • Your system will restart automatically after the command executes.

If the system displays an error message that reads, ‘CRYPT_E_NOT_FOUND’ during the installation process, it means that the update cannot be applied on your PC. This is due to cryptographic values mismatch. However, that will not happen as long as you have already installed the latest servicing stack updates, as shown in Fix 1 above.

Conclusion

This guide shows how to fix the Windows Update Error 0x80092004 on Windows 10. We do hope you’ve benefited from it. If you still face any issues after applying the solutions presented above, we suggest seeking the help of your local PC repair expert. You can also contact Microsoft customer service for assistance.

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