Error code 0x80246017 during Windows update

The Windows Update error code 0x80246017 occurs relatively rarely, but today we would like to go into more detail about this Windows Update error code, because it can have different causes.

First, we have shown you the error code 0x80246017 in the figure below.


The exact error message from code  0x80246017 is:

There were problems installing updates. We’ll
try again later. If this message continues to
appear and you want to search the Internet or
contact support for further information (0x80246017)

0x80246017 as the cause of missing user rights

According to Microsoft information, error code 0x80246017 means a ” WU_E_DM_UNAUTHORIZED_LOCAL_USER ” error. This indicates that the user who wants to install the Windows updates does not have the necessary rights to download the Windows updates. In this case, you should check whether the user’s access rights are set correctly and whether the missing Windows updates can be installed as an administrator if necessary.

Remove old and no longer used device drivers

Another cause for the update error 0x80246017 can be old and unused Windows device drivers. For this reason, you should start a command prompt with administrator rights and then execute the following command.

rundll32.exe pnpclean.dll, RunDLL_PnpClean / DRIVERS / MAXCLEAN

Then you should remove all connected USB devices from your PC and restart your Windows PC once. Please also check whether there is still enough free hard disk space . You should have at least 30 GB of free space on your system partition when you perform a Windows feature update. For smaller cumulative updates, 10 GB is usually sufficient.

Then please perform another Windows update with administrator rights. Now the update error code 0x80246017 should no longer appear.

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