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Published: September 10, 2012 | Applies to:

This article will illustrate you how to troubleshoot if you receive "Windows Could Not Search For New Updates error'' in Windows 8 or later.

We all want an updated Windows as it updates features and provides fluidity to OS. In other words, Windows Updates are the important component of Windows which manages the perfect working of other components. However in Windows 8 or later, under some circumstances, you might experience the error to install updates.

In our case, we received following error:

Windows could not search for new updates

An error occurred while checking for new updates for your computer.

Windows Update encountered an unknown error.

Read : Windows Update Ran Into A Problem. Error Code 8024A008

In this article, we’re going to share you some easiest ways to fix up such issues and got your PC working as usual to install new updates. So here we go…

FIX 1 : “Windows Could Not Search For New Updates” In Windows 8

1. Press +W, type troubleshooting, click on resulted program.

2. In the Troubleshooting window, select View all.

3. Run the troubleshooter for these services, and then try installing updates, it will work up.

FIX 2 : “Windows Could Not Search For New Updates” In Windows 8

We all know that most of installation related errors can be fixed by System File Checker. This fix up the broken things and works as adhesive to join them. You can launch System File Checker in following way:

Open the Administrative Command Prompt. Type SFC /SCANNOW.

That’s it. Reboot and retry to install the updates. It should work fine now.

FIX 3 : “Windows Could Not Search For New Updates” In Windows 8

1. Press + R, type services.msc and press OK.

2. Then in Services window, look out for Background Intelligent Transfer Service. Click on it.

3. If you are really facing the issue, then this service will be stopped. Click on Start in below window followed by Apply and OK.

Reboot and re-try to install updates. So these are some ways that works in case you’re unable to install the new updates.

Hope something helps!

Recommended :

1. [How To] Prevent Forced Reboot After Installing Windows Updates In Windows 8

2. [FIX] Error Code 0x80070424 For Windows Update, Microsoft Update & Windows Firewall In Windows 7, 8

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  • thnk for some useful tips……………

  • I tried this and it didn’t work :( I get this in my command prompt:

    Microsoft Windows [Version 6.2.9200]
    (c) 2012 Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved.

    C:windowssystem32>SFC /SCANNOW

    Beginning system scan. This process will take some time.

    Beginning verification phase of system scan.

    Windows Resource Protection could not perform the requested operation.


    I cant do anything on my computer because of this stupid error. and I cant even download stuff from windows update cause of this error code 80070570(assuming its the same since the numbers are the same from the error that wont let me delete stuff)

    Please help!!

  • Kapil Arya

    ^^ Sorry if that didn’t worked. Firstly try to fix Windows Update issues using the fixes provided in following article:

    And then try the SFC command again. It should work fine :)

  • Ok so I said the command prompt and the last thing it said was that the verification process was 100% complete. It didn’t give me any results though. I restarted anyways, did I mess up? I waited over 10 mins after it was done to make sure it was done and nothing happened, not even fan speed changes. Should i have been told if it found something wrong? And since i restarted afterwards, did it possibly get fixed even without telling me if something was wrong or not?

  • Kapil Arya

    ^^ Let the scan complete itself. If it found any corrupted files, it will repair them. The scan time depends upon the corrupted files on the system. So retry the commands again, if it found and repair any corruption, it will notify you like the message “Windows Resource Protection didn’t found any integrity violations” for no corruption.

  • This really worked! thanks a lot!!!

  • Using background intelligent transfer service worked for me Thanks

  • Hi :) I did all of the steps here and here : . I still cant update and I can still see the error 8024A008 . In your first link , Everything was sucessful . But I checked the windows update I still cant update so I checked once again in the comment box and see this one . I followed every single steps and I rebooted it also but how come it still cant update ? Please help me :(

  • Kapil Arya

    ^^ Have you tried Windows Update Automated Troubleshooter? If yes, do let me know what it reported you back.

  • I run it :) And it says all of them are fixed but If I check for updates still keeps on loading and loading :( Should I reset my laptop now ? :(

  • Kapil Arya

    ^^ Yeah, since you’ve already tried all the possible ways to fix.

  • If I reset my windows , will it need a new product key ? And also do you have an instructions for that ? Thank you for always replying

  • Kapil Arya


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