Windows update error 8024402f fix for Norton users

We have some useful information to share for those that have recently been having problems with encountering Windows update error 8024402f on Norton or just without any reason.

We know that a number of Windows users have been suffering this week, specifically to do with using Norton and resulting in the 8024402f error when uninstalling Norton Internet Security via the Norton Removal tool, or in Add/remove programs.

Fortunately, there does appear to be a few Windows update error 8024402f fix methods that you can try if you constantly see the ‘An error occured while checking for new updates’ message.

Microsoft knows that this is a known problem as they have already set up a help page here advising users what to do if they get the Windows update error 8024402f on PC.

Microsoft suggests to 1: Close Windows Update, 2: wait 10 to 15 minutes, and 3: then run Windows Update again. If that fails then they advise users to run the Windows Update Troubleshooter for further assistance.


Digging deeper though, we found out that the root of the problem could be caused by the Norton Removal tool removing a key file that causes the Windows update to break.

The file in question is the ‘FilesNotToBackup’ file and instructions on how to locate it on your computer is included in the image above.

If you have tried other methods and still can’t fix the Windows update error 8024402f, then it may be worth ensuring that you have the file mentioned above in the correct place.

See if this works for you if you have been having problems with this and let us know how you get on with it. Leave us a comment to help other users realize that the Norton Removal Tool could be the culprit at work here.

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Written by Alan Ng

Alan has been working for Product-Reviews since 2009 and became the Editor-in-chief in 2014. He has a passion for technology, the latest mobile phones and gadgets, and the gaming industry. Alan is a graduate of Canterbury Christ Church University and completed a B.A in Commercial Music in 2008. While expressing a keen interest in all areas that PR cover, you'll usually find Alan in the gaming section, where he'll be keeping enthusiasts up to date on all the latest news and reviews for consoles and PC.

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