I had several PCs that just didn’t want to install any Windows Updates. After going through the process, the update box would display a message that said “Error(s) found: Code 80243004 – Windows Update encountered an unknown error.” I searched for a solution to this problem for months. Several forums referred me to a few potential fixes, but they never worked for me. Fortunately, I stumbled upon a real fix for this error accidentally.
I actually lived with this being a problem on several PCs for a while without resolution. Then one day I started playing around with the Notification Area settings on one of the problematic PCs. After I changed some settings, I realized later that Windows Updates had miraculously installed on the computer. Could this be the fix?
I tried the following on my other Windows 7 computers:
- Open “Control Panel“.
- Select the “View by” dropdown in the upper-right corner of the window and select “Large” icons.
- Select “Notification Area Icons“.
- Check the “Always show all icons and notifications on the taskbar“, then click “OK“.
For some reason, this did the trick. Windows Update consistently ran after I made this change on all my Windows 7 PCs. Why this worked for me, I’ll never know.
Did this tutorial work for you? Please share your experience in the comments section.