Update errors are not a black sheep, but rather a norm for most Windows users. Anyone who has been using Windows for long enough has come across update errors preventing users from getting new patches and fixes. Unfortunately, like any operating system, Windows can lose stability in certain segments, including updates. Although there have been a large number of mistakes already discussed on our blog, their end is barely visible on the horizon. This time we are looking at 0x80092004, another error code that causes update issues. Actually, this specific error exists from Windows 7-10 when installing KB4474419, KB4512506, KB4512486, KB4340557, KB4340558, as well as other fixes. Error 0x80092004 can also be seen under the name of CRYPT_E_NOT_FOUND: Cannot find object or property, which basically means that Windows failed to locate the crypto value and ultimately refused an update. Usually, there are common reasons for these errors to appear – corrupt/missing files and issues with the updates themselves. Depending on each individual case, the reasons may also vary. That is why the best way to fix 0x80092004 is to try every solution that we have mentioned below. There are a few, but they won’t take too long to complete if followed closely. Be sure to watch them below.

Launch the Windows Update troubleshooter

Update Troubleshooter is a built-in utility designed to resolve various issues encountered by users and Windows itself. Yes, it’s hard to say that Windows Troubleshooter is often not enough to solve most problems, but it’s still a good idea to give it a try before moving on to other methods. After launching, the built-in utility will scan your system for potential issues and try to resolve them using automatic algorithms.

Open Settings and navigate to Update & Security > Troubleshoot.
In the right pane, find Windows Update and click Run the troubleshooter.
Complete the process by following the on-screen instructions and restart your PC.

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Make sure that no system files are missing or damaged

Below, we will use both SFC (System File Checker) and DISM (Deployment Image Servicing and Management), which will detect and restore missing components, if any. Make sure to use both of these scans using the sequence below. This is how:

SFC

Open Command Prompt by typing cmd in the search box next to Start Menu.
Right-click on Command Prompt and choose Run as administrator.
Once the console opens, enter the sfc /scan now command and click Enter .
After the repair process is complete, restart your computer.

DISM

Open Command Prompt like we did in the previous step.
Copy and paste this command DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth.
Click Enter and wait for Windows to finish scanning and repairing.
When done, restart your PC and reinstall the update.
After performing these two scans, try installing the updates again. If that doesn’t work, proceed to the alternative error solutions below.

Download the servicing stack update

If none of the items mentioned above helped you resolve the issue, you should try downloading Servicing Stack Updates (SSU). In short, SSU ensures that your PC has the latest stack version, which helps your system to receive and install Microsoft updates properly. You never know if he is absent or not. But you can still check it safely and easily by downloading the latest version for your system (32-bit or 64-bit) from Microsoft Update Catalog.

Update the components of Windows

Another great method to try while troubleshooting update-related issues are to reset Windows Update settings. So let’s try to do it below. The whole procedure involves restarting the BITS, Cryptographic, MSI Installer and Windows Update services, as well as renaming some update folders (SoftwareDistribution and Catroot2). Based on this, we will force Windows to remove corrupted items and create updated components from scratch.

Below we will show you two ways to perform this step. The first requires entering and executing each console command in a manual sequence. The other method involves batch script which is written in Notepad and saved as WUReset.bat. There is no real difference in which one you choose. The whole procedure may seem more advanced but still won’t take too much time and knowledge to do it. Just follow the steps listed below:

Using manual steps

Open Command Prompt by typing cmd in the search box next to Start Menu.
Right-click on Command Prompt and choose Run as administrator.
Copy and paste this list of commands one by one by clicking Enter after each. (This action will disable the services responsible for Windows Updates )

  • net stop wuauserv
  • net stop cryptSvc
  • net stop bits
  • net stop msiserver

Next, we need to rename the folders mentioned above. Simply paste these commands by clicking Enter after each.

ren C:\Windows\SoftwareDistribution SoftwareDistribution.old
ren C:\Windows\System32\catroot2 Catroot2.old

Finally, all that remains is to reactivate the deactivated services. So apply these commands in the same way as we did previously.

  • net start wuauserv
  • net start cryptSvc
  • net start bits
  • net start msiserver

Now we are all done. Go to Windows Update Center and try to install again.

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Using the Batch Script

This is an alternative method to the previous one. A batch script is used to run a similar set of commands to reset all Windows Update components, cryptographic services, and folders like SoftwareDistribution. It is not that difficult as you might imagine, but rather easier than the previous one. All you need is a Windows Notepad and some copy-paste magic:

Open a new Notepad file. To do this, right-click on any free area of ​​your desktop, choose New and Text Document.
Then paste this list of commands into your notepad:
@ECHO OFF
echo Simple Script to Reset / Clear Windows Update
echo.
PAUSE
echo.
attrib -h -r -s %windir%system32catroot2
attrib -h -r -s %windir%system32catroot2.
net stop wuauserv
net stop CryptSvc
net stop BITS
ren %windir%system32catroot2 catroot2.old
ren %windir%SoftwareDistribution sold.old
ren “%ALLUSERSPROFILE%\Application Data\Microsoft\Network\Downloader” downloader.old
net Start BITS
net start CryptSvc
net start wuauserv
echo.
echo Task completed successfully…
echo.
PAUSE

Once you’ve pasted it, click Drop > Save As and name it WUReset.bat. Make sure to set Encoding to ANSI and save the file to the location of your choice.

Finally, you can right-click on the file, select Run as administrator and enjoy automatic reset for Windows updates.

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The beauty of batch scripts is that they help to perform all the steps at once without typing commands manually. If you ever experience similar issues in the future, you can run the already created .bat file to reset the update components.

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