Error: WU_E_SELFUPDATE_REQUIRED_ADMIN - Windows Update Agent must be updated before search can continue. An administrator is required to perform the operation.

How to fix the Windows Update Error WU_E_SELFUPDATE_REQUIRED_ADMIN 0x8024D012

This article discusses Error WU_E_SELFUPDATE_REQUIRED_ADMIN, also known as 0x8024D012 and it means Windows Update Agent must be updated before search can continue. An administrator is required to perform the operation.

About Windows Update Error

There are numerous potential errors that a user may encounter when downloading and installing Windows updates.

When these kinds of errors occur, you may experience a number of things that can help you what steps you need to perform in order to resolve the problem. Here are symptoms, causes and probable resolutions to the problem.

Definitions (Beta)

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  • Administrator - An administrator account is a user account on an operating system which allow make changes that can affect other users including, but not limited to, the creation and restriction of user accounts, change operating system options including security settings, install software and drivers, access all files.
  • Agent - Questions about programming software agents or programming in an agent-oriented environment.
  • Continue - A language construct typically used to bypass the rest of a loop and return to the beginning for the next iteration.
  • Required - Required is an HTML attribute of an input element that forces that the input be supplied.
  • Search - Questions about search algorithm mechanics and implementation
  • Windows update - Windows Update WU, a service offered by Microsoft, provides updates for the Microsoft Windows operating system and its installed components, including Internet Explorer


While updating computer, user might suddenly experience a sudden slow processing or a download which fails to complete. The failing computer might also go into a sudden reboot, either a single instance of the computer shutting down or a continuous loop which prevents user to log into the computer. Error messages might also come up the screen.

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What could have happened? Windows Updates are downloaded from Microsoft. File corruption may happen at any time when updates are downloaded due to different reasons. It may be because the previous update did not install properly. It can also be because there was a problem receiving the file, which may be due to problems with system files. Whatever the case may be, users can correct the problem by following these repair methods.

Repair Methods

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For Windows 7
  • Right click the Network icon on the system tray, located on the right bottom part of the desktop.
  • Click Troubleshoot problem. It will launch a wizard which will diagnose the problem.
  • Run the wizard and let it finish.
  • Run Windows Update after running the troubleshooter to check if the problem is fixed.
For Windows 8
  • Press the Window key on your keyboard. This is the key with the Windows logo just beside the Ctrl key.
  • On the appearing search box, type Network problems, it will come up with several search results, choose Identify and repair network problems.
  • Run the Wizard that will come up and let it finish diagnosing and applying correction to the problem.
  • Run Windows update once again.
For Windows 10
  • Click the Start button, then click the Settings button to open settings.
  • On Windows Settings, click Update & Security.
  • On the left side, click Troubleshoot, then click Windows Update on the tab that will appear on the right side.
  • This will run the troubleshooter and apply fix to the problem.
  • After this is done, run Windows Update again to see if the problem was fixed.
You might have downloaded the update several times and it's still doing the same thing. You can then try clearing the Updates folder by doing the following:
  • Click Windows key on your keyboard together with the letter R to open the Run window.
  • On this window, type c:\Windows\SoftwareDistribution\Download, then click OK.
  • This will launch the folder where the downloaded Windows updates are.
  • Highlight everything by clicking Ctrl+A on the keyboard, then Delete everything in the folder.
  • Sometimes some of the files will be difficult to erase. Just try deletion over again until nothing is left in the folder.
  • Run Windows update again to check.
Your security center might be preventing the files from getting downloaded. If tha is the case, then just open your antivirus program by right clicking on it on your system tray, then disable it from there. Then run the updater again after this action. Just remember to turn it on again after downloading and installing the Windows updates so that your computer will be protected again.
Your computer might be using an external device like an external drive or an external DVD or SD card reader. These devices might also cause your computer to act in an abnormal manner. In that case, disconnect the device by unplugging device or by going to the Device Manager and by disabling them from there.
When all else fails, you can use the Installation disk or download a copy of the Media Creation Tool to install updates from the disk.
Windows 7
Installing updates from the Windows 7 DVD is done pretty much the same way as clean install except for a few differences:
  • Instead of booting from the DVD, you can run the installer inside windows.
  • Make sure you are logged in an administrator account.
  • Ensure that you have added the installer in your Security Center exclusion or you may disable your firewall and antivirus to ensure that will not be a problem.
  • Place your installer disk into your DVD drive and run autoplay. If it did not automatically run, you may right click the DVD drive and click run autoplay.
  • You will see the AutoPlay window, just click Run Setup.
  • Once the installer is up, click Install Now button.
  • The next screen should give you the option to Go online to get the latest updates for installation. Before clicking that, make sure that the radio button at the bottom of that window is not ticked.
  • This will run the search and install utility, wait for it to finish.
  • Next screen will show you license terms, click the radio button to accept, then click next.
  • Then you will see two options, to do a Custom Install or an Upgrade.
  • Click the Upgrade button and let the computer install the upgrade.
  • Just let the process finish, supply any information that may be asked of you.
Windows 10
Windows 10 users have rarely experienced problem downloading updates using normal procedure but in case you are one of the rare cases when this occur, you may download the Media Creation Tool from Microsoft.
  • Make sure you have a blank flash drive where you will install your windows 10 media creation tool.
  • Download the installation file from It will guide you through the process.
  • Once done, open Windows Explorer and click the flash drive on the list of drives.
  • Double click the Setup.exe file to launch installation file.
  • Select language, time and currency format and input method, then click next.
  • Click Install Now button. This will lead to the next window which will allow Upgrade or Custom installation.
  • Click Upgrade to install upgrades.
  • Follow the prompts and let installation finish.
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Come fissare WU_E_SELFUPDATE_REQUIRED_ADMIN (0x8024D012) - L'agente di Windows Update deve essere aggiornato prima che la ricerca possa continuare. Per eseguire l'operazione è necessario un amministratore.
Hoe maak je WU_E_SELFUPDATE_REQUIRED_ADMIN (0x8024D012) - Windows Update Agent moet worden bijgewerkt voordat het zoeken kan worden voortgezet. Er is een beheerder vereist om de bewerking uit te voeren.
Comment réparer WU_E_SELFUPDATE_REQUIRED_ADMIN (0x8024D012) - L'Agent Windows Update doit être mis à jour pour que la recherche puisse continuer. Un administrateur est requis pour effectuer l'opération.
어떻게 고치는 지 WU_E_SELFUPDATE_REQUIRED_ADMIN (0x8024D012) - 검색을 계속하려면 Windows 업데이트 에이전트를 업데이트해야 합니다. 작업을 수행하려면 관리자가 필요합니다.
Como corrigir o WU_E_SELFUPDATE_REQUIRED_ADMIN (0x8024D012) - O Windows Update Agent deve ser atualizado antes que a pesquisa possa continuar. É necessário um administrador para realizar a operação.
Hur man åtgärdar WU_E_SELFUPDATE_REQUIRED_ADMIN (0x8024D012) - Windows Update Agent måste uppdateras innan sökningen kan fortsätta. En administratör krävs för att utföra åtgärden.
Как исправить WU_E_SELFUPDATE_REQUIRED_ADMIN (0x8024D012) - Перед продолжением поиска необходимо обновить агент Центра обновления Windows. Для выполнения операции требуется администратор.
Jak naprawić WU_E_SELFUPDATE_REQUIRED_ADMIN (0x8024D012) - Windows Update Agent musi zostać zaktualizowany przed kontynuowaniem wyszukiwania. Do wykonania operacji wymagany jest administrator.
Cómo arreglar WU_E_SELFUPDATE_REQUIRED_ADMIN (0x8024D012) - El Agente de Windows Update debe actualizarse antes de que la búsqueda pueda continuar. Se requiere un administrador para realizar la operación.

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Applies To: Windows 10, Windows 8.1, Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP, Windows 2000

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