Solved: automatic update service not working

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XxShadowGhostxX

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ive recently encountered a problem with automatic update. it doesnt seem to want to turn on,nor can i get any updates through windows updates..when i try to start it through administrative services i get this error....(error 1058: the service cannot be started either because its disabled ,or because it has no enabled devices associated with it)..however,automatic updates is turned on to "automatic" and "background intelligence transfer" and "event log" are also on. it just doesnt seem to want to start.when i click on "windows update" to update my computer on the web it tells me that there was an error starting this service because one of these three services is not running,however they are all running. my clock will also not synchronize either,no matter how i try.i cannot find any other services that might effect automatic updates from running. i have windows xp sp3. this just started today. ty
 
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Are they running or not? You say "it doesnt seem to want to turn on" and "they are all running". Which is it? It can't be both.
 

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the services that require automatic updates are running. "automatic update service" is set to "automatic" but it is stopped and will not run when i try to start it. sorry,i worded it wrong.
 
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Try System Restore. That may repair any damaged registry entries. Has anything been done to the machine that may have damaged the registry or removed files? Any "fix-it" programs?
 

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as a matter of fact yes..i used "ccleaner" to clean out the registry. i also had system restore turned off :( so i guess that means a complete renewell installation of xp? i should have known better i guess..
 

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i have found a way to fix this and it worked instantly!.evidently i did delete something from the registry. i found a script that uninstalls then reinstalls automatic update service.it only took aprox. 5 seconds. ty so much for the help. just in case anyone else has this problem i would like to share this fix :) however this is not for (vista or 7).type this script into notepad,then save it as "aureinstall.cmd" without the quotes. i saved it into documents folder. here is the script ...


net stop bits
net stop wuauserv
regsvr32 /u wuaueng.dll /s
del /f /s /q %windir%\SoftwareDistribution\*.*
del /f /s /q %windir%\windowsupdate.log
regsvr32 wuaueng.dll /s
net start bits
net start wuauserv
wuauclt.exe /resetauthorization /detectnow



once its saved,double click on it and it will run itself. it worked great for me :)
again ty for all your help :)
 
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