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Solved: Can't check for updates

Discussion in 'Windows Vista' started by rainforest123, Feb 8, 2013.

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  1. rainforest123

    rainforest123 Thread Starter

    Dec 28, 2004
    Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version
    OS Version: Microsoft® Windows Vista™ Ultimate, Service Pack 2, 32 bit
    Processor: AMD Athlon(tm) 64 X2 Dual Core Processor 4600+, x64 Family 15 Model 75 Stepping 2
    Processor Count: 2
    RAM: 3581 Mb
    Graphics Card: NVIDIA GeForce 8600 GTS, 256 Mb
    Hard Drives: C: Total - 76316 MB, Free - 9148 MB;
    Motherboard: ASUSTeK Computer INC., M2N-E
    Antivirus: AVG Internet Security, Updated: Yes, On-Demand Scanner: Enabled

    This is a different computer vs the one for which I started a thread, within the past 3 weeks.

    I built this system early 2007; installed W7 Ultimate by upgrading XP Pro to Vista Pro; then upgraded from WV Pro to WV Ultimate.

    After W7 became available, I removedd the WV HDD & installed W7 from a complete W7 DVD; no upgrade of Vista.

    Today, I removed teh W7 HDD & connected the Vista HDD.

    I uninstalled AVG 2010; then ran teh AVG remover tool; rebooted; ran AVG remover tool, again, rebooted.
    Installed MSE. No error messages during install of MSE.

    I am using Vista's FW.

    I noticed that no updates had occurred, unsurprisingly, since 2010.

    In the system tray, I was notified that Windows Update "can't check for updates".
    Auto updates had been & still is set to automatic.

    Clicking on "check for updates" resulted in no updates; circle of wait.

    I ran an autofix from Microsfoft; but here I am.

    I am a member of the admin group; tried to rename c:\windows\softwaredistribution, but I was notified that I lacked permissions [ or ownership; faulty cerebral memory ].
    I tried to take ownership, and thought I had done so, successfully, but when I tried to rename c:\windows\softwaredistribution, I was informed that I need permission
    I logged off, logged on as "Administrator", same problem.
    EAch time I had tried to take ownership.

    Booted to safe mode, logged on as Administrator; joyously able to rename c:\windows\softwaredistribution
    Booted to normal mode, logged on as <user>,
    10 min later, Vista still checking for updates.
    Good news is that the sys tray no longer notifies me that it "can't check for updates".

    Becasuse I renamed c:\windows\softwaredistributon , my update history is blank.

    Windows Update service has been & is started; automatic

    NO BSODs.

    In event viewer, the only reference to Vista Updates regards "Language Pack"
    Log Name: System
    Source: Microsoft-Windows-LanguagePackSetup
    Date: 2/8/2013 6:47:34 PM
    Event ID: 1001
    Task Category: Language Pack Setup Wizard functionality
    Level: Error
    User: SYSTEM
    Computer: mydogbob
    Application initialization failed. Last error: 0x80070032
    Event Xml:
    <Event xmlns="http://schemas.microsoft.com/win/2004/08/events/event">
    <Provider Name="Microsoft-Windows-LanguagePackSetup" Guid="{7237fff9-a08a-4804-9c79-4a8704b70b87}" />
    <TimeCreated SystemTime="2013-02-09T01:47:34.090Z" />
    <Correlation />
    <Execution ProcessID="212" ThreadID="204" />
    <Security UserID="S-1-5-18" />
    <Data Name="Error">0x80070032</Data>

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