I am running Windows Vista 64bit Service Pack 2
The hard drive died so I replaced it and then installed Windows from the Dell re-installation disc.
I then installed a backup Image I had created with Paragon Personal Backup 9 so ended up with a 2 year old version of Windows Vista 64 bit SP2 with no updates since then.
Everything is working fine after I installed various software updates and updated drivers.
But the ONE thing that won't work is WINDOWS UPDATES (oh, and I noticed that Windows Defender won't update either, since someone said if I update that first then Updates will work, so I tried that.)
The disc image I installed is around 2 years old so I really need to update Windows.
I see that the version of the Windows Update Agent is old. Seems to me THIS may be the problem.
However I cannot find anything online about how to Download and Install the new one. All I find are "Fixes" and so far none of them have worked.
Already tried this:
Fix the problem with Microsoft Windows Update that is not working
Also tried these:
Aside from the above I've also done these things:
Went into the Services list and made sure the proper services were set on Automatic and Started, based on instructions I found on some other page about this problem.
I ran command prompt:
"Windows Resource Protection found corrupt files but was unable to fix them.
Details are included in CBS.Log windir\Logs\CBS\CBS.log
for example C:\Windows\Logs\CBS\CBS.log "
I understand that I can manually fix the files but I see a number of errors and have no idea how to fix them.
As I tried to install the Windows Update Standalone Installer I got this error:
" Installer Encountered An Error: 0xC8000247 "
WINDOWS UPDATE ERROR CODE:
Not getting any because Windows Update will not run.
First of all when I open up the Update panel it hangs for quite a while: blank white window with spinning wheel icon.
"CANNOT CURRENTLY CHECK FOR UPDATES BECAUSE THE SERVICE IS NOT RUNNING"
However, according to the Services panel it IS running; that is it says "Started". Actually it was on Automatic Delayed Start and I changed it to Automatic > Started. Have tried restarting my computer after making both changes and neither has worked.
I have run Malwarebytes after updating it to latest definitions and have also run a full scan using AVG after updating it. Nothing was found.
I have validated my copy of Vista as genuine at Genuine Microsoft Software.
Dell XPS 430
Vista Home Premium 64-bit
Intel Core™2 Q8200 Quad-Core (4MB L2 cache,2.33GHz,1333FSB)
6GB Dual Channel DDR3 SDRAM at 1066MHz - 4 DIMMs
750GB - 7200RPM, SATA 3.0Gb/s, 16MB Cache
ATI Radeon HD3650 256MB Graphics
Integrated 7.1 Audio (IDT/Sigmatel 126.96.36.19917 codec 5-22-08;
6.0.6000.16386 HD Device 6-21-06)
Single Drive: 16X CD/DVD burner (DVD+/-RW) w/double layer writeCBS.zip