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Vista hasn't updated since June last year

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My friend has had this machine since the middle of last year. Updates have been failing to install or even download since SP1 failed to install. I have included a Screenshot of the last time any updates were applied. As you can see there is an SP1 failure and the security update before that was the last successful actual Windows update to be applied. There is also another SP1 fail a few days before that too. The only updates after the SP1 failure are Defender updates and Office updates and these are all successful.

I have tried the instructions in http://www.vistax64.com/software-tools/183498-windows-update-reset-repair-tools.html but none of those work (the first step is non-existant and when I try and install the Windows Update agent it just responds with the usual 0x8000FFFF (Catastrophic error i believe code). After doing the manual reset of the Windows Update and going to the inbuilt Windows Update it now comes up with the 0x8000FFFF error and says it can't search for updates which it was doing before. If this is the result of the failed SP1 update, is there anyway to remove the partially failed installed components of it? Any help would be great.

On the odd occasion the hard drives seem to 'spin up' causing a delay in either watching movies or doing anything relating to copying.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v652/paliente/UpdatesFailure.jpg

The PC is running Vista Ultimate x86 and is a Quad core 6600. It's also a HP machine which I personally dislike and would never recommend these pre-built bloatware machines to anyone.
 
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My Computer

System One

  • CPU
    E8400
    Motherboard
    Gigabyte EP45-DSL3
    Memory
    4GB Corsair C5
    Graphics Card(s)
    Galaxy 8800GT
    Hard Drives
    640GB

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#2
My friend has had this machine since the middle of last year. Updates have been failing to install or even download since SP1 failed to install. Due to my housemate not seeming to use any initiative in looking for a solution, I'll do it for him. I have included a Screenshot of the last time any updates were applied. As you can see there is an SP1 failure and the security update before that was the last successful actual Windows update to be applied. There is also another SP1 fail a few days before that too. The only updates after the SP1 failure are Defender updates and Office updates and these are all successful.

I have tried the instructions in http://www.vistax64.com/software-tools/183498-windows-update-reset-repair-tools.html but none of those work (the first step is non-existant and when I try and install the Windows Update agent it just responds with the usual 0x8000FFFF (Catastrophic error i believe code). After doing the manual reset of the Windows Update and going to the inbuilt Windows Update it now comes up with the 0x8000FFFF error and says it can't search for updates which it was doing before. If this is the result of the failed SP1 update, is there anyway to remove the partially failed installed components of it? Any help would be great.

On the odd occasion the hard drives seem to 'spin up' causing a delay in either watching movies or doing anything relating to copying.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v652/paliente/UpdatesFailure.jpg

The PC is running Vista Ultimate x86 and is a Quad core 6600. It's also a HP machine which I personally dislike and would never recommend these pre-built bloatware machines to anyone.
yes they usually come with every free application known to man pre-installed on the machine, but hey thats just my opinion.
the solution to your problem however can be found here > When I open Windows Update in Control Panel, I receive an error code of 8000FFFF
simply download the application and it should resolve the issue for you.
 

My Computer

System One

  • Manufacturer/Model
    Custom Build
    CPU
    Intel Q6600 @ 2.8GHz
    Motherboard
    Evga NF78-CK-132-A 3-Way SLI
    Memory
    8Gb DDR2 Corsair Dominator @ 1066Mhz 5-5-5-15
    Graphics Card(s)
    EVGA 560 GTX SC FTW 1GB
    Sound Card
    Realtek ALC888 7.1 Audio, Logitech G35 7.1 Surround Headset
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Dell S2409W 16:9, HDMi, DVI & VGA
    Screen Resolution
    1920 x 1080
    Hard Drives
    Samsung 7200rpm 250Gb SATA,
    Samsung 7200rpm 750Gb SATA,
    WD 7200rpm 1TB SCSI SATA.
    PSU
    Xigmatek 750W Quad sli quad core 80% eff
    Case
    Antec 900 Gaming Case
    Cooling
    Zalman CNPS9700-NT NVIDIA Tritium, Dominator RAM cooler
    Mouse
    Razor Lachesis Banshee V2 Blue, 4000DPI
    Keyboard
    Logitech generic keyboard
    Internet Speed
    16Mb Sky bb
    Other Info
    Wireless Gaming Receiver for Windows, Wireless Xbox 360 Pad, Wireless Xbox 360 Les Paul Guitar

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