Confirmed I have the latest updater, v7.0.6000.374A.
Trawled the net extensively, found this link which basically contains all of the information to be found on the net on the subject, in one place.http://www.amset.info/windows/auto-updates...tomatic-updates
- deletes the software distribution folder
- deleted windows update logB.
Since the windows firewall options are greyed out, it is stubbornly staying on. tried to reset security policies with no luck. so, I'm going into the registry key to try to disable it manually:HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\WindowsFirewall\StandardProfile
in the EnabledFirewall key
, changing the value to 0 (from 1).C.
Download iuctl.cab, from here:http://v4.windowsupdate.microsoft.com/cab/...icode/iuctl.cab
Extract the cab and install the iuctl.inf file.D.
Run system file checker. ( sfc \scannow ) This is towards the end of my list, because I didn't run into this problem until I did a repair install. Presumably no files will have changed since then.E. (LAST RESORT)
Install Dial-A-Fix, http://wiki.djlizard.net/Dial-A-Fix
(I am very wary of downloading this one, because I'm not exactly sure how it works, and therefore not sure how to undo any changes it will have made).F. (LAST LAST RESORT)
Flatline and reformat.
Will try it soon, in the next couple of days or so. Any feedback or ideas are really, really appreciated.