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Can't start automatic updates service

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#1 chadoww


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Posted 25 December 2008 - 11:47 PM


I am trying to update windows on my mother in law's computer (XP) but I am unable to do so. I went into services and BITS and Event Log are started but Automatic Updates are disabled.

I will set it to automatic and then click start to start the service and it displays the following error:

"Could not start automatic updates service on local computer. Error 1058. The service can't be started either because it is disabled or it has no enabled devices associated with it".

If there is any help anyone can provide it would be greatly appreciated.


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Posted 26 December 2008 - 12:50 AM

Go to Start> Run and type in CMD.EXE and then click OK.

When the black page with the white lettering opens type in the following and then click on enter.

rundll32.exe setupapi,InstallHinfSection DefaultInstall 132 %systemroot%\inf\au.inf

Running this command prompts you for the XP installation CD. Use Browse button and navigate to C:\Winnt\Servicepackfiles\I386 where wuapi.dll and other files related to Automatic Update Client can be found. After running this command, you must restart your computer.

Once restarted, you can open the Services control panel applet and check to ensure the Automatic Update Service is installed.


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Posted 26 December 2008 - 07:01 PM

Try setting the Automatic Updates service to Automatic.
Then click OK to apply the changes
Then reopen the dialog and then try to start the service.

Exit the dialog again to see if the Automatic Updates service has returned to Disabled - if so, I'd suspect malware and would recommend a couple of these free, online scans: http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/blogs/usas...?showentry=1252
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Posted 24 January 2009 - 04:45 PM

Sorry it took so long for a response. The issue has been corrected. The computer was completely whacked and I had to wipe it out and start from scratch.

Thanks for the help anyways.

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