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Windows can't check for updates

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#1 Timbo1957


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Posted 24 March 2011 - 05:05 PM

I have the little blue icon with the gold circle at the bottom of the screen which usually signifies updates being downloaded or ready to be installed.

At the moment this is saying "Windows can't check for updates".

When I click it and check for updates I get an error message code 80070426.

I have searched on line and one suggestion was to go to services, select Software Licensing and select Start. (The service status is stopped).

When I do this I get another Error message - Error 0x004e002: 0x004e002.

Some suggestions for this error are to download a registry fixing tool. I have heard that can be very dangerous if you don't know what your are doing like me.

I did try a System Restore back to the beginning of the month, that did produce a couple of updates but after they had been installed the problem came back.

I have no idea what all this means and am not a "techy" so any step by step help would be very much appreciated.

Many thanks for any help.

Edited by Timbo1957, 24 March 2011 - 05:07 PM.

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#2 pip22


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Posted 25 March 2011 - 03:35 PM

Back up all your user files then re-install Vista from either the Vista DVD or the PC maker's Recovery media.

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