After days of searching on the internet, I finally decided to come to you fine wonderful people for some help. I have pulled out most of my hair, do not want to lose any more of it. So HOPEFULLY someone can help.
To start this off, the Operating System I am dealing with is Windows 7 64 bit.
So at one point in time, all my workstations used the Windows Server Update Service (WSUS). They do not use that service anymore. Actually that server isn't even here anymore. I was doing some usual clean up on my workstations and realized a Windows Update had not been installed for some time now. I went to run Windows Update, and it came back with this message and error code: Windows is unable to search for new updates. Error Code : 80073712. I tried all the other workstations, and same error message with same error code.
Now for the troubleshooting steps I have done. I have verified that all the settings are set for Windows Updates to download and install. I have verified that the Group Policy for WSUS is no longer in affect. I have navigated to the registry key HKLM\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\WindowsUpdate in an attempt to Reset the registry value UseWUServer = dword:0x0, or to simply delete the key all together. BUT the key does not exist anywhere in my registry. I have attempted the Hot Fix System Update Readiness Tool, and still no luck. I still cannot get Windows Update to work. One of the troubleshooting steps was to do a "Repair Install" which is essentially just doing an upgrade and leaving your old windows in a windows.old folder. A step of which, I honestly just cannot do. I have attempted a couple of other Hot Fixes, but still with no luck. The next step would be to do an SFC scan.
Now to another issue all together.... sfc /scannow will not work no matter what I try. The error message I get when I try to run sfc is: Windows Resource Protection could not perform the requested operation. I was advised to run a chkdsk on the system to see if that could repair anything and possibly get sfc to work. My workstations have SSD's in them, and everywhere I look, a chkdsk is not a safe to do on SSD's. So that option is out (unless someone on here can show otherwise). I have tried to run sfc from DART and it fails. I have tried to run it from a Windows 7 disk and it fails. I have tried in Safe Mode, and it fails... All with the same error message. I have also tried to run: sfc /scannow /offbootdir=e:\ /offwindir=c:\windows. E:\ is my System Reserve drive, and C:\ is where my Windows is installed. I get the same exact error. (NOTE* I have ran both just the simple sfc /scannow and the /offbootdir /offwindir is all scenarios) I have also ran a command to reset all permissions for the Windows folder and everything within it. (cd /D %windir% *press enter* icacls * /T /Q /C /RESET) I have also ran Disk Cleanup to get rid of any temp files that could be getting in the way. Also have ran Temp File Cleaner (TFC) from this lovely website as well. Still no luck...
Now I have uploaded to this post a copy of the log from the sfc scan. I have cut and pasted from the CBS log the most recent scan as the WHOLE CBS log is way too big to upload. Trying to decipher log files is not a strong troubleshooting skill I have. Something I need to work on honestly. Hopefully someone on here has better experience trying to read a log file. If ANYONE could please help me out, that would be greatly appreciated. It is getting to a point to where I feel that my only other option is doing a wipe and reload. Which I REALLY REALLY REALLY do not want to do...
Thank you for anyone that takes the time to read all of this.