I have been all over the web and seem to have done everything, but this problem won't be cured.
It began with the March 9 Security Updates download. They did not appear, and WU has been Red Shielding, 08 Error messaging ever since.
My PC's cv: Win 7 HPE 64-bit, SP1. Installed from Disk.
What this comes down to: there seems to be an access problem; I don't have "Permission" to install. The consensus of opinion is that a virus piggybacked [not a rare event] with these last Updates. When I ran the System File Checker the first time, it found 4 KB of bad sectors, which it removed. SFC since then has found no problems.
Occasionally, I've been able to get back to the "green" window, and WU notes/lists the fact that MSE Updates have happened. Absolutely no other Updates are mentioned. Red Shield times, "you have never checked for updates". I've been able to download Net Frame Updates and those for MS Office, as they are .exe. They list only in Control Panel programs. I Installed a package called 360 [I use this with my VMware XP guest, as MS have abandoned XP support]. 360 can "Patch" Windows Security Updates, albeit a couple of months old. I tried this, and apparently it worked, though where the updates went after MS configured them, who knows.
I tried PC World's fix, using the Install disk to do an Upgrade repair. It couldn't download any Updates and encountered "an error" and wouldn't proceed. The only step left is to use the disk to erase C: and start from there; a daunting proposition.
The only 3rd-Party fixes seem to be pay 30 Bucks for a hyped-up registry cleaner.
Any ideas, please?