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Can't start cryptographic service -- error 126

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I'm unable to install any updates from Windows Update. I believe I've traced the problem down to the Cryptographic service that *should* be running. I've tried manually starting the service but get this error:

    Error 126: The specified module could not be found.

The Cryptographic service depends only on the Remote Procedure Call service, which I've verified *is* running.

Any ideas?
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by:war1
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smitty,
   Herre is how to fix the Cryptographic service

http://www.updatexp.com/cryptographic-service.html
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Thanks.  I had looked at that page before and it doesn't quite address the problem.  That page assumes the cryptographic service isn't running b/c the RPC service isn't running (but it is running in my case).
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by:AlexJ
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If you have any problem with windows update site,
have U looked here

http://v4.windowsupdate.microsoft.com/troubleshoot


The article posted for cyptographic service is extremely good but How did U traced out that the problem lies in Cryptographic
service and not anwhere else???

R u getting any error while doing updates or something else???

Plz update otherwise the trobleshoot link is best of my knowledge to resolve most of the update issues.

All the best

Alex
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by:LeeTutor
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Have you tried running the System File Checker to test for missing or corrupted Windows system files?  Start -> Run -> SFC /scannow
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by:smitty22
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AlexJ >
I've tried the suggestions on the WU troubleshoot page to no avail.

I've traced the problem to the cryptographic service because when I attempted to directly install the update from the executable downloaded to WUTemp, I get a message saying something to the effect of "Can't verify the file update.inf, please ensure the cryptographic service is running".  At that time I noticed that crypto service wasn't running afterall, and all attempts to start it resulted in the Error 126 I mentioned.


LeeTutor >
I'll give that a shot tonight when I get home.
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None of the above worked.  I ended up fixing the problem by using the System Restore to rollback my system to the date I performed my last successful windows update.  This meant I had to redo any software installations I did in between then and now, but that's minor.

Thanks for your suggestions.
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by:war1
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smitty22,
   Glad you fixed the problem.  You may want to post a 0-point note in Community Support board with a link to this page to close this question and get your points back. Community Support board link is the CS tab at the top of the page.
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by:bobwat007
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See Microsoft Knowledge Base Article - 822798
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