Can't start cryptographic service -- error 126

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?
LVL 2
smitty22Asked:
Who is Participating?

[Product update] Infrastructure Analysis Tool is now available with Business Accounts.Learn More

x
I wear a lot of hats...

"The solutions and answers provided on Experts Exchange have been extremely helpful to me over the last few years. I wear a lot of hats - Developer, Database Administrator, Help Desk, etc., so I know a lot of things but not a lot about one thing. Experts Exchange gives me answers from people who do know a lot about one thing, in a easy to use platform." -Todd S.

war1Commented:
smitty,
   Herre is how to fix the Cryptographic service

http://www.updatexp.com/cryptographic-service.html
0
smitty22Author Commented:
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).
0
AlexJCommented:

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
0
Acronis True Image 2019 just released!

Create a reliable backup. Make sure you always have dependable copies of your data so you can restore your entire system or individual files.

LeeTutorretiredCommented:
Have you tried running the System File Checker to test for missing or corrupted Windows system files?  Start -> Run -> SFC /scannow
0
smitty22Author Commented:
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.
0
smitty22Author Commented:
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.
0

Experts Exchange Solution brought to you by

Your issues matter to us.

Facing a tech roadblock? Get the help and guidance you need from experienced professionals who care. Ask your question anytime, anywhere, with no hassle.

Start your 7-day free trial
war1Commented:
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.
0
bobwat007Commented:
See Microsoft Knowledge Base Article - 822798
0
It's more than this solution.Get answers and train to solve all your tech problems - anytime, anywhere.Try it for free Edge Out The Competitionfor your dream job with proven skills and certifications.Get started today Stand Outas the employee with proven skills.Start learning today for free Move Your Career Forwardwith certification training in the latest technologies.Start your trial today
Windows XP

From novice to tech pro — start learning today.