Vista Update Service missing


I am trying to solve an issue that seems to be asked before but none of the suggested solution have worked. My aim is NOT to format the computer.
So, I keep encountering an 80070424 error with Windows update. When I try to install the update Agent installer I get Fatal Error, without any code. Anything other update that i try to install manually gives me an error of a missing or ungregistered service. Having checked two Vista machine healthy has wups2.dll in registry whereas the second machine doesn't. Apparently, please correctly if I am wrong, I seem to have an unregistered service. How do I solve this??????

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gkarydisConnect With a Mentor Author Commented:
Ended by formating computer.

no solution found. Tried:
1. downloading update manager
2. restarting manually service(s)
3. addon through microsoft to repair fault

Vista IS activated.

I have the exact same problem, Vista laptop x64 and I am unable to obtain Windows updates.  I have gone over all the steps I could find on Experts-Exchange so far.  I tried downloading Vista SP2 and I got an error that states ERROR SERVICE DOES NOT EXIST 0x80070424 which is oddly enough the same error code I get when trying to do a Windows Update out of control panel.  Can anyone help here?
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Hi gkarydis,

Have you tried running Dial-a-fix? Here's a link
Yes I tried that, it doesn't run against Vista
I ended up wiping the machine.  I only had the weekend to work on it and my buddy has to go back to school now so we had to wipe it.  
Gregg DesElmsConnect With a Mentor Commented:
gkarydis wrote: "I am trying to solve an issue that seems to be asked before but none of the suggested solution have worked."
And precisely what suggested solutions were those?  There's no point in re-inventing the wheel, here, so tell us:  What have you tried which hasn't worked... precisely?
gkarydis wrote: "My aim is NOT to format the computer."
No argument here.  I am constantly appalled by the so-called "experts" who so easily and quickly throw-in the towel and resort to wiping and re-installing.  There is no problem (or at least darned few of them) which cannot be fixed without resorting to that extreme.
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