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Windows update fails: error code 0x80070008

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Windows Server 2003 Standard SP2.

When trying to run windows updates, it downloads them but fails before installing with: Error Code: 0x80070008.

I've read a few articles online regarding trying to delete the contents of c:\windows\softwaredistrubution\ downloads and eventchache folders.  Before trying this without really know if this is a safe procedure, I figured I'd ask here first.  

Anyone seen this before and can offer a working solution?

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by:DewFreak
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I would start there. It is safe.
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Deleting the SoftwareDistribution folder is safe and is in some KBs form Microsoft to help fix issues. Everything necessary to work will rebuild itself. The only real piece of data you will lose is the "history" of windows updates - this basically just has what updates were installed when and if they succeeded, failed, etc. The updates will still be in add/remove programs and function normally and not be reinstalled or anything similar.
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by:GDavis193
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There are 2 software distriution folders.. one under c:]windows and c:\windows\system32

Both are ok to purge?
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by:DewFreak
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c:\windows
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by:GDavis193
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OK, I just renamed the folder and am trying again...
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by:geowrian
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Make sure to stop/start the Automatic Update service. Start -> Run -> cmd (enter) -> net stop wuauserv (enter) -> net start wuauserv (enter)
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by:GDavis193
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yeah I stopped the automatic update service, bits, and crypt before doing this.
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by:Donald Stewart
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Try resetting windows update components



http://support.microsoft.com/kb/971058
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by:GDavis193
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That link is for Vista
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by:GDavis193
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Answered, explained it, and it worked.  Thanks!
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