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Windows Update broken on Vista SP2 ... error 80096001

I had a virus on this computer and now windows update will not work.  I tried the fixit for me [agressive is no longer an option] and it failed to correct the problem.

The OS is Vista 32 bit and the error is 80096001
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John HurstBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
Try System File Checker (SFC /SCANNOW at a command prompt and restart). Then download the service pack for your machine and try to install manually.  ... Thinkpads_User
Click on "start" and click the "All programs" button, then find "accessories" and find the Icon that says Command Prompt and the Right mouse click command Prompt and select as Administrator.

you should be at a black screen with white letters

At the command prompt windows type this: net stop wuauserv and then hit the enter key

leave the command prompt window open

next go to the computer Icon and click on your C: drive, then click windows, then find a folder call softwaredistribution, either delete it or  rename the softwaredistribution folder.

the go back to the command prompt widow and type: net start wuauserv and hit enter

Retry doing your windows update.
vic45708Author Commented:
By running SFC I found directories that had problems with permissions.  Both answers assisted in having the Windows Update corrected.  Neither alone would have solved the problem.

Thanks for the help.
John HurstBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
Thank you for the update. I was pleased to help. .... Thinkpads_User

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