I have a PC which cannot use Windows Update.
It's running Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit, and when it came to me it did not have SP1 applied, nor many Windows Updates from before SP1. I installed SP1 from the full-file installer and it worked fine.
When attempting to run Windows Update, it shows the available updates (around 95 important updates) and I can click the Install Updates button, but within a couple of seconds of doing that, I get an error 80246008 message telling me that the updates all failed. If I select just one update, I get the same error.
suggests ensuring that the Background Intelligent Transfer Service (BITS) service is (re)started, but BITS does not even appear in the list of Services. They also have a FixIt
download which is supposed to "automatically diagnose and repair Windows Update issues that Windows Update doesn’t work or fails because Windows Update is broken or disabled", but it just reports "Troubleshooting is complete. Repair Windows Update components: Not Fixed".
says that if BITS is missing, it can be reinstalled by clicking Start, click Run, and typing
%windir%\System32\rundll32.exe setupapi,InstallHinfSection DefaultInstall 132 %windir%\inf\qmgr.inf
but that returns simply "Installation failed"
Any ideas on how to get BITS installed and running again? That may not be this machine's only problem, so I'm open to other suggestions, but it seems the only lead I have right now.