Can't start automatic updates on machine

I have a windows XP machine that can not start the service for automatic updates. When I try I get an error 0xc06d007e?
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have you tried to update from instead of inside windows?
Try the steps outlined here:
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WellingtonISAuthor Commented:
THe machine is starting just fine.  I can't get to windowsupdate because I'm getting an error there too.
One thing I try whenever I have odd errors like this is running Windows System File Checker.  You will need an XP cd with your current Service Pack.  Pop in the CD and run the following from the command line:
sfc /scannow

It can take a while to run, but will replace any broken Windows files. Reboot when done and try again.  If this doesn't fix it, try reinstalling SP3. You can get it here:

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Windows update can have lots of problems.

Throw the following into a file called doit.bat

rem Stop BITS
Net Stop "Background Intelligent Transfer Service"

rem Stop Windows Update Service
Net Stop "Windows Update"

rem change to Windows Software Distribution Directory--DataStore
cd "%windir%\SoftwareDistribution\DataStore"

echo Wipe the %windir%\SoftwareDistribution\DataStore folder
rem wipe everything out in the DataStore folder
erase "%windir%\SoftwareDistribution\DataStore\*.*" /Q /F /S
rem wipe any sub directories
for /d %%X in ("%windir%\SoftwareDistribution\DataStore\*") do rmdir /s /q %%X 

rem change to download folder
cd ..\Download

echo Wipe the %windir%\SoftwareDistribution\Download folder
rem wipe everything out in the Downloads folder
erase *.* /Q /F

rem loop through all sub directories in Download and kill them all
for /d %%X in ("%windir%\SoftwareDistribution\Download\*") do rmdir /s /q %%X 
rem Start Windows Update Service
Net Start "Windows Update"

rem Start BITS
Net Start "Background Intelligent Transfer Service"

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Save that file and then run it.  It should attempt to fix some windows update problems.
Next be sure your firewall and IE allow access to windows updates.
Check the hosts file for bogus entries also:

If it has the windows updates address in there and it points to a bad address that would cause it--malware might add this.
WellingtonISAuthor Commented:
OK i just restarted the machine and got a strange error... The application or DLL C:\system32\sfc_os.dll isn not a vaild windows image.  Going to try to reinstall service pack 3
There is no c:\system32 by default if that is not c:\windows\system32 you have an infection.
WellingtonISAuthor Commented:
no virus.  I just simply reinstalled service pack 3 and ti work.  This was the closest solution. thanks everyone.
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