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Unable to turn on/off automatic updates

  1. #11


    Posts : 10
    Windows 8


    No luck. I still get the original error box when I go to the control panel and try and click on windows updates.

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  2. #12


    Posts : 2,480
    Windows 10 Pro x64
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  3. #13


    Posts : 10
    Windows 8


    That didn't work either.
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  4. #14


    Posts : 10
    Windows 8


    I found the directions to "manually reset windows update components." I'm copying the link below. I think I can follow these directions and do this, but I don't know how to back up the registry. Is that hard to do? Is this even something I should attempt? I ran the "fix it" tool on the page, but it couldn't fix the problem. Here's the link where I found this info.

    How do I reset Windows Update components?
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  5. #15


    Posts : 2,480
    Windows 10 Pro x64


    That's from the link I gave you. No, it's not hard. Here are the instructions: How to back up and restore the registry in Windows

    You have to be very careful while doing this, as it can cause serious problems if not done right.
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  6. #16


    Harrisonburg, Va.
    Posts : 10,488
    Windows 8.1.1 Pro with Media Center


    Try running, in an administrator CMD prompt---

    Dism.exe /online /Cleanup-Image /StartComponentCleanup

    Then run---


    Dism /Online /Cleanup-Image /RestoreHealth

    Then run sfc /scannow

    & reboot.
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  7. #17


    Posts : 10
    Windows 8


    Okay, that's it. It's over. Not even going through all those steps fixed the problem. It's still giving me the same stupid error. I can't get in to perform Windows 8 updates so I can't upgrade to Windows 8.1. There's a corrupt file somewhere that's just not going to let itself be fixed. I give up. Thanks for all the help though.
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