Microsoft needs to create a Knowledge Base article on the fix for this error.
As of today (11-19-07), no such article exists. The solution has bee posted
several times in the last few months in the Microsoft Windows Update
Community discussion group. If I had not searched there, I would not have
found an answer.
Here is what worked for me, and for many others. The fix does not seem to
be PC brand dependent -- I have seen how it has fixed Dells, Toshibas, etc.,
so it is not an OEM version problem:
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1. Click on Start and in the Search box type in regedit.
2. A new program will be listed in the same window. Now right click the
regedit program and then select the option run as administrator.
3. Now go into HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\COMPONENTS and check if these three values
the COMPONENTS key:
5. Providing they do exist, then delete the three above values.
6. Restart the computer, and Windows Update should now be working fine.
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