Try manually installing the WU Agent for your system - get the link from this article
A new version of the Windows Update Agent is available
TaurArian [MVP] 2005-2008 - Australia
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"Rosco" <Rosco@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
| Pleeease Help!!
| just did a new clean install of vista business version and trying to do the
| first windows update...
| Its says i must first install new windows update software, goes to a
| 'downloading and installing updates' progress bar but it fails and says
| 'windows could not search for new updates' and displays error code 80073712