Re: Vista -- Failed to initialize datastore, error = 0xC8000FA1
First of all, thank you for taking the time to respond to my post!
Well let me answer a few of these questions.
This is 32-bit Vista with SP1 included in the install disc.
I am using AVG free 8.0, but have tried the DataStore wipe with the
antivirus turned off, and while running safe boot: minimal.
I admit that it's possible that this is a hardware problem, however, there
are a few things that make that doubtful to me:
1) This computer has run Vista before without issue. I tried running Server
2008 and ran into driver problems on a few of my components, so I went back
2) Another thing that leads me to believe that this problem is
software-based is the fact that updating worked when I first installed, then
broke after the first round of updates were installed.
I was able to uninstall most of those updates and after clearing the
SoftwareDistribution reinstalling Windows Update Agent 3.0 and MSXML3 SP7 I
was able to use Windows Update again, but it broke yet again after the
updates were re-installed.
One thing that occurred to me is that when I first installed Vista I didn't
properly set the time zone. I fixed it some time before I tried uninstalling
the updates that were installed immediately prior to Windows Update breaking,
but since I know little of how Windows Updates works under the covers, I
admit the possibility that it may have preserved some artifact of a problem
introduced by having the time zone improperly set.
"MowGreen [MVP]" wrote:
> Some *thing* is corrupting DataStore.edb.
> Is Vista SP1 installed ? If not, whatever ails the system will *most*
> likely be cured by it's application.
> Which antivirus/security suite/popup/cookie blocker/3rd party
> firewall/toolbars is/are installed ?
> Is the installed AV/sec suite configured to scan the DataStore subfolder
> in the SoftwareDistribution subfolder ?
> If none of the above are installed and it's just a 'bare-bones' Vista,
> then the *some thing* is hardware related.
> MowGreen [MVP 2003-2008]
> *-343-* FDNY
> Never Forgotten
> vithi wrote:
> > Getting this error when attempting to check for updates after installing all
> > available updates on a clean install of Vista and restarting as prompted.
> > Have tried the SoftwareDistribution folder deletion fix and every other
> > suggestion I could find online for other errors (as this one does not appear
> > anywhere).
> > At some point, after a combination of SoftwareDistribution deletions,
> > uninstalling updates, updating Windows Update Agent and other things that I
> > can't remember, I got it to finally get the list of updates to show and even
> > downloaded and installed them.
> > After installing the updates and rebooting, I'm back where I was.
> > Here are the updates that were installed:
> > Security Update for Microsoft Windows (KB941693)
> > Security Update for Microsoft Windows (KB947864)
> > Security Update for Microsoft Windows (KB948590)
> > Security Update for Microsoft Windows (KB948881)
> > Update for Microsoft Windows (KB905866)
> > Update for Microsoft Windows (KB943729)
> > Update for Microsoft Windows (KB947572)
> > Update for Microsoft Windows (KB938371)
> > Update for Microsoft Windows (KB937287)
> > Update for Microsoft Windows (KB935509)
> > HELP! PLEASE! I'm going crazy.