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Stop update service:
in run type services.msc, go to windows update and right click select stop.
Rename your softwaredistribution folder:
Go to C:\Windows and find the folder named SoftwareDistribution and rename it to something else.
NB to do this you will have to first make it visable (folder options>show hidden files), you may also have to alter permissions on the folder (right click>properties>security and make sure your user account has the permission to alter the file), also uncheck the read only box, then apply
now create a new folder called SoftwareDistribution in c:\Windows
Restart windows update:
in run type services.msc, right click on windows update and select start
Now restart your computer, and try to use windows update.
This worked for, can't say it will for everyone, the fix is not mine - found it on a newsgroup but can't find it now so can't give the credit to the person that did come up with it
Also I've been qute careful about what updates I've installed now, only installing essential ones, checking the rest to see if they apply to me-most don't.
Hope this helps