Hi. Windows Update has not been working on my Windows 7 x64 Ultimate PC. I was too busy during the school semester to address the issue, so the issue has been around for a while.
I have cleaned out all the issues in the Action Center.
I used the Update Troubleshooter. It reported "Repair Windows Update components" and "Fixed". But then I ran the troubleshooter again and it gave me the same message.
I ran Update, but it failed again.
I ran "sfc /scannow", it fixed some problems. I re-ran "sfc /scannow" and it found no problems. I ran Update Troubleshooter, again, and it said Windows Update Components were "Fixed", again.
I ran Update, but it failed (again).
I ran a checkdisk (on Windows restart). It found something wrong with "C:\Windows\Installer\890b53b.msp" and said it fixed them.
I ran Update, but it failed. I ran Update Troubleshooter and it fixed Win Update Components, again.
I ran Update one more time, but it failed.
I tried to open C:\Windows\Installer\890b53b.msp and got the warning "This patch package could not be opened. Contact the application vendor to verify that this is a valid Windows Installer patch package."
I also tried Win Update with AVG (virus scanning software) turned off. Now what do I do?
I cannot do a system restore because I've let this problem linger and the restores only go back to 5/19 (why so few? where are the rest?).
I can't figure out if I can just delete the installer .msp file. I can't figure out how to fix it. I don't like that Windows is such a disk hog (on my small SSD). Edit
: There are no previous versions of the .msp file.
I want to avoid doing a re-install (even though it seems like Windows must be re-installed approximately every year anyway).
Other symptoms (I think unrelated):
How can I fix the problem with 890b53b.msp? How can I fix Windows Update?
- Some Gadgets don't seem to work right. The clock, CPU monitor and a third party, Control Panel 2.2 from Legiones, gadgets disappear each time I restart Windows; but Calendar and a third party gadget, Thinkvantage Status, work correctly. Clock does not change when I change it's opacity setting.
- The system freezes routinely. Of course, I am renowned (among my classmates) for having many tabs open in many windows, while downloading and watching movies.
Sorry for the too-long post; and thanks, in advance, for any help. Please beware that I may not always be able to follow your suggestions in a timely manner, but will reply to you sooner or later.
Rhetorical question: Why must Update re-download files it has already downloaded, but failed to install? What a waste of time. Is there a setting to change that?