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Windows 7: Windows Update Failing, error code 80073712

18 Oct 2015   #11
NoelDP

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Win 7 x64 Home Premium (and x86 VirtualBox VM)/Win10
 
 

CCleaner is fine - but avoid using the registry cleaner (and DEFINITELY avoid using any other registry cleaner!)
The uploaded fixes have now been properly applied and installed where they belong - you can do what you like with the stuff you downloaded, and with the TEMP files.
I don't believe there's really much benefit to be gained from repeatedly running the disk cleanup tool to remove old patch files - once a year should be enough. If you're running short on space then that's a good reason to get a new HD

Generally, ONLY run SFC and/or CheckSUR when you have reason to suspect problems - they are purely error-fix tools, and will do nothing for a healthy system.

It's more likely that these problems were caused by a power-outage at a critical time in an update process than anything else - and they are certainly not caused by hiding any update.

As for System Restore... You need to check its settings first to ensure that it, and its feeder services, are properly set, and that there is enough space available on the drive (it will switch itself off if the available space goes below a certain level - in XP that space was 400MB, but I'm not certain how much is required in 7). If you want to get it working again, I suggest posting a new thread in the Performance section.


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18 Oct 2015   #12
gwmnova

Windows 7 Home Premium, SP 1 64bit
 
 

Again, I thank you. I will keep your information for further reference - and I hope my questions and your answers might be helpful to others who aren't as computer savvy as you are.
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