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Windows 7: Windows could not check for updates automatically

17 Sep 2014   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium 64
Windows could not check for updates automatically

This error comes up in Action Center after logging into Windows. When I try to manually check for updates, it fails with a code 800b0100 unknown error. The PC is running Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit SP1.

I have tried to run the System Update Readiness tool from the Microsoft website to fix but to no avail.

sfc /scannow results in Windows Resource Protection did not find any integrity violations.

I have attached c:\windows\logs\CBS below.

Thanks in advance!

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17 Sep 2014   #2

Windows 7 Home X86

Hi Azeworai,
The error code suggests a corrupted download of the updates. Can you try deleting the contents of C:\Windows\SoftwareDistribution\Download? This should be safe. And then try to download and install the updates again.
Mark [MSFT]
Taken from here: Code 800B0100- Windows Update encountered an unknown error. - Microsoft Community

Consider following the above solution and see if it works.

let us know for further problems!!
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18 Sep 2014   #3

Windows 7 Home Premium 64

I have tried emptying out the Download folder but the Windows Update still fails with the same error code.
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19 Sep 2014   #4

Windows 7 Home Premium 64

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19 Sep 2014   #5

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

Good work! - well done.
It's not an easy read, that article.
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