Windows Updates not working

After a recent reimage, I kept getting this message every time I tried to do a Windows Update – “A problem on your computer is preventing updates from being downloaded or installed”.  After just a little bit of googling, I found the answer.

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/943144

Register the Wups2.dll file in Windows

To register the Wups2.dll file in Windows, follow these steps:

1.    Stop the Automatic Updates service. To do this, follow these steps:

  • Click Start, click Run, type cmd, and then click OK.
  • At the command prompt, type the following command, and then press ENTER: net stop wuauserv

2.    Register the Wups2.dll file. To do this, follow these steps:

  • At the command prompt, type the following command, and then press ENTER: regsvr32 %windir%\system32\wups2.dll
  • Click OK on each verification message that you receive.

3.    Start the Automatic Updates service. To do this, type the following command at the command prompt, and then press ENTER: net start wuauserv

4.    Exit the command prompt. To do this type exit, and then press ENTER.