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Thread: Error code 80070005 Windows Update for Vista Premium.

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    John Georg Guest

    Error code 80070005 Windows Update for Vista Premium.

    Windows Vista Premium stopped searching for or downloading Windows
    Updates in late August this year. The error code 80070005 is
    presented. After reading many of the postings in this newsgroup, I am
    uncertain what the real repair for this problem is. I'd appreciate a
    very clear response as I am a senior citizen attempting to update the
    Vista Premium software.

  2. #2
    TaurArian [MS-MVP] Guest

    Re: Error code 80070005 Windows Update for Vista Premium.

    One of the most common causes of this error code (Access Denied) is the Anti Virus and
    Anti Spyware software programs running on the computer.
    You can try turning them off and then try the updates again. Keep the firewall on though
    or start a free Windows Update support incident request:
    https://support.microsoft.com/oas/de...spx?gprid=6527

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    stossmann Guest
    I IMed HP Tech Support. . . Here is the solution, it's relatively
    simple and more importantly, it works!

    1. Disable Windows Update
    a. Click on start
    b. Click on all programs
    c. Click on accessories
    d. Click on Run
    e. Type services.msc and press ok
    f. Right click on "Windows Update"
    g. Click on stop (Windows Update is now disabled)
    2. Rename Software Distribution folder
    a. Navigate to: C:/Windows/
    b. Find the folder named: “SoftwareDistribution”
    c. Rename that folder to something like “SoftwareDistribution.old”
    d. Create a new folder called “SoftwareDistribution”
    3. Enable Windows Update
    a. Click on start
    b. Click on all programs
    c. Click on accessories
    d. Click on Run
    e. Type services.msc and press ok
    f. Right click on windows update
    g. Click on start
    If you are unable to find Software Distribution Folder, follow these
    steps before #2 above.
    1. From the explorer window press the Alt key to view the file menu.
    2. Click Tools
    3. Select Folder Options
    4. Select the View tab
    5. Select “Show hidden files and folders”
    6. Remove the selection from “Hide protected operating system files”
    7. Click OK

    Restart your PC and you should be good to go!

    I had this problem. After a lot of searching, the problem was solved when
    disabled Spyware Doctor.

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    TonyC Guest
    I tried this and it didn't help, so I intiated a free support request on
    Thursday 7/17 at about 1130. No response yet. Maybe I should change to an
    Apple Notebook? I'm running Windows Vista Home Premium 32 bit...

  5. #5
    Rick Guest

    Re: Error code 80070005 Windows Update for Vista Premium.

    This is just what my PC needed. I tried all kinds of things with registry
    and file permissions, but this worked. Thanks!!!

  6. #6
    eggie08 Guest

    Re: Error code 80070005 Windows Update for Vista Premium.

    I tried sent support incident request, waiting for response, will let you
    know, thanks!

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    I am with TaurArian [MS-MVP] on this one,

    after many hours of searching and reading threads from 2007 to the
    present, I was skeptical about most fixes (some worked for some, others
    didn't). Then I tried turning off my anti-virus software (ZoneAlarms)
    and went back into Windows Updater (where it previously said 'update
    failed' and had the error code) and clicked on update or try again or
    something and it worked. I did whatever updates previously failed and
    turned Anti-virus back on.

    Anti-virus software has caused problems for me in the past (from
    browsers to windows applications) So when the suggestion to turn it off
    was said, i thought gees I'll try it, and boom it worked.

    I'm happy it worked, but I can never get back the time I lost...

  8. #8
    kbkatz Guest

    Re: Error code 80070005 Windows Update for Vista Premium.

    I had the same error (problem), rectified it by turning off Mcaffee Virus scan.

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