Configure and troubleshoot Automatic Updates

28 August 2007 by Snakefoot | Comment » | Trackback Off
Automatic Updates uses 100% CPU
Automatic Updates (AU) can become corrupted, so svchost.exe starts using 100% CPU when contacting Microsoft to check for updates. This can be tested by running this command:

wuauclt /detectnow

To fix the high CPU usage apply the following updates to Automatic Updates. More Info MS KB932494:
Automatic Updates crashes when checking for updates
Automatic Updates can also enter a state where it crashes by just checking for updates:

Generic Host Process for Win32 Services encountered a problem and needed to close.

To repair the Automatic Updates service try the following steps:
  1. Press the Start-button and Run... this command to stop the service:

    net stop wuauserv

  2. Check the root for all drives (including network drives) and delete the folder called WuTemp:


  3. Delete the following folder containing the Cryptographic Service database:


  4. Rename the following folder to SoftwareDistributionOLD:


  5. Rename the following system files used by Automatic Updates, so Windows File Protection is activated and restores them again:
    • Cdm.dll
    • Iuengine.dll
    • Wuapi.dll
    • Wuauclt.exe
    • Wuauclt1.exe
    • Wuaucpl.cpl
    • Wuaueng.dll
    • Wuaueng1.dll
    • Wuauserv.dll
    • Wucltui.dll
    • Wups.dll
    • Wups2.dll
    • Wuweb.dll
  6. Restart Windows
  7. Reinstall Windows Update Client by launching the install with the parameter /wuforce
More Info MS KB 916259
More Info MS KB 931852
Automatic Updates fails to start
Automatic Updates might fail to start with the following error even if the service is not disabled:

Error 1058: The service cannot be started, either because it is disabled or because it has no enabled devices associated with it.

Event ID: 10005
DCOM got error "The service cannot be started, either because it is disabled or because it has no enabled devices associated with it. " attempting to start the service wuauserv with arguments "" in order to run the server: {E60687F7-01A1-40AA-86AC-DB1CBF673334}

This can be caused by the service being disabled with group policies or registry NoAutoUpdate. It can also be caused by DLL's required by Automatic Updates needs to be registered:
  • REGSVR32 %windir%\system32\wuapi.dll
  • REGSVR32 %windir%\system32\wuaueng1.dll
  • REGSVR32 %windir%\system32\wuaueng.dll
  • REGSVR32 %windir%\system32\wucltui.dll
  • REGSVR32 %windir%\system32\wups.dll
  • REGSVR32 %windir%\system32\Wuauserv.dll

Updated: 22 December 2008


Comment by Roberto - 18 June 2011 @ 12:12 Reply

I think that here the link is missing for how to set the service either in disabled, manual or automatic.

Comment by Hank - 26 October 2011 @ 1:04 Reply

The reinstallation instructions here for Windows Update resolved my issue with the service crashing all the time. I kept getting faults for ntdll.dll and the like and the computer would become useless. Good article and useful. The link to download the update client was helpful as well as using the /wuforce switch.

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