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Hey OCN,

I'm in the process of trying to fix up my friends computer, but I'm stumped. So, I hope you guys can help.

She's running Vista x86 on an Intel C2D Laptop with 3GB of memory. The hardware on the computer appears to be in proper working order.

The problem is that her Windows Updates (including Defender definition files) won't update. When trying to update, Windows Update gives the error 80040154. Also, the Update History page is blank. I believe that this is a registry problem, but don't know how to fix it.

I have tried:
  • System restore until before she had the problem
  • Manually updating
  • Running CCleaner

Any suggestions or comments are welcome. Thanks!
    
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Reinstall the updater or Defender.
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Have you considered installing Microsoft Security Essentials in place of Defender? Or this http://support.microsoft.com/kb/971058
Edited by fashric - 3/20/11 at 11:13am
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