"Automatic Updates has encountered a problem and needs to close."

Discussion in 'Windows Update' started by Kit, Jul 4, 2006.

  1. Kit

    Kit Guest

    Was routinely using my XPSP2 PC with very little loaded (Excel, Notepad,
    ActiveSync & IE7beta2) when suddenly the 'encountered an error & need to
    close' dialog popped with the above error.

    Hitting Send or Don't Send simply relaunched wuauclt.exe - and the same
    dialog popped again. I had to disable Automatic Updates, stop & disable the
    service to get back to being able to use the PC again. Killing the process
    from task manager also didn't help - it simply restarted itself.

    Assuming MS must have released a patch today that automatically updated and
    then broke the updater, I took a look at w4.windowsupdate administrator site,
    but it appears nothing has been released since 16 July - and I've been using
    the PC every day since then.

    Decided to restart updates & re-enable the service - and suddenly all
    running fine again. The PC was not restarted in between, and I didn't restart
    any other programs - so effectively all I did was stop AU for a while then
    retsrat it again (something it was doing to itself anyway).

    Anyone had this experience before or any ideas what happened?
    Kit, Jul 4, 2006
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