In August, Auto Updates pulled down critical updates from the Microsoft site\nthat I eventually installed on my XP Pro SP2 laptop (Dell Latitude D800).\nSince then, I have been unable to download updates through Auto Updates or\nthe Windows Update site. Now when Auto Updates is enabled on my machine (and\nsince I've installed these critical updates), I'm continuously propmpted to\nrestart my machine so that the updates can finish installing. The critical\nupdates that installed on my machine "broke" something that has rendered Auto\nUpdates and the Windows Update site useless on my laptop. To band aid the\nproblem, I've simply disabled Automatic Updates. For Auto Updates continued\nto prompt me to restart my computer every 5-10 mins. (After the initial\ndownload and after being prompted the fourth time, I disabled AU).\n\nWhen I try to download updates through Windows Update web site, I get the\nfollowing error "[Error number: 0x8DDD0007]\nYou need to restart your computer to finish installing a program or\nupdates. You cannot view or get other updates from the site until you\nrestart. "\n\nI have searched the Internet and MS web site concerning this error number.\nThe only thing that MS has had to say about this error number was from a user\nin this forum. The solution was to remove a Registry Key called\n"RebootRequired" located under\nHKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\WindowsUpdate\AutoUpdate\n\nOther websites have noted to delete the RebootRequired key in order to\nresolve this issue. In my case, I have deleted the key, only for it to be\nregenerated by a service upon initial computer startup. Users have stated in\nother forums that once this key is deleted, they are able to access the\nWindows Update site and download updates.\n\nWhat I have done so far is the following that doesn't seem to help:\n*System Restore\n*Reinstall version 6 of Windows update (renamed wuauclt.exe and wuweb.dll).\nAfter renaming these files, I was able to connect to WU, installed the latest\nversion, but still received Error number: 0x8DDD0007 after successful install.\n*Renamed WindowsUpdate key under the above mentioned HKLM path (after\nexporting first of course)\n*Virus Scan (clean)\n*Spyware Scan (clean)\n*Deleted contents of C:\WINDOWS\SoftwareDistribution\n\nIf anyone can help me with this, I would be very grateful. I'm trying to\nprevent reinstalling Windows on my machine in order to get WU/AU working\nproperly. I imagine there is a file or registry that is corrupted somewhere.\n\nThank you in advance for assistance.