Window Update Service fails with 0x80070032 error

Discussion in 'Windows Update' started by BryanLee999999, Dec 23, 2008.

  1. I have a Windows XP SP 2 system. Automatic Updates service will not start.
    In the WindowsUpdate Log file, here is the error:

    WU client version 7.2.6001.788
    FATAL: Failed to initialize with error 0x80070032 from component Proxy manager

    We are using a WSUS server. When I try to manually download the updates at
    Http://, I get the same problem. The website tries to
    download a new client, but fails to start the service.

    Any help is much appreciated.

    Thank you
    BryanLee999999, Dec 23, 2008
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  2. [[ Forwarded to WSUS newsgroup
    ( via crosspost as a
    convenience to OP ]]
    PA Bear [MS MVP], Dec 24, 2008
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  3. This is a =WUA= issue, if not just a general client networking issue, but
    certainly not a WSUS issue, and it's unfortunate that the message is being
    forwarded to the WSUS group rather than being handled as the
    agent/networking issue that it is.

    I found several instances of the error code 0x80070032 via a Google search,
    but none related to the WUA (except clones of this thread on other webforums
    sites). What I did notice, though, was a general theme running through all
    of the threads, and that was that the issue related to either service issues
    (services disabled/not started) or winsock issues.

    Taking from one thread at
    which actually has a WUA demonstrating this issue (though the thread is
    about other service startup issues), the resolution was to reset winsock.


    Lawrence Garvin, M.S., MCITP(x2), MCTS(x5), MCP(x7), MCBMSP
    Principal/CTO, Onsite Technology Solutions, Houston, Texas
    Microsoft MVP - Software Distribution (2005-2009)

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    Lawrence Garvin \(MVP\), Dec 26, 2008
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