Windows update Error code 8000FFFF

Discussion in 'Windows Vista General Discussion' started by Paul, Jul 2, 2007.

  1. Paul

    Paul Guest

    I've recently been receiving the following error message in Vista:

    Windows could not search for updates:

    Error code found 8000FFF

    I've disabled all firewalls and still get this message. I have disabled all
    spyware as well. I can't think of what the problem could be. Can someone
    help? Thanks.
     
    Paul, Jul 2, 2007
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  2. Paul

    free2go Guest

    I got the same error on a brand new laptop with Vista Premium installed.
    by uninstalling preinstalled symentec antivirus package and reboot, the
    error goes away.
     
    free2go, Jul 7, 2007
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  3. Paul

    Paul Guest

    Did you reload Norton afterwards? If so, does the update now work?
     
    Paul, Jul 8, 2007
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  4. Paul

    Paul Guest

    Tried that, it didn't work. Any other ideas? Thanks.
     
    Paul, Jul 23, 2007
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    Ian Betts Guest

    If you hold down the CTRL key and turn the scroll wheel on your mouse on
    your desktop you can enlarge or reduce the size on the icons at will.
     
    Ian Betts, Jul 23, 2007
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  6. Paul

    Paul Guest

    I'm not sure I understand. What does this have to do with Windows update not
    running on Vista?
     
    Paul, Jul 23, 2007
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    Timothy Daniels, Jul 23, 2007
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  8. Hi Paul

    I have the same problem, I'm seriously chasing this up, as soon as I could
    solve this then will let you know the solution.

    Regards
     
    Kian - 8000FFF, Oct 20, 2007
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    Roo77 Guest

    Guys i was having teh same problem but somone else on here figured it out and
    now my updates are working... i had 32 stored up.

    Copied the post by T2 below - give it a try.
     
    Roo77, Oct 22, 2007
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    klmorris628 Guest

     
    klmorris628, Nov 14, 2007
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  11. Paul

    klmorris628 Guest

    Hi, just trying to figure this whole thing out...tried the search
    regedit...but my computer come up with zip. Now, I have taken updates off
    automatic, because when i shut down my computer, it would say
    (forever....forever...)installing update one of one. This is not the only
    update I have problems with. I can't seem to get apple's updates to work
    either. Any other ideas?
     
    klmorris628, Nov 14, 2007
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  12. Paul

    klmorris628 Guest

    ok, i had to look for it all the hard way but i found it. Am going to try to
    restart computer. If you never hear from me again, weellll lets just say a
    very large HP took a flyin' leap
     
    klmorris628, Nov 14, 2007
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    wendysue Guest

    Looks like this worked for me.
    thank you guys SOOO much!
     
    wendysue, Jan 4, 2008
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    lynkelper Guest

    I got to the step where you "run as administrator" but the page it brought up
    didn't contain HKLM\COMPONENTS. My options all began with
    HKEY_...........help!!!!!!
     
    lynkelper, Jan 20, 2008
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    zocross Guest

    hello guys i got the same error 8000FFF. I tryed the regedit but i do not
    have the key
    HKLM\COMPONENTS or even HKLM i am runnin windows vista ultimate.
    HELP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
     
    zocross, May 27, 2008
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    Rick Rogers Guest

    Hi,

    Not sure what you are referencing as you did not include any part of the
    original thread you are responding to. Many regulars filter out older
    threads, so few will know what you are talking about.

    HKLM is shorthand (geek speak, if you will) for HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE, and if
    you don't have that branch in your registry you probably wouldn't even have
    a functioning machine.

    For Windows Updates, there is free support here:
    http://support.microsoft.com/kb/193385
    http://support.microsoft.com/gp/wupd#tab0
     
    Rick Rogers, May 27, 2008
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    catybor Guest

    Hi to everyone,
    i want to say thank you cause finally i have made work my windows
    update whit you help!!
    Thank you!:)
     
    catybor, May 29, 2008
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    Daryl Guest

    I have a fix for this issue. I am a computer technition and have seen it on a
    lot of dell's with vista (especially ultimate). The typical problem is
    missing / corrupt files in many cases this occurs at installition so a
    restore is usually not helpful. This fix is for these cases where the problem
    is occuring on new machines / fresh installations of vista. First manually
    download & install, "Microsoft .NET Framework Version 1.1 Redistributable
    Package" from microsoft. Then reinstall the windows installer package. In
    some cases you may have to patch the framework with .net framework SP1. I
    hope this helps some of you but i'm sure will not be a solution for all.
    Regards,
    Daryl
     
    Daryl, Jul 7, 2008
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    davidberk Guest

    this particular issue does genuinely appear to be a software problem.
    However there is some evidence to suggest its a hardware problem.
    First, there are no articles about this issue on Microsoft's support
    website, nor on Sony's website. If you ever encounter a problem and
    cant see a tech-note that suggests that you are experiencing something
    unique and it could be hardware.
    When i was attempting to apply updates and install software, the
    process was going super slow, at least 10x slower than normal. I went
    into TasK Manager and showed processes from all users. 50% of the CPU
    time is being consumed by a process called "Error Reporting Tool". It
    is possible that some of the internal hardware is experincing some sort
    of glitch and causing error logs to be generated.
    The tech support people will always deny its a hardware problem until
    the end since its much more expensive for them to replace hardware than
    make you update software. Just because the tech says its not hardware,
    dont beleive them.
     
    davidberk, Jul 11, 2008
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    westyuk1 Guest

    I just registered to say thanks for posting this solution to error cod
    8000FFF. It worked.

    I bought a new Portege Vista laptop with a load of pre installed cra
    installed from Toshiba and the error code appeared after I uninstalle
    the applications. I suspect Norton was the culprit
     
    westyuk1, Jul 15, 2008
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