I ran into this issue when I got a new HP laptop. After going through the setup of the brand new PC, I found that I couldn't run updates. After some escalations, I recieved this fix
reg delete HKLM\Components /v AdvancedInstallersNeedResolving
Please note, that the engineers worked through quite a few logs on my machine to get this, so it may not apply to your case. After applying, autoupdate's been working like a charm!
Update: Jan 29/09
Robear Dyer was kind enough to point me to a new KB article that covers this and other fixes. Here’s the link: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/946414
I’ve seen several comments on this command above not working. If so that means this is not the issue you’re facing. Please try the support link form the Jan 29 update. If that doesn’t work, please do get in touch with MS Support.
Don't know if you heard about the debacle of the early SP1 update for Vista. I got hit hard. You are my saving grace with this fix. Rock on.
It would not update!! Tryed the renaming of Software Distribution folder, also eleting PendingXmldentifier"
under the registry key: HKLM\Components.
Nothing works! Help, please.
BIG: THANK YOU!
Running: reg delete HKLM\Components /v AdvancedInstallersNeedResolving
changed this dreadful error into something different, but then I applied advice from http://www.howtofixcomputers.com/forums/windows-vista/working-cure-vista-update-headaches-133816.html and everything now seems to work fine.
thank you it worked for me thanks again
The reg thingie worked good!
I'm an IT professional and run into this problem frequently. I used this article yesterday to fix one Vista Business Dell XPS laptop yesterday. I used it to fix two more today. Thank you very much!
I used Windows Explorer's address bar to enter:
reg delete HKLM\Components /v AdvancedInstallersNeedResolving and after choosing Y (yes) on the command prompt. I still had to uninstall the 929777 update from Control Panel> Programs & Features> View Installed Updates and finally reboot.
Thx guys, this works for me so far ;)
Okay I had something similar happening a little while back and found a solution quite accidentally.
I don't remember if I had the same error (8000FFFF) but i remember there were two possible errors one with a series starting with 8xxxx..& the other with 7xxxx... Now incidentally I had trouble logging into my homail account and I google for it and realised that it had to do with my wireless router (netgear). It seems that the default value for MTU in netgear is 1500 while pppoe prefers 1492. Simple i changed the value and viola not only Hotmail loaded but I could also get the automatic updates going again.
I hope this helps someone.
I tried this, i tried uninstalling the update 929777 too, neither has worked.
it says the registry entry doesn't exist.
any other leads perhaps?
Need help with error 8000FFFF. Trying tirelessly to clear error. Nothing seems to work.
thanks for the solution.
I am receiving this error when I am attenpting system restore because of the AutoUpdate loop my computer is going through (3 out of 3 installing 0% complete, shutdown, restart & repeat). I tried the reg delete but when the computer restarts it goes straight back to 3out of 3 screen so I checked the registry and AdvancedInstallersNeedResolving was still there after I deleted it. What am I doing wrong?
I receive this error when trying to run windows updates? any help would be great.
This worked perfectly. I spent many hours and many weekends trying to resolve this issue. Kailash, you da man! Many thanks!
I have tried several pointers from different websites and their suggestions but nothing has been fixed so I will try yours and hopefully it will work for me as well.
There should be more people like you on this planet that is willing to share their knowledge to others.