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microsoftA lot of people are experiencing a weird issue while trying to update their Windows Vista with SP1. In fact, the operating system could nag you that important updates are available, but when you try to update the system through the “check for updates” button you get back the following message: “The Automatic Updates feature is not configured on this computer”. After that a button to enable automatic updates is provided, but once you press it, you are faced with this new message: “Security Center can’t change your automatic update settings”. At this point, no matter what you do, you won’t manage to download the updates successfully. Here is the hack to fix the issue:

  1. Click Start.
  2. Click Run… (if Run is not present on the bar, find out how to activate it by reading this article).
  3. Type the following commands, and press Enter after each of them (also wait for the window saying the operation was  performed successfully to appear)
  • regsvr32 wuapi.dll
  • regsvr32 wuaueng.dll
  • regsvr32 atl.dll
  • regsvr32 wucltui.dll
  • regsvr32 wucltui.dll

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12 Comments to “Security Center can’t change your automatic update settings in Windows Vista”

  1. amanda Says:

    thanks a bunch it fixed it right away…now im not getting these stupid notifications anymore and its rinning like a charm….thanx again

  2. Joseph Says:

    Thanks for the instructions. I am recovering my PC after it was infected with the XP Window Security Virus. The only not working was enabling auto update. Now it seems to work fine.

  3. wguru Says:

    My resolution was in remembering and un-doing what I’d resorted to, ie; using TweakVI to stop updates.

  4. darkpanda Says:

    I kept getting this after i downloaded vistalizator to change my main computer language from finland to english now when i change manually my update settings i get like this screen->

    green shield [empty scroll down box]
    [empty scroll down box][filled timing box]

    microsoft update——————————————————————

    any one have solution for that?

  5. junior Says:

    thanks so much man it worked perfectly for me. I’m using xp no vista though

  6. RudeDawg&theDweebz Says:

    There is some sort of Trojan that causes this and it usually is a result of a downloaded installation (as was with me). Try running System Restore – it worked for me. Restore to a date earlier than the date you started receiving that error.

  7. gabriel Says:

    Hi everybody , this started to happen to me when I installed windows vista sp2 rc1 …….

  8. Web Talk Says:

    Sorry Rictenwheel25 but I am clueless as far as your issue is concerned. I gave my best shots for this article but if you still are experiencing this issue I really dont know how to help you. I will search Google a little bit to see if I can come with other solutions…

  9. Rictenwheel25 Says:

    I have the exact same issue
    however none of the fixes works for me… is there any other way to resolve this issue or am i going to have to reinstall windows vista to resolve…and what exactly causes this issue…pls HELP !

  10. Manzar Says:

    Thanks a lot , it really got me out o the trouble.

  11. Web Talk Says:

    Hi there Janmik and thanks for writing to Web Talk. Yes, I have other solutions for you. Try this:
    1) Click Start.
    2) Click Run…
    3)In the open box, type this command: net.exe stop wuauserv
    4) Press OK
    5) Do the same for the following commands:
    regsvr32.exe wuapi.dll
    regsvr32.exe wups.dll
    regsvr32.exe wuaueng.dll
    regsvr32.exe wucltui.dll
    regsvr32.exe MSXML3.dll
    regsvr32.exe qmgr.dll
    regsvr32.exe qmgrprxy.dll
    net.exe start wuauserv
    6) Turn off and on your computer

    Here is a second solution:
    1) Click Start
    2) In the Search bar type regedit and hit Enter
    3) Locate this key: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\wuauserv
    4) If you see a DeleteFlag value, delete it.

    Here is a third solution:
    1) Click Start.
    2) Click Run…
    3) Type the folowing commands and hit Enter after each of them:

    Here is new solution:
    1) Click Start
    2) Click Run…
    3) Type services.msc, and click OK.
    4) In the Startup type box, click Manual, and then click Apply.
    5) Click the Log On tab, and then verify that the service BITS is enabled in every hardware profile that is listed.
    6) If the Service is not enabled or Started, click the hardware profile, click Enable, and then click Apply.
    7) Now, click the General tab, and hit Start.
    8 ) If the service is OK then:
    9) Click Start.
    10) Click Run…
    11) In the Run Box, type Regsvr32 QMGR.DLL and hit OK
    12) In case it doesn’t work, try to download and install the BITS service again here

    Try also to read this article here

  12. Janmik Santos Says:

    It did not work for me. 4 out of the 5 failed to load. Automatic update still doesn’t work. Gets error 80070424 when I try to do so manually. Appreciate alternative solutions, thanks.

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