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This tool has been developed for use as a support of system repair options. It is possible to reset the Windows Update Components. Also is able to delete temporary files, scan, detect and repair corruptions with the Windows System image, scan all protected system files and replace any corrupted files, change invalid values in the Windows Registry, reset Winsock settings and more.

The tool for Reset Windows Update Components work through command-line but need of basic requirements as a compatible operative system, run with the elevated privileges, etc.

Also required the user know and accept the Terms and Conditions of Use.

Requirements

This tool is compatible with Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1, Windows 10

When you run Reset Windows Update Tool is detected the version or build of the operative system determined the name and family of the operative system.

If the operating system is not compatible with this tool, display an error message and the tool will be closed.

Notes

The Reset Windows Update Tool was developed primarily to Reset Windows Update Components. Over time, they have added new features to improve the user experience.

This document has been created to describe the process sequences for the correct use of Reset Windows Update Tool.

Reference

How do I reset Windows Update components?: https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/971058.

Use the System File Checker tool to repair missing or corrupted system files: https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/929833.

Fix Windows Update errors by using the DISM or System Update Readiness tool: https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/947821.

Glossary
DISM
Deployment Image Servicing and Management is a command-line tool that can be used to service a Windows image.
Fix It
diagnostic program to detect problems of Windows.
Registry
is a database that stores settings for the operating system.
Restore point
is a representation of a stored state of your computer"s system files.
SFC
System File Checker is a utility that allows users to scan for corruptions.
Winsock
Windows Sockets API is a technical specification that defines how Windows network software should access network.
License

Reset Windows Update Tool is licensed under the MS-PL License - see the Microsoft Public License for details.

Getting Started

The Reset Windows Update Tool has several support options as delete temporary files, change invalid values in the Windows Registry, reset Winsock settings, etc. These options appear in a selection list and are available dependent on operating system.

Before starting

You can make some processes to ensure the proper functioning of the system.

  1. Restart your PC and verify if problem persists.
  2. Create both a System Restore Point.
  3. Make sure that your system date, time and year settings are correct on your computer.
  4. Disable antivirus software.
Permits

The Reset Windows Update Tool need to run with elevated privileges. To do this, Right-click on it and select "Run as administrator". Otherwise, display an error message.

Terms and Conditions of Use

Because this tool modify files and registry settings, it is important to know the terms and conditions of use. As to accepting them, gives permission to the tool to make these changes.

The Terms and Conditions of Use are displayed on the screen waiting to be accepted.

Press the letter "Y" and the "Enter" key to agree. If you do not agree, you can choose to discontinue use this tool.

Usage

This tool implements functions through command line. Some recovery functions are not available on all versions of Windows and the tool detects this type of availability to mitigate possible errors.

Type the number of function and press "Enter" to applying these corrections.

Command line

The Reset Windows Update Tool can be used for the command line in this way:

WURESET [/reset] [/search] [/clean:{temp|regs|sock}] [/sfc] [/dism:{scan|check|repair|clean}]

Parameter List:

/reset
Reset the Windows Update Components.
/search
Search updates.
/clean
Clean options.
/sfc
Scans all protected system files.
/dism
Dism options.
/help
Displays a help message.
/version
Displays a version message.

Diagnostic

The main content of this tool is to Reset Windows Update Components. However, the development of it, allows us to perform other processes for solving problems.

It can be divided the correction processes into three groups:

Control processes
are simple processes that may involve small changes in the system, for example: restore Internet connections or restart the computer.
Correction processes
are those that allow us to solve major problems in the system, for example: Reset Windows Update Components or Scans all protected system files.
Invasive processes
are those who suggest repair or reinstall the system.

It is recommended to perform some tests to simplify the incident and to find the best solution.

Restore Point

In case that something failed, you can restore your computer at last restore point.

For create the Restore Point, in the main menu, select the first option. This option open the system protection window.

In this place, you can create a Restore Point. Only press the button "Create".

If this option is disabled, press the button "Configure" and select "Turn on system protection".

Removing temporary

For delete temporary files, select the option "Delete temporary files in Windows". This option automatically deletes temporary files.

Reset Internet Explorer

For Reset Internet Explorer, select the option "Open Internet Explorer options". This open the Internet Options.

In this window select the tab "Advanced" and press the button "Reset".

Restart your PC

Whenever a system solution process is carried out , it is recommended then restart the computer to save the changes.

You can restart your PC manually or automatically via the option "Restart your PC", this option gives you 1 minute to save the work you find yourself doing.

Reset the Winsock settings

For restore Internet connections, select the "Reset the Winsock settings" option.

This option restores Internet access settings, remove any access restrictions and fix errors as 0x8024042C, and others.

Automatically fix problem

It is recommended run the Fix-It for Windows Update select the option, "Explore other local solutions".

The "Fix problem with Windows Update" displays an error code that helps us to find the solution to our incident. If this option don"t show the error code, you can download a tool "fix-it" for search the error code.

Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1: http://go.microsoft.com/?linkid=9830262

Windows 10: http://aka.ms/diag_wu

Reset the Windows Update Components

Reset the Windows Update Components it is the first and main option to correct problems in Windows Update.

However , this process requires some threads to avoid problems during the search of a solution.

Suitable method to restore components

Before starting, remember to make a backup the registry.

Then select the option "Reset Windows Update Components". This option will stop Windows Update services, while cleaning the components and restore the initial settings.

After, Install the latest Windows Update Agent https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/949104.

Finally, restart your PC to save the changes.

If an error occurs during the process, the Windows services can be found in poor condition and requires repair.

Change invalid values in the registry

Serious problems might occur if you modify the registry incorrectly. Before you modify it, make a back up the registry for restoration in case problems occur.

The option "Change invalid values in the registry" create a registry backup on the Windows desktop.

After creating the backup, invalid values in the registry are changed. This corrects the errors: 0x8000FFFF, 0x80240020, 0x80070646, and others.

For restore the registry, select "Merge" on the contextual menu.

Scan all protected system files

Other option to correct problems is "Scan all protected system files". This option scan for corruptions in Windows system files and restore corrupted files.

Rememberrestart your PC to save the changes.

DISM for Windows 8, Windows 8.1 and Windows 10

The Deployment Image Servicing and Management (DISM.exe) is a command-line tool that can be used to fix Windows corruption errors.

The Reset Windows Update Tool incorporates lines about DISM commands to repair Windows. The options of repair with DISM are:

  • Scan the image to check for corruption
  • Check the detected corruptions
  • Repair the image
  • Clean up the superseded components

For repair Windows, select these options in the same sequence. Selecting each option, a process message should appear.

It may take several minutes for the command operation to be complete. Remember restart your PC after executing each command.

For Windows Vista and Windows 7, use System Update Readiness tool: https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/947821#bookmark-checksur.

If Windows is non-repairable, you should reinstall the system.

Installing Updates

To start installing updates, you can go to Windows Update through of option "Search Updates".

During the installation of updates, it is recommended to install 5 to 20 updates (Only Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1).

Online Solutions

The Reset Windows Update Tool repair some errors on the installing updates. But there are some errors that are not repairable with this tool.

You can find solutions on the website of Microsoft selected the option "Explore other online solutions". This option open the website of Microsoft.

FAQ

Commonly asked questions about Reset Windows Update Tool.

Why it does not work in Windows XP/Vista?

The script version of this tool can be restored to the Windows Update components in Windows XP/Vista. However, Microsoft ending the extended support of its Operative Sistems in 2014 (Windows XP) and 2017 (Windows Vista).

Visit the Windows lifecycle fact sheet for details.

Can I use it on Windows Server?

This tool is compatible with Windows 8, 8.1 and 10. It is also compatible with Windows Server 2012, 2012 R2 and 2016.

However, the use in Windows Server is not recommended since it can eliminate some configurations of Firewall, Domain and others.

How can I help?

You can help improve documentation, report errors or request features. You can even correct typographical errors. Do not feel like you have to be a developer to help.

Before creating bug reports, please search in the GitHub Issue Tracker for existing issues or features in order to ensure we don"t have duplicate requests.

Please feel free to propose them. While it is not possible to guarantee that we can implement them all, we will consider the requests.

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