I have a Laptop, which is not used very often, but through my wireless network everymon or so I do the updates, Windows, AVG, AdAware and Spybot, to name a few. Last night I did this usual sequence with no obvious problems, infact the windows updates I was notified almost immediately the laptop had booted, with the Shield icon in the toolbar at the bottom RH of the screen. History shows updates are upto date to the 16th December 2006. I then thought I'd update to the latest version of Windows Defender, went through the usual validation bits before it allows you to download it, downloaded and installed it. When I got to added the latest updates for Windows Defender it came up with an error message:
"The program can't check the definition updates error 0x80244001."
Now I also find when I try to do a manual Windows Update after clicking on either Express or Custom updates I get a choice of messages:
X Files required to use Windows Update are no longer registered or installed on your computer. To continue:
(*) Register or reinstall the files for me now (Recommended)
( ) Let me read about more steps that might be required to solve the problem.
When doing option *, it downloads > Registering (100%)... etc, > Checks Windows > Express or Custom choice, which I've tried both, then it takes me back to 'X', and this just keeps going round this loop.
I have tried option 2 and followed the instruction suggested, which didn't make any difference,after which it just takes you into the Knowledge database and it's hit and miss what words you use for your search.
I'm sure someone must have experienced this before and would be grateful if you maybe able to help me resolve this.
My laptop has Windows XP Home Edition and was already installed (OEM) when I got it. I've had it for over a year now. (ACER Aspire 3000)