Download and run Update/redist/standalone/7.4.7600.226/Windows Update Agent30-x86I had to reboot one machine to get it to work but the rest worked without.
Hopefully this help somebody the same way as helped me.
Almost everything except the case and the floppy drive got updated with new equipment.
Instead of doing a clean install on the new HD and then moving all the data over one piece at a time I used a program to duplicate my old HD completely onto the new and larger one.
The solution for me turned out to be rebooting into safe mode which then allowed me to rename the folder.
While still in safe mode I turned on the automatic updates and rebooted into normal mode.Now back in the command prompt type "net start wuauserv" Open windows update and check for updates. I performed a nearly full hardware upgrade on my PC some months back.Can you explain why its doing this and tell me how to fix the problem? After I fought the problem for MONTHS, Arun Soman's solution finally solved my problem. My computer wouldn't let me rename the C:\Windows\Software Distribution folder (due to the Reporting file being in use) and so I created a new folder (named "Software Distribution NEW") and cut and pasted all of the files (except the Reporting file) from \Software Distribution into it. I have had nothing but trouble with Windows Update. Your amazing and brilliant solution had me fixed in less than 5 minutes.Arun's little trick has very noticeably speeded up my Windows Explorer opening and other tasks on my computer. Thanks you times 10 for your insight and for posting this solution!!!!Upon trying to install Windows updates, if you get this error: "Problem: A problem on your computer is preventing updates from being downloaded or installed.Solution: To fix the problem, try installing the updates again.The old HD was set a the C: Drive and the new one temporarily was designated D:.After all the data was transferred over I verified the PC worked and then hooked it up to the web to run updates to XP and any associated programs. Some investigation showed the new HD was still designated D: even though the old original had been removed already. Again the updates would only download and not install.Windows 95/98, Windows Me, Windows 2000, Windows XP, and Windows Vista are no longer supported by the Help Desk. If we are unable to resolve your Windows 9x/2000/XP/Vista issue, you may be able to find help in Microsoft's Knowledge Base.These products are no longer actively supported by Microsoft.