So I caught some kind of malware today and that's the problem I've been having ever since. As soon as it happened I ran Malwarebytes, spybot, and Avast. I also ran Windows defender for good measure even though it's useless.
I found some malware and deleted them with Malwarebytes and it said that it fixed the registry, but I still have the update icon in the bottom left corner saying Windows can't check for updates. I've tried updating manually and it doesn't give me any error code. It just gives me that red X and allows me to keep trying to check for updates with no success.
I had this problem years a go with xp.
My problem was not just with the updater, it was also with IE. I assume that you use a real browser and may not have tried IE as a browser. If you haven't give that a try. also it seems odd, but updating or installing IE may fix the problem.
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Go to Control Panel and go to Program and Features. On the left side under Tasks click on Installed updates now expand the whole windows and look for the date in which you started having the problems, then delete all updates with that date.
Try the built-in Windows troubleshooter to help with Windows Updates: Click the Start button > click Control Panel. In the search box, type troubleshooter, and then click Troubleshooting. Under System and Security, click Fix problems with Windows Update.
Thanks for the advice Sofia, but I did that multiple times and it accomplished nothing. It doesn't matter though. That was almost a year ago. My computer is running Windows 7 now and I doubt I'll ever be using Vista again.
To do a system restore type "System Restore" in the start menu. It will guide you through the rest. System restore uninstalls everything installed from the date you restore back to, and changes all settings back to that date to.