Posts Tagged 'Windows Update'

FATAL: Failed to spawn COM server

Today I installed Win XP on two completely different machines. After installing XP SP3 onto these machines, the windows update service somehow stopped working: Although it downloaded the patches it failed to initialize their installation, no matter what patch was selected. The log at C:\windows\WindowsUpdate.log showed several lines looking like this:

FATAL: Error: 0x80070005. wuauclt handler: failed to spawn COM server

After browsing the web, I found a solution to this, re-registering some components of the update service fixes the issue. I wrote this tiny script to automatize the fix: