Reset, Repair and Reinstall the Automatic Updates System – Microsoft

Reset the Automatic Updates System – Windows XP SP3

Open a command prompt: Start | Run | cmd /Enter

net stop “Automatic Updates” – ENTER

del /f /s /q %windir%\SoftwareDistribution\*.* – ENTER

net start “Automatic Updates” – ENTER

wuauclt.exe /detectnow – ENTER

What this does is: Stops the Automatic Update service then flushes the content of the folder “SoftwareDistrubution”; it then starts the Automatic Update service and then forces an update cycle to start.

Reasons to run this is: The svchost.exe file running at 100% CPU usage or slightly less but crippling the computer system never the less.

Diagnoses: Open command prompt type: “tasklist /svc” this will list all running tasks.  Open Task Manager and view which PID/svchost.exe is running at 100% or slightly less.

If you do not see PID in Task Manager window: open the View menu inside Task Manager and select “Select Columns…” option and place a check mark in the “PID (Process Identifier)”