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# 31620 24-Mar-2009 16:30
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Went to update my Windows 7 Beta and I can't because the updater immediately generates an error message citing error code 8000FFFF.  No other information available!

Checked other forums and the "fixes" for Vista don't apply because registry settings are not the same.

Anyone else seen this and resolved it?

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# 203053 24-Mar-2009 16:37
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Wait a couple of hours and try again - sometimes a network error could cause problems. Also try turning any AV off during Windows Update.

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  # 205056 3-Apr-2009 07:35
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Had the same issue with Windows 7 Beta build 7000. It just stopped doing updates with error 8000ffff. Would not even create the restore point before checking for updates. My copy was activated. None of the Vista fixes work and even though I know I had done at least one update after installing, my update history no longer showed any installed updates. Trying to reinstall the Windows Update agent software failed each time with an error (no code).  Vista fixes listed did not work.

Here is how I fixed it. Took the DVD that I created with the initial install image and installed it as an update to my OS. So in essence, I updated from Windows 7 to Windows 7. Had to re-enter the install key and it looked like it went through the entire install. Had to reload video drivers, etc. However, when I was done, I had a working copy of Windows 7 with all my previous users, passwords, docs, downloads, etc. and didn't loose anything. Windows 7 updates just fine now.

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