Windows Update Error – Being prepared…

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Fixed by performing these actions:

Net stop Wuauserv

Net stop cryptsvc

Net stop bits

Try running:

ren %systemroot%\System32\Catroot2 Catroot2.old

ren %systemroot%\SoftwareDistribution SoftwareDistribution.old

If above rename commands do not work, manually go to %systemroot% and rename the SoftwareDistribution folder and \System32\Catroot2 folders with a .old or .bak extension. Sometimes you have to re-run the net stop cryptsvc again and immediately perform the rename.

Then, restart the service.

Net start cryptsvc

Net start bits

Net start wuauserv

Your software update should now resolve correctly:

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