This article is intended for a beginning to intermediate computer user.
You may find it easier to follow the steps if you print this article first.
- When you try to install an update by using the Windows Update Web site, you receive an error message that includes the following error code: 0x80073712The update does not install.
- When you click Turn Windows features on or off in the Programs and Features Control Panel item, the Windows Features dialog box is empty. No features are shown.
Note For information about the log entry that appears in the System log after the error occurs, see the "More Information" section.
If you know that you are logged on as an administrator or that you can supply the logon information for an account that has administrative credentials, go directly to Method 1. If you need help determining whether your account has administrative credentials, follow these steps:
- Click Start, and then click Run.
- In the Open box, type timedate.cpl, and then press ENTER. The Date and Time dialog box opens.
- On the Date and Time tab, click Change date and time. If the User Account Control dialog box opens, click Continue.
- One of two things will happen next. Choose either A or B to continue.
A: If you are prompted to type an administrator password, and you see administrator account names listed, you are logged on with a standard account. If A: is true, you are not the computer administrator. If you are logged on with a standard account and you want to continue with this task, you must be able to supply an administrator account name and password every time that you are prompted. Unfortunately, if you do not know the password for any administrator accounts on your computer, these methods cannot help you. You might want to ask someone for help or contact support.
B: If you are not prompted to type an administrator password, and you do not see administrator account names listed, you are logged on with a computer administrator account. Click Cancel, and then click Cancel again to close the Date and Time dialog box. If B: is true, you are the computer administrator, so let's get started.
This method is rated: Moderately easy
Estimated time: 5-10 minutes
To run the System File Checker, complete these steps:
- Click Start, and then type cmd in the Start Search box.
- In the results area, right-click cmd.exe, and then click Run as administrator. You will be prompted to type the password for an administrator account. Click Continue if you are the administrator or type the administrator password. Then, click Continue.
- At the command prompt, type Sfc /scannow, and then press ENTER.
The scan may take some time, so be patient. Windows will repair any corrupted or missing files that it finds. If information from the installation CD is needed to repair the problem, you may be prompted to insert your Windows Vista or Windows 7 CD.
If this method did not work for you, you might want to try Method 2. If you do not want to continue troubleshooting the problem, you might want to contact support.
Method 2: Perform a system restorePerforming a system restore returns system files and settings to a previously non-corrupted state.
This method is rated: Moderately easy
Estimated time: 5 to 10 minutes
To perform a system restore, complete the steps below for your operating system:
For Windows 7 Users
- Click Start , type system restore in the Searchprograms and files box.
- Right-click System Restore, click Run as administrator.
- In the System Restore dialog box, click Next.
- Select a restore point in the list that's dated before you you started experiancing the issue and then click Next.
- On the Confirm your restore point window, click Finish.
- Click Start , type system restore in the Start Search box.
- Right-click System Restore, click Run as administrator, and then click Continue.
- In the System Restore dialog box, click to select the Recommended restore check box, click Next, and then click Finish.
After you restore your system, try to run Windows Update. Or, try to turn Windows features off and on to see whether the problem is resolved. If this method worked for you, congratulations, you are finished with this article. If this method did not work for you, you might want to contact support.
Article ID: 931712 - Last Review: Jun 28, 2011 - Revision: 1