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Article ID: 956699 - Last Review: September 27, 2011 - Revision: 4.0

Error description

When you try to install updates on a Windows-based computer by using the Windows Update or Microsoft Update Web site, you may receive the following error message:
This problem may occur if the Windows file system transaction log is corrupted. The Windows file system uses the transaction log to recover system transactions when a file error occurs.

This article helps you fix the problem. To have us fix this problem for you, go to the “Fix it for me” section. If you would rather fix this problem yourself, go to the “Let me fix it myself” section.

Fix it for me

To fix this problem automatically, click the Fix this problem link. Then click Run in the File Download dialog box, and follow the steps in this wizard.

Fix this problem
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Note This wizard is temporarily in English only. However, the automatic fix also works for other language versions of Windows.

Note If you are not on the computer that has the problem, you can save the automatic fix to a flash drive or to a CD, and then you can run it on the computer that has the problem.

Now go to the "Did this fix the problem?" section.

Let me fix it myself

To fix this problem, follow these steps:
  1. Click Start
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    Start button
    , type cmd in the Start Search box, and then right-click cmd in the Programs list.
  2. Click Run as administrator, and then click Continue.
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    User Access Control
    If you are prompted for an administrator password or for confirmation, type the password, or click Allow.
  3. At a command prompt, type the following command, and then press ENTER:
    fsutil resource setautoreset true c:\
    Note These steps assume that Windows is installed in the default location, on drive C. If this is not the case, adjust the drive letter of the folder path to match your configuration.
  4. Restart the computer.
Now go to the "Did this fix the problem?" section.

Did this fix the problem?

Check whether the problem is fixed. If the problem is fixed, you are finished with this article. If the problem is not fixed, you can contact support ( .


Microsoft has confirmed that this is a problem in the Microsoft products that are listed in the "Applies to" section.

  • Microsoft Windows Update
  • Microsoft Update
  • Windows Vista Home Basic 64-bit Edition
  • Windows Vista Home Premium 64-bit Edition
  • Windows Vista Ultimate 64-bit Edition
  • Windows Vista Business 64-bit Edition
  • Windows Vista Home Basic N 64-bit Edition
  • Windows Vista Home Basic
  • Windows Vista Home Premium
  • Windows Vista Ultimate
  • Windows Vista Business
  • Windows Vista Enterprise
  • Windows Vista Starter
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