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Fix: Could not start the Automatic Updates service on Local Computer. Error 0×80004015: The class is configured to run as a security id different from the caller

Issue: Automatic Updates (AU) service will not start attempting to start the service manually results in the following error on a Windows XP SP3 machine:

Could not start the Automatic Updates service on Local Computer.  Error 0×80004015: The class is configured to run as a security id different from the caller

Solution

From a command prompt re-register the Automatic Updates dll by running:

regsvr32 /u wuaueng.dll

regsvr32 wuaueng.dll

Change the Automatic Updates service startup from to Automatic if this is not done already.  The Automatic Updates service should now start on its own on reboot.  Make sure Background Intelligent Transfer Service (BITS) and Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI) are both set to Automatic as well before reboot.  Sometimes if this happens as a result of a virus you will need to adjust those settings.

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