How to Fix Wups2.dll Error

Wups2.dll is a module that is associated with Microsoft Corporation’s Windows Operating System.

You may be one of many users experiencing problems with Windows updates when you install updates from the Windows or Microsoft Update website or through the Automatic Updates feature.

You may experience this problem if:

A.
You try to update a computer that is running on Windows XP.
You have used the Windows XP CD to repair the Windows XP installation.

B.
You try to update a computer that is running on Windows XP.
You have recently installed Windows XP Service Pack (SP) 2.
You visited a Windows update site and performed an update to Windows XP Service Pack 3.

Cause

The first situation may occur because the repair operation replaces all the Windows system files, including the Update files, with the corresponding files from the CD and restores the Windows registry.

Wups2.dll is not available in the release version of Windows XP. After you complete the repair, the Wups2.dll file stays on the computer but the corresponding registry entries are missing. The missing registry entries make it impossible to update successfully.

The second situation occurs if you install Windows XP Service Pack 3 after installing the latest Windows Update client without first restarting the computer. Wups2.dll is not enabled in this scenario. Again, updates are unsuccessful in this scenario.

Resolution

Method 1 – Register Wups2.dll file

  1. Stop the Automatic Updates Service.
  2. Type in regsvr32 %windir%\system32\wups2.dll at the command prompt.
  3. If you are on a computer using Windows XP Professional x64 Edition, use the following command instead.regsvr32 %windir%\syswow64\wups2.dll
  4. Press Enter.
  5. Click OK for each verification message that you receive.
  6. Start the Automatic Updates service.

Method 2 – Download and install the Windows Update Agent.

This article will tell you how to get the latest version of Windows Update Agent. This will help you manage the updates on your computer.

The Wups2.dll error and fixes apply to these products.

  • Microsoft Windows XP Professional
  • Microsoft Windows XP Professional x64 Edition

Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition, when used with:

  • Microsoft Windows XP Service Pack 2
  • Microsoft Windows XP Service Pack 3
  • Microsoft Windows XP Media Center Edition 2002
  • Microsoft Windows XP Media Center Edition 2004
  • Microsoft Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005
  • Microsoft Windows XP Tablet PC Edition

You can keep your computer healthy by installing necessary updates and hotfixes to bugs and other known issues.

You can also protect your system from unwanted crashes, errors and other failures simply by using a registry cleaner like RegServe. This registry scanning software can not only identify and fix registry errors, the RegServe program can also prevent the occurrence of such errors.

You should also use an antivirus program to protect your system against malware attacks. Increase your protection by using a trusted anti-spyware program that will provide you with protection from spyware.