When Microsoft’s recommendations do not fix your userdata persistence error(0x800A0046)

About once a month I go to the Windows Update and let it check my computer. If Windows Update is working properly, the Windows Update cupboard will be bare. Sometime in December Windows Update stopped working for me and it started giving me a userdata persistence error. The help system said that all of my problems would disappear if I would just enable userdata persistence in my browser. So what do you do when your browser already has userdata persistence enabled? While I pondered that problem I ran Microsoft Baseline Security Analyzer to get my updates.

Today I found my solution. While I was investigating another problem, I found KB943144 – Updates are not installed successfully from Windows Update…. In this article it tells you how to manually re-install Windows Update. This was just what the doctor ordered!