If I do a full reformat on my Vista laptop, is what will solve the problem - "Windows cannot check for updates" error code 800FFFF? Frustrated!

I have a laptop that I use mainly for cloud computing and travel.  I have much stored on the hard drive itself and I spent hours trying to solve the problem regarding

Windows can't check for updates, error code 800FFFF.

I tried some of the recommendations varied on this site, but so far without success.

If I just wipe my computer, and then start reinstalling everything from below upwards, will that solve the problem?  I know it sounds drastic, but I'm willing to do, and hopefully learn something in the process.

I'm not computer specific read and write... so it would take me hours, wading through all the different corrections before as I find one that works.  That's why I'm considering a reformat.

I checked for malware and repeatedly tried to system update readiness tool.

Any thoughts?

Some information on my system:

OS: Vista Edition Home Premium
Version: 6.0.6002 Service Pack 2 Build 6002
Model: Inspiron 1525
System type: X 86-based PC
Processor: Intel Core 2 DUO CPU
The version of the BIOS/date: Dell Inc. A16, 16/10/2008
SMBIOS Version 2.4

Hello Jason.

I suggest you try the following:
 
close and exit all the open documents or windows program you have open.
 
Open Internet Explorer (only!) go to http://support.microsoft.com/kb/923737 
[ignore the warnings of DO NOT APPLY and the section will APPLY to] & run the difficulty.
 
Note => for best results, check the option to remove personal settings.
 
NEXT
1. open Internet Explorer (only!) to http://support.microsoft.com/kb/910336 [ignore the title & symptoms].
 
1B. make disappear/close the pop-up window "automated troubleshooting! -then...
 
c. 1, without taking into account any warnings similar, or '' not recommended '' run difficulty he 50202 in DEFAULT mode (if on a race later you still have the same failure, then repeat the above & select aggressive mode).

2. closing of the session and restart the cool system & then run manually check the updates in Windows Update, etc, etc...
When you get to Windows Update, a custom scan updates. Take (accept) those marked critical or Important.
 
If it has updates Silverlight or Net Framework, select not them and leave it for one pass later.
Those that are marked as "optional" decline.
 
Have infinite patience so that it scans and it's work.
 
When you are prompted to restart Windows, please do. Allow it to restart.

If you still have a failure and you just did a Fix - IT in the default mode, date back to 1 a/1 c and now this time make the default mode AND aggressive mode (both) and retry Windows Update again

Note: Running aggressive mode difficulty he 50202 will result in a loss of the history of the update but will not affect the actual installed updates.

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