Windows 10 Pro 10586.17
I have been asked by my mom to update and prepare her laptop for her to do the taxes. Unfortunately for me her PC was a bit of a mess operationally wise. after fixing some account group errors, and running sfc and chkdsk (they both found and successfully fixed some things). 'SFC now reports no integrity violations were found' and likewise chkdsk is not finding any errors. however, I have run into some strange issues all of which are most likely related to each other. I have done as much as I can. I got the start menu and Cortana back up and working and I have put windows into a clean boot state. the problems I am having aside, windows is running relatively well.
first on the list is the task scheduler service. it will not stay running. the start type is set to auto, but it is not starting when windows does. I can tell the service to start, but it seems to stop after a while. when I try and bring up the task scheduler program, I get a 'remote computer was not found' error. if I try and tell task scheduler to connect to the local system, it fails.
next issue is windows update, when I try and access the updates section in settings, settings freezes up. accessing the other options in settings still works however. when I try and start the windows update service, I get an error 1607.
the next issue I believe is directly tied to the task scheduler not being able to stay running, is when I go to open a windows utility like computer management, or an elevated command prompt. on the first attempt on opening the needed function, I get either a 'no program is associated with this action message' or a stub data not found error. the second attempt always succeeds however.
right before I hit a brick wall, I tried do to a 'DISM /online /cleanup-image /restorehealth' operation, but encountered a 'error 193: an initialization error has occurred' message.
I tried preparing a install.WIM to try repairing windows using that method, but the same error occurs.
I am at a loss on what my next steps should be. and any help would be much appreciated.