wuauclt.exe runs every day for approx 1 hour!

Once everyday the Windows update process wuauclt.exe runs for almost 40 mins during which time the system is completely unresponsive. Is this normal? I'm running Windows XP service pack 3 and I've got Norton AntiVirus installed.

I've just done a complete search for "wuauclt.exe" on my system. I found four candidates. Here are their sizes and message digests:


C:\WINDOWS\Prefetch\WUAUCLT.EXE-399A8E72.pf (size: 71kb -- md5: d334d955d85727879430f67f44cc8a81)


C:\WINDOWS\system32\wuauclt.exe (size: 53kb -- md5: 62bb79160f86cd962f312c68c6239bfd)


C:\WINDOWS\ServicePackFiles\i386\wuauclt.exe (size: 109kb -- md5: ed7262e52c31cf1625b65039102bc16c)


C:\WINDOWS\system32\dllcache\wuauclt.exe (size: 53kb -- md5: 62bb79160f86cd962f312c68c6239bfd)


 

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Last updated April 8, 2019 Views 236,007 Applies to:
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Problem solved. All I had to do was delete the directory C:\WINDOWS\SoftwareDistribution\DataStore

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