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If you’re looking for a simple solution to resolving this nagging Windows error, then you have come to the right place, as I intend to lay everything down for you in as easy a fashion as possible. In this article I intend to discuss exactly what error 0x80190194 is, how it occurs, and the various symptoms associated with it, and most importantly, how you can rectify it.
Microsoft Windows is without a doubt the most popular operating system. As a result, users are no strangers to the various errors that occur on it, such as the many stop errors, BSOD errors, DLL errors and much more.
What Is Error 0x80190194?
A common scenario entails a user installing a new copy of Windows on their system, along with the latest service pack, then attempting to updating the OS with the latest drivers and security updates, only for them to receive error 0x80190194. The error may appear when attempting to use the Windows Update component (which is integrated into Windows), or the Microsoft Windows Update website (most commonly), either way, the error message is the same, with the same ramifications.
This error also occurs on virtually all versions of Windows.
Users prompted with this error, typically receive the following error message:
[Error number: 0x80190194] The website has encountered a problem and cannot display the page you are trying to view. The options provided below might help you solve the problem.
Symptoms of Error
There are so many different symptoms that can be associated with the Windows error 0x80190194; this is primarily due to the nature of the error.
Typically, a user should expect to experience nothing more than an inability to update their operating system. However, more serve symptoms may include, a users inability to properly restart their system, certain peripherals, such as the mouse and keyboard, not working as they should, the computer constantly freezing. Frequent program crashing, and system restarts can all be attributed to this error, one way or another.
How to Fix It
Because of the regularity in which users experience Windows Update errors, there are numerous solutions that one can use. Error 0x80190194 on the other hand is unique in that, users typically report encountering the error while attempting to update via the Microsoft Windows Update website. However, this is no way, absolves your computer, as in most cases, the error is typically as a result of a fault on your system.
With that said, there are a number of solutions that one can try, all of which I have outlined below.
Use Restore Point
One of the most effective methods of fixing the error 0x80190194 is to use System Restore. This Windows component basically allows you to restore your system back to a previous state, so for example, if Windows Update was working perfectly on your system a week ago, you can use System Restore to set your system back to that working period.
Bearing in mind, this method will only work if the feature has been enabled on your operating system. You can verify whether or not this is so, by following the instructions on the following web page on System Restore.
If the tool is running, then you can utilise a restore point by following the instructions on my post on error code 800b0100.
Run Registry Scan
Another method that you can use to repair error 0x80190194, involves repairing the Windows registry of missing file references, corrupt registry keys, and various other things that may be triggering this particular error.
The Windows registry, if you don’t already know, is basically the heart of the system, it’s used, by the operating system to store the most important data, such as file settings, hardware configuration data, program settings and much more. The downside to the registry is that it’s highly susceptible to faults, faults that typically manifest themselves in the form of errors. So there is a strong chance that the error you are encountering is due to the registry.
With that said, when it comes to fixing the registry, you have two options. The first, involves manually accessing and repairing the registry, which is an extremely complex task, which could potentially damage your system if done incorrectly.
The second option involves using a registry cleaner tool like SpeedyPC Pro to automatically scan, detect and repair all the errors it finds within your registry. A tool like SpeedyPC Pro is also capable of carrying out a number of additional tasks, such as system optimisation, malware removal and much more. So it’s really a tool that you should be running regularly to prevent incidents like this from occurring.
Anyway, SpeedyPC Pro is definitely the option I recommended, so if this tool interests you, you can check it out at the following link: http://www.compuchenna.co.uk/go/speedypcpro
Disable Security Software
There is a good chance that the error 0x80190194 may be caused by a security tool (such as your firewall) blocking access to the Windows Update server. So you’ll want to ensure this is not the case. The simplest way of doing this, would be to just disable the tool, and then attempt to access Windows Update.
Restart Associated Services
Another common cause for error 0x80190194 is due to the disabling or specific Windows services that are required by the component to operate. To ensure that this isn’t the case in your situation, you’ll want to set various Windows services to start, to do this, simply follow the instructions below:
1. First, boot into your computer with full administrative rights.
2. Once in press + R, type services.msc and click on OK.
3. This will load up Services, double click on Windows Update.
4. Then set Startup type to automatic, click on Start and then click on OK.
5. Then repeat Step 3 – 4 for Cryptographic Services.
6. Lastly, repeat Step 3 – 4 for Background Intelligent Transfer Service.
7. Restart your computer, and then retry Windows Update.
Remove Recent Changes
If you recently installed a new application or hardware component, just before encountering the error 0x80190194, then consider removing those changes, as there is a good chance that such changes are conflicting with the Windows Update component.
For help on how to properly remove applications and hardware drivers, I recommend you visit my post on uninstall issues.
Install Latest Service Pack
It’s extremely important your operating system is running the latest Windows Service Pack (assuming it isn’t already), as it typically contains a series of upgrades, security patches and Windows components, which could, rectify the fault on your computer.
Anyway, you can acquire the latest Service Pack for your system, from the following link: http://windows.microsoft.com/en-gb/windows/service-packs-download
Run a Virus Scan
If all of the above methods failed to resolve the error 0x80190194, then you may want to look into a possible virus or malware being the main culprit for the error. To verify whether or not this is the case, I recommend you run a full virus scan of your system.
However, before you go ahead and do that, it’s very important that you’re using the optimal security solution, and it’s for that reason that I recommend you check out my post on the very best security suites.
Update Your Browser
If you’re receiving the error 0x80190194 while attempting to update Windows through the Microsoft Update website, then you may want to consider upgrading your web browser.
Microsoft’s Update site typically only works on Microsoft’s Internet Explorer browser, so make sure you’re using the most up-to-date version.
You can download the latest Internet Explorer from the following link: http://windows.microsoft.com/en-gb/internet-explorer/download-ie
If the error still persists after attempting all of the methods outlined above, then I’d have to recommend you run a repair installation of your system.
To do this, you will need your Windows CD which you will use for the reinstallation process. The instructions on how to do this can be found on my page on enhancing system performance.
Alternatively, if you do not have a Windows CD, which is all too common nowadays (due to most systems coming with the OS pre-installed), then I recommend you use Reimage, which is a Windows repair tool, capable of repairing your operating system without the requirement of a CD. It accesses all of the original Windows files from its own server, and then installs them on your system, where necessary.
Anyway, if you find yourself in this situation, then you should download Reimage, from the following link: http://www.compuchenna.co.uk/go/reimage