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Windows 7 SP1 Failed to Install - 0X800736B3

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February 24, 2011 2:21:01 PM

Any help would be greatly appreciated, I would rather not have to do a fresh install of Windows just to successfully apply the SP1 update, but here is a summary of what I've tried to do thus far:

Attempted Actions:
(1) Windows Update - SP1 Install Failed (0x800736B3)
(2) Install from Microsoft Download Center (MDC) - Failed


windows6.1-KB976932-X64.exe - Failed
0x800736B3 ERROR_SXS_ASSEMBLY_NOT_FOUND
The referenced assembly is not installed on your system.

(3) Install from Microsoft Download Center - Failed

7601.17514.101119-1850_Update_Sp_Wave1-GRMSP1.1_DVD.iso - Failed
0x800736B3 ERROR_SXS_ASSEMBLY_NOT_FOUND
The referenced assembly is not installed on your system.

(4) Disabled Anti-Virus Software and Executed Windows Update Troubleshooter via Control Panel - Failed

Received message that error is fixed, and reattempt to install from Windows Update - Failed (0x800736B3)

(5) Successfully Installed System Update Readiness Tool for Windows 7 for x64-based Systems (KB947821) [February 2011]

Reattempted to Install SP1 via Windows Update - Failed (0x800736B3)
Reattempted to Install SP1 from MDC Package - Failed (0x800736B3)

(6) Restarted with Only Windows System Drivers via Misconfig - Failed

Reattempted to Install SP1 via Windows Update - Failed (0x800736B3)
Reattempted to Install SP1 from MDC package - Failed (0x800736B3)

(7) SafeMode Installation of SP1 from MDC package - Failed (0x800736B3)

0x800736B3 ERROR_SXS_ASSEMBLY_NOT_FOUND
The referenced assembly is not installed on your system.

Suggested Solutions to Try:
(8) Execute sfc /scannow
(9) Execute Windows Repair from Installation CD
(10) ...
(11) ...
(12) ...

Hardware Specifications
Processor: Intel Core i7-950 @ 4.0 GHz (167X23/24 - TB & HT @ 1.312V)
Primary GPU: Palit GeForce GTX 460 2GB (825/1800/3600 @ 0.9 V) - 260.89
Secondary GPU: Palit GeForce GTX 460 2GB
Tertiary GPU: Palit GTX 450 1 GB (783/1566/3608 @ 0.9 V)
Memory: A-Data 12GB (2GBX3) DDR3/1600 MHz (1333 - 167X8 @ 1.81V 7-7-7-20)
Motherboard: GigaByte GA-X58A-UD3R (Rev 2.0 - FE1)
PSU: Corsair HX1000W
Hard Drives: 1X1TB SATA III 6.0Gb/s (WD1002FAEX) and 2X1TB SATA II 3.0Gb/s (WD1001FALS)
Sound: Sound Blaster Xi-Fi Titanium
Case: Azza Hurrican 2000 Full Tower
CPU Cooling: Asetek 570LX Liquid Cooling System w/ 240mm Radiator Push-Pull Configuration (40C/70C)
Optical Drive: Lite-On 24x DVD Burner
OS: Windows 7 Professional 64-Bit

End Notes:
As further background some Windows updates had similar issues, which were resolved from installing the Windows hot fix or installing after rebooting with only system drivers. But this time around no-joy, I hope someone around here can suggest other possible solutions I may have missed.
February 24, 2011 10:10:09 PM

I actually went to Microsoft, completed the validation code, and downloaded the entire update outside of Windows Update. Installed just fine.
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February 25, 2011 1:53:53 PM

Updated Attempts:
(8) Execute sfc /scannow

After running the diagnostic, the log contain a series of errors which the diagnostic wasn't able to fix, rather than taking the time to identify and attempt to remedy each line item error, I opted to start with a clean slate.

(9) Fresh Install of Windows - Success
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