I have just bought a Acer Laptop,It came with Vista Baasic, no recovery discs and he had formatted the Installed Recovery Version.
Anyway when I try To Update windows I get 80073712 error
one solution was to delete a file rename software distribution file and manually install windows update
I have tried to find the file C:windows/sxs.xml thingy file to delete,but i have not got one.
renamed software distribution file - no joy
tried to manually install windows update - 80073712 error again
tried system restore - same
tyr to run SFC and see what happens if not then
This may or not help but the vista updater has been changed.
Try to go to the update page and see if it will let you install the new updater prog. This may over write the file and fix it.