Windows Update Failure

Dell Inspiron 1525 laptop (intel pentium...
May 12, 2010 at 22:03:53
Specs: Windows Vista, 3 GB
Last update on Dec 25th 2008
Last update check on Dec 28th 2008

Windows update stopped working for me back in the beginning of 2009, but I couldn't figure out the problem and eventually just gave up, it didn't appear to be causing any problems
...until recently

I had been getting an error when checking for updates which was 8007002 or something
and again I gave up, until recently when my MSN shut down and refused to login
then I noticed that Internet Explorer refused to connect with the internet (Was using firefox anyways)
I figured out that problem and it's now fixed, but I noticed that Windows update immediately came back online

So I decided to update (Seems logical)
It told me "To check for updates, you must first install an update for Windows Update"
Sure why not? So I did
It appeared to be doing something, but then my computer froze, I restarted, had to do a system repair (And I have been doing that A LOT recently, this started about the time MSN messenger went offline)
I have been up for about 3 hours trying to "Install an update for windows update"
so I figured that using google was probably a better choice
I looked for a manual way to install it
Found it:
followed instructions and went with the one for "x86-based computer"
that worked exactly the same as windows update, about a minute of "Appearing to work" and then froze
I had restart several times and ended up restarting with "Last good config" only thing that worked
Now I finally got back on and windows update refuses to even start up (The link in the start menu is a empty shortcut, leading to nothing)

p.s. My computer went on a freezing/start-up repair fit whenever the program "mpsigstub.exe" tried to start-up
I am guessing that has something to do with Windows defender and/or mircosoft's malicious software removal tool (Both of which only cause problems for me apparently)

Also, the original cause of Internet Explorer crashing was that the settings were somehow changed to work with LAN connections
Seeing as how I never use Internet Explorer the chances of me setting this are 0%, considering the last time I used internet Explorer was probably 2008

also note, I still have the program I downloaded, but won't be running it again, nor will I be doing anything more until I get a reply
Don't want to make things worse... Again..
Thank you for any help
(I had 1 Restore point before all of this, it magically disappeared... when I needed it most)

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May 13, 2010 at 06:03:42
a lesson NEED IE to work in order to get all the critical updates on your PC.
Firefox is just an alternate browser. You are best off to do a repair install of vista and then get all your criticals updated. With a healthy OS your pc will perform much better

Some HELP in posting on plus free progs and instructions Cheers

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