Twice in my life have I seen that error message. The first time, I ended up just formatting the system since it persisted for days and for many different users. The second time, it went away on its own a few minutes later.
I'd say if it doesn't go away on its own in a day or two, format the system again and start over. Just try to keep from getting too entrenched in the meantime.
There is a MSKB article on that particular error, but none of the solutions ever worked for me in the first example. You can find links to it pretty quickly by typing that error code into Google.
Hi all, I recently formatted my hdd and reinstalled xp, now I can't seem to Windows Update. The error message that comes up after I have clicked on express or custom is [0x8024402F]. I have enabled Windows Update and the BITS service automatically. I've tried taking my firewall down, I don't have a router or hardware firewall, just ZoneAlarm Free. Any Suggestions? Microsoft have nothing about it.
By the way, I have SP2.