Continuing his efforts to keep Microsoft Event Logs everywhere pristine, Aaron Silber helps us knock out another error message in his EventLog Clean Series :
An attempt to open the file “C:\Windows\SoftwareDistribution\DataStore.edb” for read only access failed with system error 3: "The system cannot find the path specified. ". The open file operation will fail with error -1023
I have noticed this one pop-up every so often, but pretty much ignored it as I always disable the automatic windows updates, but I decided to look into it and actually the fix is quite easy. Basically from what I can tell this is a database that is created dynamically by the Automatic Updates service; it seems that from time to time this file can get corrupted; the answer is to simply delete it and restart the service, personally I like to delete everything under the DataStore folder to give it a clean start. The system will automatically recreate the file and voila, no more message!