Windows Update = Fail

Your_Moms_Box

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Question for you baggers.

I've noticed that when I try to use windows update it downloads the updates but always fails to install them.




Any clues as to how i fix this?


It works if i use automatic updater, but that only grabs and installs the high priority updates.
 
Jun 30, 2005
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#2
i had a prob w/ this with my win2k laptop. I ended up finding the actual microsoft update # for the one that was failing and manually downloading the .exe updated from microsofts site and running that on my pc and that worked...IDK why it happens, but it does...
 

blazin

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if you go into your update history - the link is on the side of the windows update page, you can see the failed installation, along with an error code.

Start there, google the error code.
 

Your_Moms_Box

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if you go into your update history - the link is on the side of the windows update page, you can see the failed installation, along with an error code.

Start there, google the error code.
I'm using XP


Also, I've tried that, the weird thing is they dont show up as failed updates in the history.


They show as downloaded when I look at the list, but just fail on install..


All that i've been able to find by googling is that it could be a script blocker, but I've tried turning off AVG and no difference.


I actually tried downloading the .net service pack and it said microsoft wasn't a trusted something or another.



I need the new version of .net for my new radeon driver and control software.
 

d0uche_n0zzle

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Get the M$ removal tool, open and remove the .NET, and you should be able to DL the update without problem. Then DL the .NET and reinstall it.
 

Your_Moms_Box

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#9
Get the M$ removal tool, open and remove the .NET, and you should be able to DL the update without problem. Then DL the .NET and reinstall it.
it's not just the dot net though... nothing will update.....



I'm very clse to just reformating... it's due anyway.. but I don't feel like backing everything up yet.
 

jsc315

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i had this problem with my old pc. What happens is the updates download but they wont install correctly, or the problem was the updater would download and install everything correctly sometimes but it wouldn't recognize that it installed them and would re download the most recent updates and then install. this would happen to me 2-6 times every windows update. reformatting will probably fix the problem. i reformat my pc around once a year.

also, if you dont want to download all your updates when you reformat check out http://www.heise-security.co.uk/articles/80682
its a article on downloading all windows updates and burning it as and .iso image to a cd and from what i head it works flawlessly. the article has the download and step by step info on how to it. its pretty simple.
 

zagman76

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open your services mmc (Start, Run, services.msc)
Stop the "Automatic Updates" service
Navigate to \Windows
Rename the Folder: SoftwareDistribution to SoftwareDistribution.old
Start the "Automatic Updates" service
open IE and go to: http://www.update.microsoft.com and choose a "custom" install.
You may be prompted first to DL the latest Genuine Advantage tool. Once you do that, have the site scan your system again, and download any high-priority updates (and any optional ones you wish as well).
 

thelord68

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#12
Try using dial-a-fix

This program will reset your update status and flush out any "stuck" updates. I used it on a number of systems that had a similar problem.
 

BCH

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#13
^^^

This guy's got it. Orphaned components. Your system keeps downloading updates for products which no longer are on your system. For instance, a security update for Media PLayer 10 and you've updated to 11 or a Patch for IE6 and you've updated to IE7...