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Windows can't check for updates

by fireplaceguru / April 30, 2010 11:02 AM PDT

I am using vista home premium sp2 32 bit operating system, I have not been able to install updates since 28/01/10, this is the last day a windows update occurred and there is no way to uninstall. I have tried installing updates without antivirus and firewall programs running with no success.

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What does
by MarkFlax Forum moderator / April 30, 2010 10:38 PM PDT

your Windows Update utility in the Control Panel say? Mine says at the moment, "No important updates available".

In that window, what happens if you click the "Check for updates" in the left hand side-bar? What messages do you see?


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Windows Update Troubleshooter
by CassandraF_WinTeam / May 3, 2010 3:54 AM PDT
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It would help if...
by Papa Echo / May 4, 2010 9:49 AM PDT

... you provide more information like what happened when you ran Windows update... what error messages appeared, etc. rather than just "... I have not been able to install updates since ..."

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Windows cant check for updates
by fireplaceguru / May 5, 2010 12:24 AM PDT
In reply to: It would help if...

Windows could nbot search for new updates
An error occurred while checking
for new updates for your computer

Error(s) found:
Code 80072EFD Windows Update encountered an unknown error.

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The error number is thankfully discussed.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / May 5, 2010 12:31 AM PDT
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Windows can't check for updates (vista)
by jasehunt / August 9, 2012 10:06 PM PDT

I had this problem for a month, a balloon from the update icon would come up with the message but no error code. When I tried to update it would look like it was doing something but then never work. I tried a few fixes I found but there was very little information especially as there was no error code.

I thought about how I could uninstall and reinstall windows update and realised the only way to do that was to via the latest service pack which is sp2.

In Windows update there is the facility to view and remove INSTALLED UPDATES. Look for the most recent service pack. (it will just say Service Pack) under the Microsoft Windows heading. (Don't get confused with other service packs eg for microsoft office). Uninstall the service pack, reboot and then Windows will start updating again and then reinstall SP2 itself. Problem solved!!

I actually also removed my Virus protection before I reinstalled and then put it back on after. I don't think it was crucial but it didn't do any harm

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