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Windows Update No Longer Functioning

by nine8102 / January 6, 2004 4:44 AM PST

I've got: XP Home (v5.1 build 2600.xpsp2.030422-1633: SP1) on an Emachine/AMD-2800/320GB/512MB/NVidia Chipset/FICA AU31 mainboard

When I go to Windows Update, I can choose my desired updates. When the java screen comes up that asks if I accept the EULA, I hit "yes" and then i get the download progress popup, where it shows two empty bars and "Preparing to Download". It must be a helluva preparation because it never happens, even after hours of waiting. Even with the Norton Personal Firewall disable and even unloaded. Nothing.

So I figured I'd just update IE and see if that solves the problem. I went to Microsoft and got the latest IE6 Setup and I click on it. I get the EULA yes/no, hit yes/next --> Windows 2000/XP Install (no options) Next --> Preparing to update Windows and then an error message that says "Setup has detected a newer version of Internet explorer already on this system. Setup cannot continue". there a registry tweak I can do to force this to allow it to happen? Ot is it never that easy? I don't believe it to be a firewall issue nor a popup issue. I don't know what caused this or when it started (a while ago).

Autoupdate still happens for the critical updates, but that's all i'm getting out of it.

Also, possibly related, when i click on a link and a popout comes up (a desirable one with more info or whatever), it's just an empty window that never loads its information. Just blank.

When I run Mozilla Firebird (really an awesome browser for most things), this doesn't happen. Shouldn't be a conflict because Firebird isn't really installed. It's just in a directory.

So....any help? If anyone thinks there onto something and needs more information, don't hesitate to write me direct at

T H A N K S in advance!

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Re:Windows Update No Longer Functioning
by Pretender / January 6, 2004 10:06 AM PST

I am new to XP, but was told in a forum that XP does not now come with Java due to the dispute between ms and sun. I have just downloaded Java on my computer, but have not installed yet. My Windows Update has worked fine though, so perhaps there's another problem? Microsoft has a dedicated forum to Windows Update problems. You might go to and hunt the forum down.

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Ck this thread out first. Robert knows his stuff!
by Pretender / January 6, 2004 10:11 AM PST
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Windows Update Newsgroup isn't made easy to find to here's link>>>
by Pretender / January 6, 2004 10:21 AM PST
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FYI, should you be interested in the error,
by Cursorcowboy / January 6, 2004 9:36 PM PST

please read through the Microsoft Developer Network (MSDN) article, "[Q304872]" that discusses the error reported.

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