Most times that I run into this it is due to a pest having trashed IE settings. The only solution I have is to uninstall IE with IEradicator. Have the IE6 set-up file on your H/D as you will have no browser. FireFox and M/S do not play nice.
Wait for some others to join in they may have a less radical cure.
This is the second post--two weeks ago, Grif responded and suggested that MS may be running too many downloads and that I should try a few more times.
My PC is running XP (Home) with the SP2 update from CD. When I go to the MS Update site, MS suggests two downloads--the IE and the Office.
Not only do I go to the site manually, I have set "automatic update" to run, as well. In addition, I turn off ZoneAlarm and Norton while at the download page.
The updates simply do NOT download. After failure, I go to the 'history' page and click on "failed"--and find the following Error Code: 80072EFD.
Searching Yahoo! or CNET for that code gives me all kinds of stuff on XML, I think (?!?!)
Any thoughts out there?