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Microsoft Windows XP Update messed up

by lonewolf999 / May 14, 2011 3:35 AM PDT

About a month ago, my Windows Update stopped giving me notifications of updates, and when I do attempt updates, they download, but don't install. Now if I set updates to automatic, some of the updates install when I shut down my pc.
I have WinXP (SP3). I have run Malwarebytes, SuperAntiSpyware, Avast (which was my primary anti-virus, but has been replaced with Panda Cloud Free) and Spyware Terminator. I've tried serveral different 'fixes' I've found on this site, and others. Nothing works.

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Same here.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / May 14, 2011 3:39 AM PDT

What I'm seeing across a lot of machines is hit or miss updates. Given how close we are to the end of XP I doubt this is going to be fixed.

-> Let's note the OLD FASHIONED WAY to get those updates. Note the KB123456 or KB1234567 and then google that KB number. You may find more detail about the update or a download which you can fetch and install manually.

It's also worth noting that Microsoft has for years suffered us with update issues. It's never been perfect and pains folk that expected it to "just work."

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Been there..done that
by lonewolf999 / May 14, 2011 7:04 AM PDT
In reply to: Same here.

The OLD FASHIONED WAY is how I have to do updates now, but when up to 10 updates download, then fail to install, it gets pretty labor intensive. Plus, my laptop seems to be fine, so I'm hoping it doesn't start doing this too. I also forgot to note that about the time this started, .NETFramework created a user account...don't know how, or why, since it said it was to be used for programming. I deleted the user account, as per Microsoft Support suggestion. Guess it's time to abandon XP and my older pc, and get a new pc with newer OS.
Thanks for your time.

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That's very strange advice
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / May 14, 2011 7:25 AM PDT
In reply to: Been there..done that

If .NET is installed and I deleted the .NET account I bet some very odd things will start happening.

Did you uninstall all the .NET versions too? Did you use that find .NET cleanup tool after?

If not, very strange noises could be heard. Ever read software that tells you "there may be dragons here."?

Hint: You just gave me a fine clue what went wrong.

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ASPnet user account
by lonewolf999 / May 14, 2011 10:08 AM PDT

Okay, it was ASPnet user account, and Microsoft Support said it was not necessary, and could be deleted. It seems to have shown up sometime after .NET Framework 4 was put on my pc via Windows Update. By the way, in Add Remove Programs, there are quite a few updates, generally under .NET Framework 1.1, 2.0, 3.0, 3.5 SP1, 4 Client Profile and 4 Extended. I was told not to remove these or any .NET Framework updates, since it could make my system unstable (sort of like it is now). Also, about the same time, I ran Malwarebytes, Spyware Terminator, Avast and SuperAntiSpyware in Safe Mode. After this, I began getting the logon/switch user screen, and that is when I noticed the extra user account.
Sorry for these bits and pieces of information, but somewhere along the time line, I've lost or trashed my notes on this.

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