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Problems with Windows update...

Hey everyone. This is a pretty vague issue, so forgive me. I've been researching this for a couple of days on my own though and have gotten nowhere...

System info - Compaq Presario 6430nx w/ AMD Athlon XP 2600 running WinXP SP1. This is networked through a Linksys router to my second PC for internet, printer, and file sharing.

I ran the Compaq system recovery a few days back, which I had never done before on this machine, and just recently noticed that the recovery must have rolled me back to SP1 and IE6. Not sure why my automatic update didn't notify me, but I proceeded to MS updates site anyway to get... well... updated!

Microsoft scanned my machine for the latest version of their update software, then asked me if I wanted to install the new version of Windows update. I agreed, and all went well until the install got to the registration portion. Registration reached 100%, but never managed to actually complete (it didn't proceed to the actual updates page). I gave it a good hour, and then decided to restart and revisit the site. Now MS Updates opens and hangs on the initial page ("Checking your computer for the latest version of updates software"). I also noticed that windows firewall is not running. When I try to open it in the CP I get the message "Firewall settings cannot be displayed because the associated service is not running...", and Security Center does not show Firewall, Updates, or my AVG antivirus options. It just displays "Manage security settings for:" followed by empty space. I've tried rolling back and retracing my steps, but got the same results.

Is this all due to how I chose to set up networking after the system recovery? I do remember telling it that I receive internet connection through a network router (which is true - two machines in my home office).

Any suggestions? Thanks a million...


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My Compaq computers had a trial AV Suite

In reply to: Problems with Windows update...

which reinstalled when the Compaq recovery system was used (please note I did the recovery system about 6 years ago and Compaq/HP may not do it the same way anymore). This had to be removed before installing the AV program I wanted to use. Is it possible that you did not get the Trial version of the AV completely removed and now have the system confused as to which AV to use?

Did you try deleting your cookies, clearing the temp files and then try the update again? Sometimes MS update just messes up. Clearing cookies and temp files may reset it but it does sound like your problem is much deeper.

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Try this

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Validate your version of Windows

Re-register the Windows Update DLL with the commands below

Click Start, click Run, type cmd, and then click OK.

Type the following commands. Press ENTER after each command.

regsvr32 wuapi.dll
regsvr32 wuaueng.dll
regsvr32 wuaueng1.dll
regsvr32 wucltui.dll
regsvr32 wups.dll
regsvr32 wups2.dll
regsvr32 wuweb.dll

Attempt to run Windows Update

Also try the Windows Installer link for Non-Vista machines from Microsoft.


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In reply to: Try this

Thanks Rick! Everything's back to normal!

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Glad you got it fixed

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Thanks for posting back.


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