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Windows updates

by glb613 / June 16, 2006 10:36 PM PDT

I decided to not update again after the fiasco several months ago but, I decided I'd better look and see if there was anything really important. To my surprise, I can't install any updates on my Dell desktop. I ran the validation tool and it said I had a genuine version of XP. I can find the updates, download them but none will install. Each time I try, I get a failure to install message. Any ideas why?

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(NT) (NT) System restore must work properly
by tomron / June 16, 2006 11:17 PM PDT
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(NT) (NT) Check MSCONFIG to see if system restore is running
by tomron / June 16, 2006 11:21 PM PDT
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Any ideas why?
by William Randall / June 17, 2006 1:50 AM PDT
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It is Bill Gates saying so long and good luck.



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Gail, Did You Try Installing Them Manually?
by Grif Thomas Forum moderator / June 19, 2006 2:53 AM PDT
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..or were you downloading them from the Windows Update sites?

If you haven't tried installing them manually, then using the links below, download each appropriate installer file to your desktop. (Click on the link, find your version of Windows, then download the specific file to your desktop.) Once it's there, shut down all background programs and install each update manually. Most of the updates require a restart after the installation but if it works, at least you've got them on the machine.

Critical Updates






Important Updates


Critical Updates for MS Office


Moderate Updates For Windows 2000 SP4 Only

Hope this helps.


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