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Windows XP will not install updates

by Red_Shirt / November 21, 2013 2:52 AM PST

Hi All,

I have an issue with Windows Update in XP. I recently reinstalled XP on a Dell Vostro 1700. No issues there except when trying to update the machine. The install went fine and the first batch of 130 or so updates installed perfectly. Now when I run Windows Update it will find updates to install and when I try to install them they all fail immediately with no error given.
I've tried just about everything online:

1) Register DLL's
2) Stopping and starting the windows update service
3) Third party software designed to reset Windows Update

And a bunch more and nothing works. Anyone have any suggestions?

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Go to the MS web site and search
by wpgwpg / November 21, 2013 2:57 AM PST

MS has "fixit" files to address this. In addition, if the fixits don't work, they have a procedure to clear your temporary updates folder when/if it has become corrupted.

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Can be true.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / November 21, 2013 2:57 AM PST

I ran into this last month and had to help "tech" install the drivers they forgot. A Dell is not that easy to install XP on if it's like most where you install the OS, then a dozen drivers and helper apps and then continue on with more updates.

Also, your list didn't tell a few things such as..

1. Is the date and time correct on the PC?
2. What KB numbers are failing?
3. That you are aware XP's support is ending and as that time draws near, the update servers are being reduced, taken off line and what remains can be overloaded.

The end is nigh.

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indows XP will not install updates
by Techvedic / December 1, 2013 7:34 PM PST
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