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Downloaded Windows updates do not install

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by merrymary 116, Mar 30, 2008.

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  1. merrymary 116

    merrymary 116 Thread Starter

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    I'm going bonkers. There are some 80+ updates windows wants to install. I have tried downloading & installing in batches or singly. They DO download, but just don't install. Any suggestions?:(

    running Windows XP, home edition SP2, system type X86-based PC, x86 Family 15 model 4 Stepping 1 Genuineintel ~2539 Mhz, total physical memory 1280 GB, available mem 564.5 GB, total virtual memory 2.0 GB, available virtual memory 1.96 GB
     
  2. ozrom1e

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    Welcome to TSG....

    Green1
    There are a number of things that can break Windows Update in Windows XP, including performing a repair/reinstall. For a fix, try these next steps:

    Open Notepad or WordPad and copy/paste the following text:

    regsvr32 wuapi.dll
    regsvr32 wuaueng.dll
    regsvr32 atl.dll
    regsvr32 wucltui.dll
    regsvr32 wups.dll
    regsvr32 wuaueng1.dll
    regsvr32 wucltui.dll
    regsvr32 wups.dll
    regsvr32 wuweb.dll
    regsvr32 wups2.dll
    regsvr32 msxml.dll
    regsvr32 msxml3.dll
    regsvr32 msxml2.dll
    regsvr32 qmgr.dll
    regsvr32 qmgrprxy.dll
    end

    Save the file to your desktop as UpdatesFix.cmd (you'll have to click the "Save As Type…. Dropdown arrow on the right of the selection window and select "All Files" before you click the Save button).

    If you'd rather not try the batch file, you can enter each line in the Run box one at a time and click OK after each one.

    Double-click the UpdatesFix.cmd file; a command window will open, and you'll see a series of dialogue boxes saying DLLRegisterServer in *.dll succeeded. Click OK to step through the process.
    Once all the dll's have been successfully reregistered visit the Windows Update site and try the Windows updates again to see if it works correctly.
    Often you will have to download and install Windows Installer 3.1 and the Windows Genuine Advantage tool before you can download any more updates.
    Windows Installer 3.1
    Redistributable (v2) For Windows 2000 Service Pack 3; Windows 2000 Service Pack 4; Windows Server 2003; Windows XP; Windows XP Service Pack 1; Windows XP Service Pack 2
    http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/...fc-5f56-4a38-b838-de776fd4138c&DisplayLang=en

    An update for Windows Installer 3.1 is available for Windows Server 2003 SP1 and for the 64-bit editions of Windows XP
    http://support.microsoft.com/kb/898715/en-us

    On rare occasions, a reregister will fail; in such cases, run sfc /scannow (have your OS CD handy) and then try again.

    Other times, the reregistering will succeed, but Windows Update still fails. This can occur if the temporary folders of Windows Update have been corrupted. You can refer to these steps to rename these folders. Be assured the folders will be created again when you visit the Windows Update site again.

    1. Click Start, Run, type: cmd and press Enter. Run the following command in the opened window:

    net stop wuauserv

    2. Click Start, Run, type: %windir%\SoftwareDistribution and press Enter to open the temporary folder of the Windows Update engine. Then, rename the following two subfolders:

    DataStore
    Download

    For example, rename DataStore to DataStore-old, and Download to Download-old.

    3. Click Start, Run, type: cmd and press Enter. Run the following command in the opened window:

    net start wuauserv

    After you rename the above folders, please restart the computer in normal mode and visit the Windows Update site again.
     
  3. merrymary 116

    merrymary 116 Thread Starter

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    ozrom1e: Thanks for your response.

    I got part-way thru your instructions, then hit a snag.
    First) I got this box: "Extraction Failed. Update\Update.exe is not a valid Win32 application".
    Second) When I tried your reregistering instructions, I got this: "Windows cannot find 'C\Windows\SoftwareDistribution".

    Also, - and this is one of my pet peeves - I am not an official Microsoft customer - I got my operating system from the pc manufacturer, so I do not have OS discs. The pc manufacturer wants to charge me an arm & a leg for their lengthy & usually non-sensical "tech support".
    Should I just break down & buy a copy of Windows XP?
     
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