> "longhornhusky" wrote:
> When I try to update my computer using Windows Update, the updates will
> download but not install. I get a message that states: "A problem on your
> computer is preventing updates from being downloaded or installed."
> I am running Windows XP.
> Thanks in advance for any thoughts and/or assistance.
_IF_ you are using a "Manufacturer's Recovery DVD" (and, thus are restoring
wayback to an early version) you _might_ have more updates than WinXP can
I did a Recovery and had nearly 100 updates. They all downloaded OK but
install. Rebooting did not help and "Shutdown / PowerOff / Update" simply
my computer (without the lengthy wait I was prepared to suffer).
Here is Rob's Solution:
Read and try "TaurArian" 's post (9/20/2008 11:25 PM PST):
"Try method 1, if that doesn't work then method 2 -
That failed for me but since I did it it _might_ be something you need to
Now go back to the Windows Update Website and ensure that you have downloaded
what Microsoft thinks you need. Choose "Custom Install" and UNCHECK all
(using the "uncheck all" button).
Go to the "Optional Updates" and select the "Root Certificate", I don't know
is "Optional" since you probably want it. Download this small Update and try
install it. _IF_ you can install ONE update then you are all set to try this.
Choose a few updates at a time (less than all, maybe half of them) and
as long as your not trying to install 100 updates all at once you _might_ be
This worked for me.
I imagine that there is some bug somewhere that does not permit that many
updates to be installed all at once. You will have to reboot each time but
you will reduce the number each time and will eventually get through them all.