Always state your full Windows version (e.g., WinXP SP3; Vista SP1) when
posting to this newsgroup, please.
Tip: Temporarily disable real-time protection by your anti-virus and/or
anti-spyware applications (e.g., CounterSpy, Spysweeper, Spybot Tea Timer,
AVG Anti-Spyware) and/or any third-party firewall (e.g., ZA) before
attempting to install the update(s). If you disable the third-party
firewall, make certain that you enable the Windows Firewall!
How to troubleshoot Windows Update, Microsoft Update, and Windows Server
Update Services installation issues:
1. See the "Need more help? Tell us what problem you are having" section of
2. You cannot install some updates or programs
3a. Check your WindowsUpdate.log (%windir%\WindowsUpdate.log) for errors
associated with the download/install.
How to read the WindowsUpdate.log file
3b. Compare errors to those listed here:
and/or go to http://windowsupdate.microsoft.com
> click on Help and Support
link in left pane > Solve problems on your own.
Start a free Windows Update support incident request:
Support for Windows Update:
~Robear Dyer (PA Bear)
MS MVP-IE, Mail, Security, Windows Desktop Experience - since 2002
AumHa VSOP & Admin http://aumha.net
> Ever since, I don' know when, Windows updates never worked. Windows
> is in my tray so i double click. It says it can't check for updates with a
> button saying 'Check for updates'. I click, wait for the bar to fill, then
> nothing happens