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Old 01-02-2009
mikolaricola
 

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Windows XP Updates...
Recently I've noticed that the little yellow Windows XP update icon that is
usually located on my toolbar hasn't popped up for the past week. I tried
fixing this problem by switching from manual to automatic in the "Background
Intelligence Transfer Service" (through running services.msc); however, this
hasn't solved my problem because the icon still isn't there. I also went into
Windows Security Centreand it says that Automatic Updates is on even though
it isn't because according to update.microsoft.com, I have a lot of updates
that are listed as failed. I don't know how to manually update Windows
either. Any suggestions on how to fix this problem? Or at least how to
manually update?

Thanks

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Old 01-02-2009
Shenan Stanley
 

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Re: Windows XP Updates...
mikolaricola wrote:
> Recently I've noticed that the little yellow Windows XP update icon
> that is usually located on my toolbar hasn't popped up for the past
> week. I tried fixing this problem by switching from manual to
> automatic in the "Background Intelligence Transfer Service"
> (through running services.msc); however, this hasn't solved my
> problem because the icon still isn't there. I also went into
> Windows Security Centreand it says that Automatic Updates is on
> even though it isn't because according to update.microsoft.com, I
> have a lot of updates that are listed as failed. I don't know how
> to manually update Windows either. Any suggestions on how to fix
> this problem? Or at least how to manually update?


Should fix things and allow you to manually update...

Start button --> RUN and type in:
%SystemRoot%\system32\net stop wuauserv
--> Click OK.

Start button --> RUN and type in:
%SystemRoot%\system32\regsvr32 %SystemRoot%\system32\wups2.dll
--> Click OK.

Start button --> RUN and type in:
%SystemRoot%\system32\net start wuauserv
--> Click OK.

Download the latest version of the Windows Update agent from here (x86):
http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkID=91237
.... and save it to the root of your C:\ drive. After saving it to the root
of the C:\ drive, do the following:

Close all Internet Explorer Windows and other applications.

Start button --> RUN and type in:
%SystemDrive%\windowsupdateagent30-x86.exe /WUFORCE
--> Click OK.

(If asked, select "Run.) --> Click on NEXT --> Select "I agree" and click on
NEXT --> When it finishes installing, click on "Finish"...

Reboot.

Log on as an user with administrative rights and open Internet Explorer and
visit http://windowsupdate.microsoft.com/ and select to do a CUSTOM scan...
(Every time you are about to click on something while at these web pages -
first press and hold down the CTRL key while you click on it. You can
release the CTRL key after clicking each time.)

Once the scan is done, select just ONE of the high priority updates
(deselect any others) and install it.

Reboot again.

Come back - let us know if that worked.

(If it did work - try it again - selecting no more than 3-5 at a time. The
Optional Software updates are generally safe - although I recommend against
the Windows Search one. I would completely avoid the Optional Hardware
updates.)

Really - come back and let everyone know if that worked.

--
Shenan Stanley
MS-MVP
--
How To Ask Questions The Smart Way
http://www.catb.org/~esr/faqs/smart-questions.html


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Old 01-02-2009
mikolaricola
 

Posts: n/a
Re: Windows XP Updates...
Ok, I did everything up until this: "Log on as an user with administrative
rights" - what does that mean?

"Shenan Stanley" wrote:

> mikolaricola wrote:
> > Recently I've noticed that the little yellow Windows XP update icon
> > that is usually located on my toolbar hasn't popped up for the past
> > week. I tried fixing this problem by switching from manual to
> > automatic in the "Background Intelligence Transfer Service"
> > (through running services.msc); however, this hasn't solved my
> > problem because the icon still isn't there. I also went into
> > Windows Security Centreand it says that Automatic Updates is on
> > even though it isn't because according to update.microsoft.com, I
> > have a lot of updates that are listed as failed. I don't know how
> > to manually update Windows either. Any suggestions on how to fix
> > this problem? Or at least how to manually update?

>
> Should fix things and allow you to manually update...
>
> Start button --> RUN and type in:
> %SystemRoot%\system32\net stop wuauserv
> --> Click OK.
>
> Start button --> RUN and type in:
> %SystemRoot%\system32\regsvr32 %SystemRoot%\system32\wups2.dll
> --> Click OK.
>
> Start button --> RUN and type in:
> %SystemRoot%\system32\net start wuauserv
> --> Click OK.
>
> Download the latest version of the Windows Update agent from here (x86):
> http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkID=91237
> .... and save it to the root of your C:\ drive. After saving it to the root
> of the C:\ drive, do the following:
>
> Close all Internet Explorer Windows and other applications.
>
> Start button --> RUN and type in:
> %SystemDrive%\windowsupdateagent30-x86.exe /WUFORCE
> --> Click OK.
>
> (If asked, select "Run.) --> Click on NEXT --> Select "I agree" and click on
> NEXT --> When it finishes installing, click on "Finish"...
>
> Reboot.
>
> Log on as an user with administrative rights and open Internet Explorer and
> visit http://windowsupdate.microsoft.com/ and select to do a CUSTOM scan...
> (Every time you are about to click on something while at these web pages -
> first press and hold down the CTRL key while you click on it. You can
> release the CTRL key after clicking each time.)
>
> Once the scan is done, select just ONE of the high priority updates
> (deselect any others) and install it.
>
> Reboot again.
>
> Come back - let us know if that worked.
>
> (If it did work - try it again - selecting no more than 3-5 at a time. The
> Optional Software updates are generally safe - although I recommend against
> the Windows Search one. I would completely avoid the Optional Hardware
> updates.)
>
> Really - come back and let everyone know if that worked.
>
> --
> Shenan Stanley
> MS-MVP
> --
> How To Ask Questions The Smart Way
> http://www.catb.org/~esr/faqs/smart-questions.html
>
>
>

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Old 01-02-2009
Shenan Stanley
 

Posts: n/a
Re: Windows XP Updates...
mikolaricola wrote:
> Recently I've noticed that the little yellow Windows XP update
> icon that is usually located on my toolbar hasn't popped up for
> the past week. I tried fixing this problem by switching from
> manual to automatic in the "Background Intelligence Transfer
> Service" (through running services.msc); however, this hasn't
> solved my problem because the icon still isn't there. I also went
> into Windows Security Centreand it says that Automatic Updates is
> on even though it isn't because according to
> update.microsoft.com, I have a lot of updates that are listed as
> failed. I don't know how to manually update Windows either. Any
> suggestions on how to fix this problem? Or at least how to
> manually update?


Shenan Stanley wrote:
> Should fix things and allow you to manually update...
>
> Start button --> RUN and type in:
> %SystemRoot%\system32\net stop wuauserv
> --> Click OK.
>
> Start button --> RUN and type in:
> %SystemRoot%\system32\regsvr32 %SystemRoot%\system32\wups2.dll
> --> Click OK.
>
> Start button --> RUN and type in:
> %SystemRoot%\system32\net start wuauserv
> --> Click OK.
>
> Download the latest version of the Windows Update agent from here
> (x86): http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkID=91237
> .... and save it to the root of your C:\ drive. After saving it
> to the root of the C:\ drive, do the following:
>
> Close all Internet Explorer Windows and other applications.
>
> Start button --> RUN and type in:
> %SystemDrive%\windowsupdateagent30-x86.exe /WUFORCE
> --> Click OK.
>
> (If asked, select "Run.) --> Click on NEXT --> Select "I agree"
> and click on NEXT --> When it finishes installing, click on
> "Finish"...
>
> Reboot.
>
> Log on as an user with administrative rights and open Internet
> Explorer and visit http://windowsupdate.microsoft.com/ and select
> to do a CUSTOM scan... (Every time you are about to click on
> something while at these web pages - first press and hold down the
> CTRL key while you click on it. You can release the CTRL key
> after clicking each time.)
>
> Once the scan is done, select just ONE of the high priority updates
> (deselect any others) and install it.
>
> Reboot again.
>
> Come back - let us know if that worked.
>
> (If it did work - try it again - selecting no more than 3-5 at a
> time. The Optional Software updates are generally safe - although
> I recommend against the Windows Search one. I would completely
> avoid the Optional Hardware updates.)
>
> Really - come back and let everyone know if that worked.


mikolaricola wrote:
> Ok, I did everything up until this: "Log on as an user with
> administrative rights" - what does that mean?


Sorry. I *hope* that most people are using their computers wisely - and
thus not logging in as a user that can install software, remove software,
etc. That they log in with a regular user account that cannot do any of
that - making their system more secure and hardened against viruses,
spyware, adware and other malware (since the active user account does not
have the permissions many things would need to install themselves or erase
things.)

If you only have a single user - albeit bad practice - you are most likely
an adminstrative level user account. Log in and continue to follow the
directions (you may even 'automatically logon' - which is a whole other can
of worms, in my opinion. heh)

Again - if you have only one user account (or it boots straight up to your
desktop) and you were able to do everything else in the instructions up to
that point - it is more than a safe bet you are logging in as a user account
with administrative powers and you can just pretend those words are not
there.

--
Shenan Stanley
MS-MVP
--
How To Ask Questions The Smart Way
http://www.catb.org/~esr/faqs/smart-questions.html


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Old 01-02-2009
mikolaricola
 

Posts: n/a
Re: Windows XP Updates...
So I should have another usser account for just downloading, installing, and
whatnot for safety purposes?
I did everything, by the way, but anything I tried to install couldn't be
because of "Error Code: 0x80070005".

Thanks anyway for helping!

"Shenan Stanley" wrote:

> mikolaricola wrote:
> > Recently I've noticed that the little yellow Windows XP update
> > icon that is usually located on my toolbar hasn't popped up for
> > the past week. I tried fixing this problem by switching from
> > manual to automatic in the "Background Intelligence Transfer
> > Service" (through running services.msc); however, this hasn't
> > solved my problem because the icon still isn't there. I also went
> > into Windows Security Centreand it says that Automatic Updates is
> > on even though it isn't because according to
> > update.microsoft.com, I have a lot of updates that are listed as
> > failed. I don't know how to manually update Windows either. Any
> > suggestions on how to fix this problem? Or at least how to
> > manually update?

>
> Shenan Stanley wrote:
> > Should fix things and allow you to manually update...
> >
> > Start button --> RUN and type in:
> > %SystemRoot%\system32\net stop wuauserv
> > --> Click OK.
> >
> > Start button --> RUN and type in:
> > %SystemRoot%\system32\regsvr32 %SystemRoot%\system32\wups2.dll
> > --> Click OK.
> >
> > Start button --> RUN and type in:
> > %SystemRoot%\system32\net start wuauserv
> > --> Click OK.
> >
> > Download the latest version of the Windows Update agent from here
> > (x86): http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkID=91237
> > .... and save it to the root of your C:\ drive. After saving it
> > to the root of the C:\ drive, do the following:
> >
> > Close all Internet Explorer Windows and other applications.
> >
> > Start button --> RUN and type in:
> > %SystemDrive%\windowsupdateagent30-x86.exe /WUFORCE
> > --> Click OK.
> >
> > (If asked, select "Run.) --> Click on NEXT --> Select "I agree"
> > and click on NEXT --> When it finishes installing, click on
> > "Finish"...
> >
> > Reboot.
> >
> > Log on as an user with administrative rights and open Internet
> > Explorer and visit http://windowsupdate.microsoft.com/ and select
> > to do a CUSTOM scan... (Every time you are about to click on
> > something while at these web pages - first press and hold down the
> > CTRL key while you click on it. You can release the CTRL key
> > after clicking each time.)
> >
> > Once the scan is done, select just ONE of the high priority updates
> > (deselect any others) and install it.
> >
> > Reboot again.
> >
> > Come back - let us know if that worked.
> >
> > (If it did work - try it again - selecting no more than 3-5 at a
> > time. The Optional Software updates are generally safe - although
> > I recommend against the Windows Search one. I would completely
> > avoid the Optional Hardware updates.)
> >
> > Really - come back and let everyone know if that worked.

>
> mikolaricola wrote:
> > Ok, I did everything up until this: "Log on as an user with
> > administrative rights" - what does that mean?

>
> Sorry. I *hope* that most people are using their computers wisely - and
> thus not logging in as a user that can install software, remove software,
> etc. That they log in with a regular user account that cannot do any of
> that - making their system more secure and hardened against viruses,
> spyware, adware and other malware (since the active user account does not
> have the permissions many things would need to install themselves or erase
> things.)
>
> If you only have a single user - albeit bad practice - you are most likely
> an adminstrative level user account. Log in and continue to follow the
> directions (you may even 'automatically logon' - which is a whole other can
> of worms, in my opinion. heh)
>
> Again - if you have only one user account (or it boots straight up to your
> desktop) and you were able to do everything else in the instructions up to
> that point - it is more than a safe bet you are logging in as a user account
> with administrative powers and you can just pretend those words are not
> there.
>
> --
> Shenan Stanley
> MS-MVP
> --
> How To Ask Questions The Smart Way
> http://www.catb.org/~esr/faqs/smart-questions.html
>
>
>

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Old 01-02-2009
Shenan Stanley
 

Posts: n/a
Re: Windows XP Updates...
mikolaricola wrote:
> Recently I've noticed that the little yellow Windows XP update
> icon that is usually located on my toolbar hasn't popped up for
> the past week. I tried fixing this problem by switching from
> manual to automatic in the "Background Intelligence Transfer
> Service" (through running services.msc); however, this hasn't
> solved my problem because the icon still isn't there. I also went
> into Windows Security Centreand it says that Automatic Updates is
> on even though it isn't because according to
> update.microsoft.com, I have a lot of updates that are listed as
> failed. I don't know how to manually update Windows either. Any
> suggestions on how to fix this problem? Or at least how to
> manually update?


Shenan Stanley wrote:
> Should fix things and allow you to manually update...
>
> Start button --> RUN and type in:
> %SystemRoot%\system32\net stop wuauserv
> --> Click OK.
>
> Start button --> RUN and type in:
> %SystemRoot%\system32\regsvr32 %SystemRoot%\system32\wups2.dll
> --> Click OK.
>
> Start button --> RUN and type in:
> %SystemRoot%\system32\net start wuauserv
> --> Click OK.
>
> Download the latest version of the Windows Update agent from here
> (x86): http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkID=91237
> .... and save it to the root of your C:\ drive. After saving it
> to the root of the C:\ drive, do the following:
>
> Close all Internet Explorer Windows and other applications.
>
> Start button --> RUN and type in:
> %SystemDrive%\windowsupdateagent30-x86.exe /WUFORCE
> --> Click OK.
>
> (If asked, select "Run.) --> Click on NEXT --> Select "I agree"
> and click on NEXT --> When it finishes installing, click on
> "Finish"...
>
> Reboot.
>
> Log on as an user with administrative rights and open Internet
> Explorer and visit http://windowsupdate.microsoft.com/ and select
> to do a CUSTOM scan... (Every time you are about to click on
> something while at these web pages - first press and hold down the
> CTRL key while you click on it. You can release the CTRL key
> after clicking each time.)
>
> Once the scan is done, select just ONE of the high priority updates
> (deselect any others) and install it.
>
> Reboot again.
>
> Come back - let us know if that worked.
>
> (If it did work - try it again - selecting no more than 3-5 at a
> time. The Optional Software updates are generally safe - although
> I recommend against the Windows Search one. I would completely
> avoid the Optional Hardware updates.)
>
> Really - come back and let everyone know if that worked.


mikolaricola wrote:
> Ok, I did everything up until this: "Log on as an user with
> administrative rights" - what does that mean?


Shenan Stanley wrote:
> Sorry. I *hope* that most people are using their computers wisely
> - and thus not logging in as a user that can install software,
> remove software, etc. That they log in with a regular user account
> that cannot do any of that - making their system more secure and
> hardened against viruses, spyware, adware and other malware (since
> the active user account does not have the permissions many things
> would need to install themselves or erase things.)
>
> If you only have a single user - albeit bad practice - you are most
> likely an adminstrative level user account. Log in and continue to
> follow the directions (you may even 'automatically logon' - which
> is a whole other can of worms, in my opinion. heh)
>
> Again - if you have only one user account (or it boots straight up
> to your desktop) and you were able to do everything else in the
> instructions up to that point - it is more than a safe bet you are
> logging in as a user account with administrative powers and you can
> just pretend those words are not there.


mikolaricola wrote:
> So I should have another usser account for just downloading,
> installing, and whatnot for safety purposes?
> I did everything, by the way, but anything I tried to install
> couldn't be because of "Error Code: 0x80070005".
>
> Thanks anyway for helping!


Look at TaurArian's answers here:
http://forums.techarena.in/windows-update/1088869.htm

They may get you through your update issues!

And yes - you should have (best practices anyway) several accounts on the
computer. The one you use everyday should not have the ability to
install/remove stuff. The other - the administrative account - can do
*anything* to the computer. The reason it is 'best practice' to use a
non-administrative account for daily use is simple: if your account doesn't
have the ability to screw up the computer own its own - then the bad guys
cannot use it to do that either.

Is it a horrible thing that makes you a horrible person for not doing that?
Nah. Makes you normal. ;-)

--
Shenan Stanley
MS-MVP
--
How To Ask Questions The Smart Way
http://www.catb.org/~esr/faqs/smart-questions.html


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Old 01-02-2009
Shenan Stanley
 

Posts: n/a
Re: Windows XP Updates...
mikolaricola wrote:
> Recently I've noticed that the little yellow Windows XP update
> icon that is usually located on my toolbar hasn't popped up for
> the past week. I tried fixing this problem by switching from
> manual to automatic in the "Background Intelligence Transfer
> Service" (through running services.msc); however, this hasn't
> solved my problem because the icon still isn't there. I also went
> into Windows Security Centreand it says that Automatic Updates is
> on even though it isn't because according to
> update.microsoft.com, I have a lot of updates that are listed as
> failed. I don't know how to manually update Windows either. Any
> suggestions on how to fix this problem? Or at least how to
> manually update?


Shenan Stanley wrote:
> Should fix things and allow you to manually update...
>
> Start button --> RUN and type in:
> %SystemRoot%\system32\net stop wuauserv
> --> Click OK.
>
> Start button --> RUN and type in:
> %SystemRoot%\system32\regsvr32 %SystemRoot%\system32\wups2.dll
> --> Click OK.
>
> Start button --> RUN and type in:
> %SystemRoot%\system32\net start wuauserv
> --> Click OK.
>
> Download the latest version of the Windows Update agent from here
> (x86): http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkID=91237
> .... and save it to the root of your C:\ drive. After saving it
> to the root of the C:\ drive, do the following:
>
> Close all Internet Explorer Windows and other applications.
>
> Start button --> RUN and type in:
> %SystemDrive%\windowsupdateagent30-x86.exe /WUFORCE
> --> Click OK.
>
> (If asked, select "Run.) --> Click on NEXT --> Select "I agree"
> and click on NEXT --> When it finishes installing, click on
> "Finish"...
>
> Reboot.
>
> Log on as an user with administrative rights and open Internet
> Explorer and visit http://windowsupdate.microsoft.com/ and select
> to do a CUSTOM scan... (Every time you are about to click on
> something while at these web pages - first press and hold down the
> CTRL key while you click on it. You can release the CTRL key
> after clicking each time.)
>
> Once the scan is done, select just ONE of the high priority updates
> (deselect any others) and install it.
>
> Reboot again.
>
> Come back - let us know if that worked.
>
> (If it did work - try it again - selecting no more than 3-5 at a
> time. The Optional Software updates are generally safe - although
> I recommend against the Windows Search one. I would completely
> avoid the Optional Hardware updates.)
>
> Really - come back and let everyone know if that worked.


mikolaricola wrote:
> Ok, I did everything up until this: "Log on as an user with
> administrative rights" - what does that mean?


Shenan Stanley wrote:
> Sorry. I *hope* that most people are using their computers wisely
> - and thus not logging in as a user that can install software,
> remove software, etc. That they log in with a regular user account
> that cannot do any of that - making their system more secure and
> hardened against viruses, spyware, adware and other malware (since
> the active user account does not have the permissions many things
> would need to install themselves or erase things.)
>
> If you only have a single user - albeit bad practice - you are most
> likely an adminstrative level user account. Log in and continue to
> follow the directions (you may even 'automatically logon' - which
> is a whole other can of worms, in my opinion. heh)
>
> Again - if you have only one user account (or it boots straight up
> to your desktop) and you were able to do everything else in the
> instructions up to that point - it is more than a safe bet you are
> logging in as a user account with administrative powers and you can
> just pretend those words are not there.


mikolaricola wrote:
> So I should have another usser account for just downloading,
> installing, and whatnot for safety purposes?
> I did everything, by the way, but anything I tried to install
> couldn't be because of "Error Code: 0x80070005".
>
> Thanks anyway for helping!


Shenan Stanley wrote:
> Look at TaurArian's answers here:
> http://forums.techarena.in/windows-update/1088869.htm
>
> They may get you through your update issues!
>
> And yes - you should have (best practices anyway) several accounts
> on the computer. The one you use everyday should not have the
> ability to install/remove stuff. The other - the administrative
> account - can do *anything* to the computer. The reason it is
> 'best practice' to use a non-administrative account for daily use
> is simple: if your account doesn't have the ability to screw up the
> computer own its own - then the bad guys cannot use it to do that
> either.
> Is it a horrible thing that makes you a horrible person for not
> doing that? Nah. Makes you normal. ;-)


One other thing...

Download, install, run, update and perform a full scan (seperately) with the
following two applications (freeware versions are the ones to use for this):

SuperAntiSpyware
http://www.superantispyware.com/

MalwareBytes
http://www.malwarebytes.com/

After performing a full scan with one and then the other and removing
whatever they both find completely - repeat the steps I originally laid out.
It may be that you were infested with a spyware/adware/malware application
and it was causing all your troubles.

--
Shenan Stanley
MS-MVP
--
How To Ask Questions The Smart Way
http://www.catb.org/~esr/faqs/smart-questions.html


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Old 01-02-2009
woodsy
 

Posts: n/a
RE: Windows XP Updates...


"mikolaricola" wrote:

> Recently I've noticed that the little yellow Windows XP update icon that is
> usually located on my toolbar hasn't popped up for the past week. I tried
> fixing this problem by switching from manual to automatic in the "Background
> Intelligence Transfer Service" (through running services.msc); however, this
> hasn't solved my problem because the icon still isn't there. I also went into
> Windows Security Centreand it says that Automatic Updates is on even though
> it isn't because according to update.microsoft.com, I have a lot of updates
> that are listed as failed. I don't know how to manually update Windows
> either. Any suggestions on how to fix this problem? Or at least how to
> manually update?
>
> Thanks
>

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Old 01-02-2009
Shenan Stanley
 

Posts: n/a
Re: Windows XP Updates...
mikolaricola wrote:
> Recently I've noticed that the little yellow Windows XP update
> icon that is usually located on my toolbar hasn't popped up for
> the past week. I tried fixing this problem by switching from
> manual to automatic in the "Background Intelligence Transfer
> Service" (through running services.msc); however, this hasn't
> solved my problem because the icon still isn't there. I also went
> into Windows Security Centreand it says that Automatic Updates is
> on even though it isn't because according to
> update.microsoft.com, I have a lot of updates that are listed as
> failed. I don't know how to manually update Windows either. Any
> suggestions on how to fix this problem? Or at least how to
> manually update?


woodsy wrote:
>


woodsy,

Did you have something add/ask or did you mistakenly hit "send"?

--
Shenan Stanley
MS-MVP
--
How To Ask Questions The Smart Way
http://www.catb.org/~esr/faqs/smart-questions.html


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Old 01-02-2009
mikolaricola
 

Posts: n/a
Re: Windows XP Updates...
Tried everything you suggested and still any update installation failed for
some reason. Not sure what to do now

Thanks again for all the help though.

"Shenan Stanley" wrote:

> mikolaricola wrote:
> > Recently I've noticed that the little yellow Windows XP update
> > icon that is usually located on my toolbar hasn't popped up for
> > the past week. I tried fixing this problem by switching from
> > manual to automatic in the "Background Intelligence Transfer
> > Service" (through running services.msc); however, this hasn't
> > solved my problem because the icon still isn't there. I also went
> > into Windows Security Centreand it says that Automatic Updates is
> > on even though it isn't because according to
> > update.microsoft.com, I have a lot of updates that are listed as
> > failed. I don't know how to manually update Windows either. Any
> > suggestions on how to fix this problem? Or at least how to
> > manually update?

>
> Shenan Stanley wrote:
> > Should fix things and allow you to manually update...
> >
> > Start button --> RUN and type in:
> > %SystemRoot%\system32\net stop wuauserv
> > --> Click OK.
> >
> > Start button --> RUN and type in:
> > %SystemRoot%\system32\regsvr32 %SystemRoot%\system32\wups2.dll
> > --> Click OK.
> >
> > Start button --> RUN and type in:
> > %SystemRoot%\system32\net start wuauserv
> > --> Click OK.
> >
> > Download the latest version of the Windows Update agent from here
> > (x86): http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkID=91237
> > .... and save it to the root of your C:\ drive. After saving it
> > to the root of the C:\ drive, do the following:
> >
> > Close all Internet Explorer Windows and other applications.
> >
> > Start button --> RUN and type in:
> > %SystemDrive%\windowsupdateagent30-x86.exe /WUFORCE
> > --> Click OK.
> >
> > (If asked, select "Run.) --> Click on NEXT --> Select "I agree"
> > and click on NEXT --> When it finishes installing, click on
> > "Finish"...
> >
> > Reboot.
> >
> > Log on as an user with administrative rights and open Internet
> > Explorer and visit http://windowsupdate.microsoft.com/ and select
> > to do a CUSTOM scan... (Every time you are about to click on
> > something while at these web pages - first press and hold down the
> > CTRL key while you click on it. You can release the CTRL key
> > after clicking each time.)
> >
> > Once the scan is done, select just ONE of the high priority updates
> > (deselect any others) and install it.
> >
> > Reboot again.
> >
> > Come back - let us know if that worked.
> >
> > (If it did work - try it again - selecting no more than 3-5 at a
> > time. The Optional Software updates are generally safe - although
> > I recommend against the Windows Search one. I would completely
> > avoid the Optional Hardware updates.)
> >
> > Really - come back and let everyone know if that worked.

>
> mikolaricola wrote:
> > Ok, I did everything up until this: "Log on as an user with
> > administrative rights" - what does that mean?

>
> Shenan Stanley wrote:
> > Sorry. I *hope* that most people are using their computers wisely
> > - and thus not logging in as a user that can install software,
> > remove software, etc. That they log in with a regular user account
> > that cannot do any of that - making their system more secure and
> > hardened against viruses, spyware, adware and other malware (since
> > the active user account does not have the permissions many things
> > would need to install themselves or erase things.)
> >
> > If you only have a single user - albeit bad practice - you are most
> > likely an adminstrative level user account. Log in and continue to
> > follow the directions (you may even 'automatically logon' - which
> > is a whole other can of worms, in my opinion. heh)
> >
> > Again - if you have only one user account (or it boots straight up
> > to your desktop) and you were able to do everything else in the
> > instructions up to that point - it is more than a safe bet you are
> > logging in as a user account with administrative powers and you can
> > just pretend those words are not there.

>
> mikolaricola wrote:
> > So I should have another usser account for just downloading,
> > installing, and whatnot for safety purposes?
> > I did everything, by the way, but anything I tried to install
> > couldn't be because of "Error Code: 0x80070005".
> >
> > Thanks anyway for helping!

>
> Shenan Stanley wrote:
> > Look at TaurArian's answers here:
> > http://forums.techarena.in/windows-update/1088869.htm
> >
> > They may get you through your update issues!
> >
> > And yes - you should have (best practices anyway) several accounts
> > on the computer. The one you use everyday should not have the
> > ability to install/remove stuff. The other - the administrative
> > account - can do *anything* to the computer. The reason it is
> > 'best practice' to use a non-administrative account for daily use
> > is simple: if your account doesn't have the ability to screw up the
> > computer own its own - then the bad guys cannot use it to do that
> > either.
> > Is it a horrible thing that makes you a horrible person for not
> > doing that? Nah. Makes you normal. ;-)

>
> One other thing...
>
> Download, install, run, update and perform a full scan (seperately) with the
> following two applications (freeware versions are the ones to use for this):
>
> SuperAntiSpyware
> http://www.superantispyware.com/
>
> MalwareBytes
> http://www.malwarebytes.com/
>
> After performing a full scan with one and then the other and removing
> whatever they both find completely - repeat the steps I originally laid out.
> It may be that you were infested with a spyware/adware/malware application
> and it was causing all your troubles.
>
> --
> Shenan Stanley
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