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Windows Update redirecting to v4


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Old 04-11-2009

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Windows Update redirecting to v4
I'm trying to install Windows XP SP3 and other updates through Microsoft
Update but when I click the link in the Start Menu it redirects from MS
Update v6 to Windows v4. I'm using XP SP2 and IE7.
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Old 04-11-2009
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Re: Windows Update redirecting to v4
jado316 wrote:
> I'm trying to install Windows XP SP3 and other updates through Microsoft
> Update but when I click the link in the Start Menu it redirects from MS
> Update v6 to Windows v4. I'm using XP SP2 and IE7.

My suggestion(s)...

- Check your HOSTS file

- Run a couple of antispyware scans
Download, install, run, update and perform a full scan (separately)
with the following two applications (freeware versions are the ones
to use for this):



After performing a full scan with one and then the other and
removing whatever they both find completely, you may
uninstall these products,if you wish.

- Disk Cleanup

How to use Disk Cleanup


How to scan your disks for errors

- Defragment

How to Defragment your hard drives

- Download the full Windows XP SP3 installer

- Physically disconnect from the Internet

- Reboot

- Turn off AntiVirus and AntiSpyware applications

- Install SP3

- Reboot afterwards

- Once you have verified SP3 installed properly - reconnect to the Internet.

Perform the following once reconnected:


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):
.... 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"...


Download/Install the latest Windows Installer (for your OS):
( Windows XP 32-bit : WindowsXP-KB942288-v3-x86.exe )


Log on as an user with administrative rights and open Internet Explorer and
visit 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.

If it did work - try the web page again - selecting no more than 3-5 at a

The Optional Software updates are generally safe - although I recommend
against the "Windows Search" one. I would completely avoid the Optional
Hardware updates.

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

If it seemed to have failed, do this:

Check the staus of these two services:
- Automatic Updates
- Background Intelligent Transfer Service

Click Start, click Run, type services.msc, and then click OK. In the list of
services, find those two, right click on them one at a time and choose
properties. In the Startup type list, what is each of them set to?

Report that here.


Click Start, and then click Run.
In the Open box, type: %windir%\windowsupdate.log
and then click OK.

Scroll down towards the bottom for the latest entries to locate any error
code(s) or explanation as to why the page cannot be displayed.

You can copy/paste the last 50 or so lines here...

How to read the Windowsupdate.log file:

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