Thanks for the quick reply!
I'm running Avast Home Edition 4.8 and it's up to date (dlded today in
fact). Has its standard Network Shield and Web Shield apps running at a
normal setting. Have been running Avast since I built the machine in 2007
and have not changed the settings since well before Update started to act up.
No Norton or McAfee have ever been on this machine. Built it myself in Aug
Automatic updates have been installed and working through the summer-- at
least for Defender.
Since my initial post, I re-ran the Fixit on "Agressive" settings. It
deleted my Update config and reset the settings. Now have no history for
updates, but the search activity does generate a Code 80070246 error instead
of endlessly sitting with an empty progress bar.
One other note-- update has been broken since I tried to manually install
Vista sp2. In the course of the install, update had to upgrade itself. Then
the sp2 install failed for some reason and rolled back to the last restore
point. I'm thinking update may be stuck in some sort of partial upgrade
state. But I can't understand why I can't manually force an Update reinstall
using the package linked in my initial msg.
"PA Bear [MS MVP]" wrote:
> What anti-virus application or security suite is installed and is your
> subscription current? What anti-spyware applications (other than Defender)?
> What third-party firewall (if any)?
> Has a(another) Norton or McAfee application ever been installed on this
> machine (e.g., a free-trial version that came preinstalled when you bought
> Is Automatic Updates enabled & working (as far as you know)?
> SuperJX wrote:
> > Running Vista x86 sp1. The Windows Update UI has been sticking on the
> > "Checking for updates..." screen whenever I tell it to check for updates
> > since early June. Each time it shows the green bar, but never gives a
> > result set or an error message. Figured I'd wait until Win7 to bother
> > with
> > it, and ignore the warning that Windows can't check for updates from the
> > task bar, but now my Zune drivers are stuck and I need to run update for
> > new ones. Funny thing is that there have been Defender definitions and
> > .net
> > framework updates successfully installed by the automatic update process
> > over the last few months according to the update history. But when I
> > select "Installed Updates" from the Windows Update left nav bar I get zero
> > results.
> > Tried manually installing the Windows Update client via KB support article
> > 949104 (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/949104), after stopping the BITS
> > and
> > Windows Update services, but it fails to install with a "Windows Update
> > Agent Installer Fatal Error-- Windows Update Agent Installer encountered
> > unrecoverable error." Also tried Microsoft Fixit 50202 on normal settings
> > and had no noticeable change.
> > Suggestions for things to try next? Or other information that is needed
> > to
> > diagnose?
> > Thanks!