Ron Sochanski wrote:
> A machine running Windows Server 2003 R2 Standard Edition SP2 recently began
> yielding the error "403 - Forbidden: Access is denied." whenever Microsoft
> Update is browsed on the machine. This occurred after a recent Microsoft
> Update was attempted on the machine. The machine's host file and proxy
> settings have not been modified in any way and are the same as before the
> error was encountered. Other machines on the same network that also run
> versions of Windows Server 2003 have not experienced the error. The error
> occurrence is seemingly out of the blue and totally unexpected. Microsoft
> Update cannot be browsed at this time on the machine. Any advice concerning
> how to rectify this problem would be greatly appreciated.
How to read the Windowsupdate.log file
The most recent entries are at the *bottom* of the log. What your
looking for are FATAL and/or WARNING entries that contain error codes.
1) Does the system update automatically ?
2) Which version of Internet Explorer ?
You could try manually installing the latest release of the Windows
Update Agent to see if that resolves the issue:
Download and *save* the WUA. If possible, save or move the download so
it's *not* on the root drive.
Close all open programs or browsers.
Stop the Automatic Updates service and, if the BITS service has started,
stop that, too.
Then run the .exe and reboot the system.
"Security updates should *never* have *non-security content* prechecked"