Windows XP - SP3, AVG, IE8.
I had the same problem.
Stop the services "Automatic Update Services" and "Background Intelligent
Open a command prompt, change directory to \windows\system32
Type the following command
regsvr32 /u wuweb.dll
A prompt will appear to show the command was successful, simply click OK.
Type Exit and hit enter
Start the two services again. If One of them wasn't running initially, leave
it in the stopped state.
Run windowsupdate again. In case you had chosen to use microsoft update
rather than windows update, make sure to re-enable that option after
installation of the activex.
"PA Bear [MS MVP]" wrote:
> [crosspost to Windows Update newsgroup]
> Are you running WinXP SP2 or SP3?
> Is Automatic Updates enabled?
> 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
> ~Robear Dyer (PA Bear)
> MS MVP-IE, Mail, Security, Windows Client - since 2002
> birdlady wrote:
> > MS Windows Update worked fine for a while. Now all of a sudden it keeps
> > coming up with:
> > 403 - Forbidden: Access is denied.
> > You do not have permission to view this directory or page using the
> > credentials that you supplied.
> > I had been running IE 6 so folks said to upgrade to vers 8.0 I did and I
> > still have the same problem. Running XP Professional.