Friday, November 21, 2008

Windows Update Installation Failure for XP

I'm running Windows XP SP3 on a number of work machines, when I noticed I didn't have .NET 2.0 SP1 installed and I needed it for a program I was about to run. When I checked Windows Update there were 30 or so updates available for download, including the Framework Service Pack, so I hit update and let Update do it's thing.

Once all the updates downloaded and began installing, the updates failed one after another. With no explanation I went back to Windows Update, ran it again and tried to re-download / install them. The same installation failures came up.

I figured I could download and install the updates one by one, but that seemed like a pain. I had 4 other machines with the same configurations - 3 could receive updates and install them but 1 other couldn't. The other option would be to wipe and reload those two machines but I didn't have that much time either.

All 5 of the machines were running Windows XP SP3 with IE 6.0. On the two machines that would fail on Windows Update, I installed IE 7.0 and reran the Windows Update. Apparently that worked because all of the old / new updates are installing fine now. If anyone else has this problem, try this and let me know what happens!

After the installation of IE 7.0, restart your computer. When you go back to Windows Update, you should receive a notice that Windows Update has an update - once you install that you should no longer receive the failed installation problem. If you install / reinstall IE 7.0 and don't receive the Windows Update update, then restart your computer again and/or uninstall and reinstall IE 7.0 again.

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