Windows Update Fails

March 6, 2006 at 15:43:33
Specs: WinXP Pro, Athlon 64 3500+, 2GB

Whenever i try to install updates from windows update it always fails. It will download but when it tries to install it says fail. Now everytime i go to windows update it says update already downloaded and when it tries to install it, it just fails again. Does anybody know why it fails?? Thanx for any help.

ps. I DO have a legit version of Windows


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March 6, 2006 at 15:49:19

you logged in as admin? is this pc part of a domain? is this a legit/licensed copy of xp?

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March 6, 2006 at 15:53:27

Some times the switch for the installation is damaged and windows update keeps seeing it as uninstalled...but then it is checked and found to be already installed...

find the same installation in add/remove and uninstal it and then let windows reinstall the update and install the correct notifier.

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March 6, 2006 at 15:58:52

Usually in the window of the updates it gives a failure code in the upper rt corner. You will need to click on it and follow the links. It can get very involved. You may have to go to the forum and dig out the problem.

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March 6, 2006 at 16:06:44

Start here.

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March 6, 2006 at 17:41:37

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March 6, 2006 at 20:05:25

I did all the above and it still fails. It is trying to download WGA Validation Tool by the way. Because it cant install this it means that i cant even scan my computer i find what updates it needs to download manually from another site. I tried uninstalling the Windows installer 3.1 and when i went to windows update it tried to download it and reinstall it but that failed upon trying to reinstall too, so i know its nothing to do with the WGA thinking my windows is not Legit. Anymore ideas guys?? Thanks

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March 6, 2006 at 20:13:37

Double check that something has'nt altered this.
Start > Run, type in regedit & press Enter.
Press F3, type in > regdone & press Enter.
Right click on regdone, click on modify & make the value 1.

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March 7, 2006 at 15:44:02

try clicking tools/addins on the IE menu and see if the validation tool add in is disabled/removed. If so, re add it

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March 9, 2006 at 18:13:22

Are you using a program that protects some registry keys,such as Reg Defend? It caused some of my updates to fail to install.

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March 19, 2006 at 06:56:02

Hello I'm Override

why don't you try this link

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