Recent Windows Update stalls at 40%

Dell / Dell dxp051...
February 13, 2010 at 07:52:25
Specs: Microsoft Windows XP Professional, 2.793 GHz / 3070 MB
I have my automatic updates set to " download update however allow me chose when to install" For some reason the little yellow shield on my taskbar is reporting a update 40% downloaded and its been stuck there for at least 2-3 hours . Is this normal I think not ? Anyone with a simular exprience when using windows Update or a suggestion of how to troubleshoot this ,your help would be greatly appreciated !
Thanks to All ,Nick

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February 13, 2010 at 08:39:36
Just go to Start > All Programs > Windows Update & manually download the files. Use the "custom" button, that way you can pick & choose what to install, rather than getting crap like IE8 rammed down your throat.

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February 15, 2010 at 06:13:34
When I attempt to install updates manually when it reaches the downloading update nothing happens the bar does not fillup ,showing any progress in the update being installed ? Yet the little yellow shield on my taskbar is now at 90% ,this is over a matter of several days and when its set to download but dont install update ! It use to work just fine and I have many updates installed verified via the Update History ! When I go to the Windows or Microsoft update site I do not recieve any prompt to install an ActiveX Control and in my Control Panel Administrative Tools ,Services I have Windows Update set to automatic ? Any futher suggestions apprciated !
Thank You Nick

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February 15, 2010 at 15:17:27
Your antiVirus software might be interfering, especially if you have any remnants of an older one that wasn't completely uninstalled. Check add/remove programs and manually search hard drive folders for left overs. Shut down anything not needed that is running, turn off all browser add-ons except maybe Java, scan your system first, then shut off your antivirus program and do a manual windows update. If it works, restart your computer to make sure your protection is fully functioning again. If your system is clean, it should be safe enough to turn off as long as you don't go to any other sites.

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