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Windows Update doing nothing

By Scythy
Sep 15, 2004
  1. I go to the windows update site, and after I click custom install to see all the updates, it just "scans" forever, and doesn't really do anything... Is this a common problem with an easy answer that I'm just not seeing?

    Any help is appreciated, thanks.
     
  2. RealBlackStuff

    RealBlackStuff TS Rookie Posts: 6,503

    Are you using Internet Explorer?
    If not, it won't work.
     
  3. Scythy

    Scythy TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 39

    Oh yea, I'm using IE. Mozilla for regular browsing.
     
  4. RealBlackStuff

    RealBlackStuff TS Rookie Posts: 6,503

    I did not read the question properly.
    Custom Install should give you the complete overview of available updates for your selected OS. If that is XP, it will be a humonguous amount of files as it checks THEIR database.
    Letting MS do the regular update check, it will check YOUR PC and then tell you the few that are available, and you have not yet got them.
    As I said, this only works in IE.
     
  5. Scythy

    Scythy TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 39

    I have automatic updates enabled but set for me to confirm when installing. I've never seen it download or rather inform me of anything ready to be installed :(

    What I mean by forever, is if I click custom or express I let it run for over 3 hours and still nothing happened :p
     
  6. RealBlackStuff

    RealBlackStuff TS Rookie Posts: 6,503

  7. Scythy

    Scythy TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 39

  8. RealBlackStuff

    RealBlackStuff TS Rookie Posts: 6,503

    Would you have set your Security-settings to the maximum?
    Or did you put Microsoft in the Forbidden Zone?
     
  9. Scythy

    Scythy TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 39

    I just set the security settings to low, and actually windows update is in my trusted zone.

    Here a screeny of what I'm actually seeing.

    [​IMG]

    Basically just has that progress bar going but does absolutely nothing.

    Edit: (Whoops.. its big...sorry)
     
  10. RealBlackStuff

    RealBlackStuff TS Rookie Posts: 6,503

    Just wondering if your XP is a legal copy, if not that could explain.
    If it is, I hope someone else can help you further.
    (My advice would otherwise be, to ditch XP and go back to Windows 2000 Pro).
     
  11. Scythy

    Scythy TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 39

    Unfortunatly it is legal :(

    Time to buy a different operating system huh..

    Well, Windows 2000 is good then?

    I really have no clue what could be better than windows XP :p
     
  12. RealBlackStuff

    RealBlackStuff TS Rookie Posts: 6,503

    Make a backup of all your personal data.

    Then do an in-place repair of first Internet Explorer, if that does not work, repair Windows.
    See the HOW TO repair at the top of this forum.

    If all else fails, do a fresh install.
     
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