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XP update not installing

By adambcohen
Jul 2, 2008
  1. I have a client that reformatted their computer. He and his wife called us out there, because they could not get an update installed. Spending 30min to an hour I had not such luck...so I told them I would get back with them. The error code is as follows "0x8007F013". I know what it means, but I can not find a fix. Does anyone know a workaround.
    I think when they reformatted they might have ran into some issues or they might have just done a repair?

    Thanks
    Adam
     
  2. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 14,524

    Confirm the "update" that is not installing
    Download the Windows Installer CleanUp Utility
    Remove the same one that reports it is already installed (which is actually corrupt)
    Restart
    Re-install the "update" from MS again

    By the way, the more info the better (for you!)

    What update? (Adobe :) )
    What Windows? (Server 2008 :) )
    Are all Service Packs done? (98 SP1 :) )

    If a user has formatted their computer, they should do the following in order
    Install Windows
    Install all chipsets
    Install all (computer) drivers (from Manufactures website)
    Install all Service Packs (Xp is up to SP3 now)
    Install all extra Security Updates (from MS)
    Optimize
    At last install 3rd party programs (usually the first is AntiVirus)
    This list can get quite big!

    That's what a tech would do.

    Edit:

    Oh I just read the title, it's Xp something
     
  3. adambcohen

    adambcohen TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 25

    xp

    It is xp that is trying to update and I had one my tech out there. I want to say it is service pack2.
    After reading your post, I should be able to remove whatever it has downloaded correct?

    Adam
     
  4. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 14,524

    Yes, especially MS updates (whatever the exact one that is faulty is)

    But personnally I'd just start again, other wise you are dealing with whatever they did (Not a good idea, after day 3, when they say, oh yeah I forgot to tell you...)
     
  5. adambcohen

    adambcohen TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 25

    xp

    I want to make sure I am understanding correctly. When you say start again are you say to reformat? If not are you just referring to removing the updates.

    Adam
     
  6. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 14,524

    Backup
    Format
    Install Windows

    That way, you won't be called out again for free
     
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