Cannot enable automatic updates in xp

By teachme1
Apr 11, 2010
  1. in windows xp the recommended automatic update option is disabled. i tried to enable at the security center with no luck. i tried the microsoft support website and tried their folder %windir%\inf, and the advanced settings folder for the services.msc, again with no luck. please help. thank you.
  2. gbhall

    gbhall TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,431   +77

    Try this and this and try directly going to the update page

    This problem is sometimes due to you turning off certain services that are required by Windows Update. If none of the above helps you, try this and this
  3. teachme1

    teachme1 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    cannot enable automatic updates

    gbhall-thank you for responding. I am going to see what option works for me.
    I do appreciate your time and knowledge.
  4. alexcarlson

    alexcarlson TS Rookie


    In Windows XP Home Edition, you must be logged on as a computer administrator to install components or modify Automatic Updates settings. In Windows XP Professional, you must be logged on as an administrator or a member of the Administrators group.

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