XP refuses to install windows updates.

Posted on 2007-07-24
Last Modified: 2010-04-11
Ok, I have a dell computer (Dimension 3000) that I recently replaced the motherboard on. After replacing the motherboard I performed a clean install of WindowsXP Home SP2. All was well, I installed drivers and a few applications. However when I go to download and install the latest windows updates it will detect and download all 75 of'em but when it goes to install them every single update fails! I've even manually installed IE7, but same problem. I've had the exact same problem on an HP computer where I replaced the motherboard as well. This problem is driving me crazy and I cant figure it out, stupid Windows just doesnt give me anything to run with, I mean it just says "updates failed" and expects you to just live with it. Any help would be GREATLY appreciated, thanx in advance :D
Question by:JordyBoy100
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    Browse to (where xxxxxx is the KB article number)

    Download the critical updates in this way - and run the self-extracting setup files - and install some of the updates - after a few updates and reboots - you should be able to use Windows Update again.
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    Try this.
    type: regsvr32 msxml3.dll
    Re-try windows update.
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    Can you post the windowsupdate.log from c:\Windows, to

    Also, here is a link from a PAQ that has some advice on creating some batch files....

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    I'm not sure why, but Autopatcher will install updates and resolve the problem you're having as well.

    Autopatcher will also install a number of enhancements.  Nice software.
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    by:Erik Bjers
    Windows is activated using spacific information from the systemboard and other hardware.  Replacing the system board can invalidate your windows activation, even if you reinstall with the same copy of windows and the same key.  An invalid activation will cause failed updates.

    You may need to call MS and reactivate your system, they do not charge for activation calls.

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    To confirm that theory from ebjers regarding activation....

    start>run>"c:\windows\system32\oobe\msoobe.exe" /a

    It will either bring up the wizard, or will tell you your cool....
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    The 'C' grade was a little unnecessary - there are often issues related with Windows/Microsoft Update, and sometimes installing a few critical updates gives the functionality back - Windows update sometimes just needs a helping hand.

    You did not request more information, or respond to the other experts' comments - so the grade 'C' is not acceptable in this case.

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