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Windows Server 2003 will not download or install updates

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Windows Updates will not download or install. Download window appears and literally hangs indefinitely
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Question by:adminbca
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by:authen-tech
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Here is a solution for XP for same problem...may be similar fix:
This behavior can be the result incorrect DCOM settings.
Windows XP
1. Open a CMD.EXE window, type dcomcnfg, and press Enter.
2. Expand Component Services.
3. Expand Computers.
4. Right-click My Computer in the right-hand pane and press Properties.
5. Select the COM Security tab.
6. Press Edit Limits under Access Permissions.
7. If the Everyone group is not listed with allow local and remote access, press Add, press Advanced, and press Find Now. Select Everyone and press OK. Check the Allow for Local Access and Remote Access. Press Apply
8. Press OK until only Component Services is open and close it.
9. Type the following commands, pressing Enter after each line:

regsvr32 /s Msscript.ocx
regsvr32 /s Dispex.dll
regsvr32 /s Vbscript.dll
regsvr32 /s Scrrun.dll
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by:adminbca
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Unfortunately the settings in DCOM were fine. I registered the DLLs again. However, the Preparing to download screen for the updates still just sits there and never changes. This is what makes it strange. The updates needed are listed, and I can select them, but the download never begins.
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by:authen-tech
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Check to see that your pop-up blocking for Internet Explorer is set to OFF.  Check that there is not a yellow bar at the top of IE that you need to click to allow the downloads to begin.  Also check to see that you have *.microsoft.com in your trusted sites.  (Tools, Internet Options, Security tab, Trusted Sites).

Let me know if that helps
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by:adminbca
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Yes all of those items are good.
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by:authen-tech
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Also check this site for troubleshooting windows update failure to download errors:
http://www.petri.co.il/wu_problems_800a138f.htm
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AC_Nova earned 500 total points
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stop the automatic updates service on the server, from admin tools, services.  Then open C:\WINDOWS\SoftwareDistribution and delete the entire contents.  Restart the automatic update service and run windows updates again from internet explorer, tools, windows update.

Done!
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by:adminbca
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Thank you for this. This was the magic button.
Brad
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