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Windows Updates failing

For some reason on various Windows XP machines the updates are failing and these are the critical ones.  A few times doing the shutdown and install updates option has resolved my issue but not all the time.  The updates simply say failed and that is it and I am puzzled why critical patches are failing.  I have tried deleting stuff out of the Windows Update folder and CAROOT then rebooting but no luck.  I have SP 3 installed and it seems fine.

What am I missing here?  Could it be spyware of some sort?  I have ran scanners.
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Don't be too quick to assume that you're infected, but do run a scan. Which updates are failing, and what are the errors that they are failing with? Is anything showing up in your event log during this time?
You need to download the latest version of windows update
Jared LukerCommented:
jcs1977Author Commented:
I ran the dial a fix application.  When you run there is an option to choose Yes or No.  The no options clean it completely and resolved my issue.  Thank you for the responses.
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