windows update page does not open

Posted on 2010-08-13
Last Modified: 2012-05-10
I have windows XP home edition.  accessing Internet seems working fine to many URL. but when I click on Windowsupdate, I got the message  " Internet Explorer cannot display the webpage"
I need to do windows update on my pc.

please help me find the fix for this.

Thank you
Question by:dcs-user
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by:Sudeep Sharma
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Is your computer been infected recently? if yes than I would suggest to clean it first since there are many Viruses which block the access to Windows Update.

To clean and to check if you system is clean do following:

  • Run malwarebytes in Safe Mode with Networking and update it before running a full system scan:

  • Then try HitManpro to make sure anything which might be left behind is clean:


  • If issue is not resolved by these tools try TDSSKiller:

Tutorial on TDSSKiller:

  • If this does not resolve your issue then try Combofix:
Download Combofix

Tutorial on how to use combofix:

Post logs here for further analysis.


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ID: 33431911
I am running virus scan, it has been finding many virus , it will take awhile to complete.
thanks for all the help

Expert Comment

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Oh dear.  Try Combofix as a quick fix -

Let us know what happens after you remove the virusses

Author Comment

ID: 33433926
I got all the virus removed, but I still can 't do windows update.  look like one profile is corrupted or something, becuase on one of the user accounts can not access Internet at all, thought ping is good.  the rest of user accounts can access the Internet but can not do windows update.  it is strange.   the link
open but it say " the website has encountered a problem and...."
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ID: 33434104
Try resetting IE to defaults next:

IE6 -

IE7 -

IE8 -
(about two third down there an automatic and manual reset procedure, do it manually as it's easy enough and then you know how)

Which version of IE have you got?  And what service pack are you on?

Author Comment

ID: 33434204
I have IE8 version 8.0.6001
windows update error 0x80072EFF

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ebooyens earned 500 total points
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So looks like you're one step further right as you're getting an update error code now?  So you've done the IE8 reset?

What service pack is Windows on?  Worth installing XP SP3 if you haven't already.

Also install these:

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thank you , it works.

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Great, glad to hear it

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