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Windows Server 2008 cannot perform complete updates

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We have a Server 2008 that will only sucessfully apply one or two updates at a time. The other updates fail with the error "Code 80070718 Windows Update encountered an unknown error". As a result getting the server fully updated requires many reboots. Any ideas?
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First, disable all security and antivirus software.

Second, reset the Windows Update components. You can determine how to do that by reading the Microsoft Knowledge Base article 971058 - found here: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/971058

Apply the updates as necessary and then restart the server as you normally would.
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Thanks - I will try this solution this weekend.
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Applied the fix and ran the update - 5 of 9 updates installed. Rebooted and ran the update again - 3 of 4 installed. I'm pretty sure that once I get fully updated all updates will install. Even if that isn't the case, this is much improved - thanks!
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