Windows Install Standalone Mode

Hi

I just reinstalled a user's computer (Windows 8.0) and am trying to install updates but I keep getting the error message stating that Windows Installer is in Standalone mode

How do I disable this mode ?

thanks
yann
Yann ShukorOwnerAsked:
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McKnifeConnect With a Mentor Commented:
Ok, you're trying to install a standalone update and installer says, it dies not apply. Possible reasons are: Update already installed or update is for a different Windows version (or subversion). Please verify that.
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JohnConnect With a Mentor Business Consultant (Owner)Commented:
I have not seen that issue or what you might have done in the install to cause it.

Here is a Microsoft Technical Support article that deals with Installer in Standalone mode.

https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/934307

Is there a local admin user?  or did you install it from a domain?
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awawadaCommented:
Did you install Windows 8.0 or 8.1?
Also please post the exact error message.
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Yann ShukorOwnerAuthor Commented:
Thanks for your response John

I simply restored the DELL Optiplex system partition
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Tycho NCommented:
Hi yann,
Maybe you could try this.

To view the Windows Update Standalone Installer event log, follow these steps:

    Click StartStart button, type event viewer in the Start Search box, and then click Event Viewer in the Programs list. In Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012, on the Start screen, type event viewer, click Settings, and then click View event logs under Settings.

    Security shield If you are prompted for an administrator password or for confirmation, type the password, or click Continue.

    In Event Viewer, expand Windows Logs, and then click Setup.

    Setup events appear in the middle pane.

    In the Actions pane, click Filter Current Log.

    In the Event sources list, click to select the WUSA check box, and then click OK.
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
Try using the Dell recovery partition again and reinstalling. The recovery partition may have been damaged.
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
@Tycho N - Your steps were copied out of the Microsoft Article. You should attribute your sources, otherwise it is plagiarism.
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Yann ShukorOwnerAuthor Commented:
Question, why would I want to see the log concerning this mode ?

All I want to do is to manually execute Windows updates
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
I have recovered a couple of Windows 8 / 8.1 machines with good DVD's and recovery partitions. What I think may have happened is that the recovery partition may have been damaged or the pre-startup routine to the recovery damaged.

Can you order / get new recovery DVD's from Dell?  That is what I would try in this situation.

Can you consider just upgrading to Windows 10 Pro (means starting fresh as well)?
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McKnifeCommented:
Windows Installer is in Standalone mode - please quote the exact error. There's no such mode. There are standalone update packages, yes.
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Yann ShukorOwnerAuthor Commented:
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McKnifeCommented:
Maybe it's for 8.1?
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Yann ShukorOwnerAuthor Commented:
I'm sorry cause I realize now that my description was incomplete
I was trying to upgrade the 8.0 to 8.1, but this required some initial updates
and I wasn't able to install these
What finally happened is that the Windows update function finally installed them for me
The Windows is currently installing the upgrade to 8.1  
Sorted, thanks
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
Thanks for the update.
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