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Hi All, due to all the junk on my system (Jim Butt is the new one) I am trying to upgraded to SP 1A so I can remove it and keep it off. Problem is I cannot upgrade Windows. Everytime I try I get the below error. The help link just refers me to my system administrator. Real helpful! I have searched online for the error number but didnt get much help there and I also have verified in the control panel that windows update are set for automatic download. Any help is appreciated on this!

Error number: 0x8DDD0003
Network policy settings prevent you from using Windows Update to download and install updates on your computer. If you believe you have received this message in error, please check with your system administrator.
Read more about steps you can take to resolve this problem yourself.
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Is your Operating System legit or is it a cracked version?

why upgrade to SP1a, when SP 2 is now available and recommended. Infact, if memory serves me correctly, last time I looked - Microsoft were announcing that all users will need SP2 installed in order to use Windows Update.

My advice, if you can - download and install SP 2 - you'll have to go via the 'downloads' link on microsoft.com rather than the Windows Update site.

If you've time, download the network install version rather than the express install - and back it up for prosperity.

Hope thant helps :tazz:

daveB - LinuxWannabee
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As per previous is Your XP legitimate?

If so try this:

Start/Run ==> regedit.exe

locate the following


delete the value "NoWindowsUpdate" if it exist.

Under the registry key
\Policies\Windows Update

delete the value "DisableWindowsUpdateAccess" if it exist.

Under the registry key
\Group Policy Objects\LocalUser\Software\Microsoft\Windows\
CurrentVersion\Policies\Windows Update

delete the value "DisableWindowsUpdateAccess" if it exist.

If the above values was not found:

Do a global registry search (in regedit.exe) for registry values with name

and delete if found.

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