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I've got windows Xp and service pack 2 installed. Up till a few weeks ago I was getting the auto updates from windows. Then I had some problems with java updates. I was told that windows installer needed to be reinstalled, which I did, no luck with java updates, but then I was getting windows updates when I shut down, saying they would be installed before windows closes. This has happened 3 times so far and the updates have not been installed . I tried a manual install and I was told to update the window installer which I did. I thought I had downloaded several security patches but after each was downloaded they failed to install. Then I tried service pack 3 and it seemed to download but afterwords it said it too had failed to install. I am stumped.
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click on start...run..type in ...cmd...press enter or click on OK...in the dos box type in ipconfig /flushdns then press enter..
be sure you put a space between ipconfig and the /
type in exit

no joy...
try this..
TCP/IP stack repair options for use with Windows XP with SP2.

For these commands click on Start.... Run..... type in...CMD ....click OK..to open a command prompt box

Reset WINSOCK entries to installation defaults...type in ... netsh winsock reset catalog .... press ...enter

Reset TCP/IP stack to installation defaults...type in...... netsh int ip reset reset.log ... press ...enter

no joy...

click on Start.... Run..... type in..services.msc ....click OK..

Automatic Updates ...Windows XP update won't function without this service. If you use Windows Update

server, you must have this service set to automatic. This does not mean that Automatic Updates are

turned on. This is just the base service. ...set it to Automatic

Background Intelligent Transfer ...Enables data transfer from HTTP1.1 servers. Windows Update website

may refuse to function if this is disabled...set it to Automatic

Cryptographic Services Used to check certifications of Windows drivers. If you have this service

disabled, you will end up getting frustrating amounts of uncertified driver warnings and Windows Update

may refuse to launch. set to it Automatic


no joy...
try this...
OPEN NOTEPAD...copy and paste the text between the lines ...
click on file...then...save as.. on the left side click on desktop...then in the file name box type in updates fix.bat then in the box below that save as type..all files...then click save...you should see a new icon on your desktop ...double click it to run it..then try updating windows again

===================COPY BETWEEN THE LINES=========

regsvr32 /s wuapi.dll
regsvr32 /s wuaueng1.dll
regsvr32 /s wuaueng.dll
regsvr32 /s wups.dll
regsvr32 /s wups2.dll
regsvr32 /s wuweb.dll
regsvr32 /s wucltui.dll

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