Indexing was stopped without any problems.
kb310353 offered 2 methods - (1) Guided Help , (2) Manually starting XP with a clean boot.
Decided to try (1) but got "Sorry Guided Help not available , Try again later.
Waited 15 mins same result. Decided to use method (2)
msconfig went well until final OK when it said "Access Error you need to be an Administrator"
My logon of OWNER has an administrator status.
Decided to try to getin to user as ADMINISTRATOR, - Succeeded by using two CTRL+ALT+DELs and expected that the password would be blank (because my local computer wizard had reinstalled my Dell re-installation disk), but blank didn't work and neither did the p/word that I had written down in a book from the time when I bought the computer in 2005. So I was absolutely stuck.
clicked OK on refusal message and exited msconfig. Decided to shut down the machine and think about it, but inadvertently hit the wrong shutdown button and the computer came up with "Updating 1 of 7" etc. Had to let it run of course. commenced at 20:20 , by 22:25 had got to "5 of 7", when I looked again at 22:25 it had switched off the machine. I booted up again and looked Update history to see that there were 7 red buttons displayed with date of 24/02/2011 and to my surprise 7 earlier red buttons dated 24/02/2011. I didn't remember any deliberate updating action on my part, so it must have been an automatic attempt by the machine.
This morning was very bad, boot-up was quite rapid but selecting the Google icon created a 4 minute wait before the message which says "are you sure you typed the right address". Tried again - same result . used task manager to see what was running - no programs , process = "wuauclt" never heard of it but took a chance and zapped it. was then able to access Google with only about 30 secs wait. That may be just coincidence of course.and I apologise in advance .
Google now appears to be working smoothly, Control Panel took me rapidly to menu but took ages to screen Add&Remove, It too seems OK now.
Now here's a thing. I went into update history this morning to see what the error codes were for yesterdays red buttons. And surprise surprise there's now ANOTHER set of 7 redbuttons with a date of 25/02/2011 and the machine has been switched off all night from before midnight to about 09:30 this morning. It's understandable that the system will be desperate to update these 7 bits but difficult to believe that it could secretly try and take about 150 minutes to try without me noticing it. Also - why is it only these 7 surely by now we need other updates from MS.?
Examining the redbutton info and taking the last three updates 7 at a time, we get the following error messages in chronological order
0x645(5) 0x8007064C(1) 0x66A 0x645(5) 0x8007064C(1) 0x66A(1) 0x8007068E(1) 0x800706BA(6)
I looked at msconfig this morning (was surprised to see that it was still held in the box ready to run) and can see that despite my ADMIN rights not being upheld all the MS items are hidden and all the others are NOT ticked.
Will I need to restore msconfig now ?
PS Have now discovered that wuauclt is a windows Update program ! -OOPS.
Edited by RonS2, 25 February 2011 - 06:04 AM.