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Can not update windows.

I did a system recovery (not restore, recovery). Now want to update XP and windows update will not run.

Automatic updates will not run.

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  • DYZAN59 Feb 10, 2009

    can you help me with the same problem everytime i open my computer an alert in a tray say like this your auto update is disable click the baloon to fix this problem so upon clicking it will go to the security center to click on the auto updates but the problem is it doesn't work because most of the time my P.C. hang ...thanks if you can me about this aprreciate your support

  • Ron
    Ron May 11, 2010

    Did windows updates work at first and then stopped working after some updates were installed?


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Try Dial-a-fix. Best solution to Windows Update problems I've found.

The interface is a little cryptic, but if you read the Wiki you can be up and running pretty quick. Works great.

http://wiki.lunarsoft.net/wiki/Dial-a-fix#Mirrors.2Fdownload_locations.2C_and_articles

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Try turning the machine off in the middle by just hitting the power button to see if it will go to the Startup Repair screen so you can get to the Recovery Console. Let the startup repair run, then if it says it couldn't fix it, get to the Recovery Screen and see if you can run a System Restore and select a Restore Point (date and time) before the update was downloaded. System Restore does not delete your data, documents, music, pictures, videos or programs (unless the program was installed after the restore point you selected). System Recovery on the other hand Deletes Everything and sets your system back to when you first purchased it.

Try running the check disk utility.

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Check disk will run well over an hour or two and you will notice the percentages going from high to low, this is normal. Let it run to completion. Then reboot machine.

If check disk fails to solve your problem you might have to reinstall windows. Try doing a Repair Install that way you don't loose your data, documents, music, pictures, videos or programs.

In windows xp you get to the dos command prompt by selecting R for repair when the options appear.

In Vista and Windows 7 you want to get to the recovery console and look down at the bottom of the window for the Dos Command.



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format....thats the only way for me...
you already updated your computer...

there is no tool that you can downgrade your pc if you have already updated it.. except you have deep freeze...

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May ask...how to install the new updates windows cause every time i try to install it...it didn't install properly???


1. Stop the Automatic Updates service:

Start > Right-click on Run and select Run as Administrator > (type) services.msc > [OK]
Double-click Automatic Updates > Click on Stop
(Stopping the service will take a moment)

2. Delete the contents of the Download folder:

Start > Right-click on Run and select Run as Administrator >
(type or copy/paste) %windir%\SoftwareDistribution > [OK]
Open the Download folder and delete its contents
Close the window.

3. Start >> Control Panel >> System And Maintenance (If you are using Classic View, skip this step) >> Windows Update >> Select updates to install: Right-click on Update for Windows >> Click Hide Update >> Confirm the UAC (User Account Control) prompt, if appropriate, & OK your way out.

4. Start the Automatic Updates service:

Start > Right-click on Run and select Run as Administrator > (type) services.msc > [OK]
Double-click Automatic Updates > Click on Start
(Stopping the service will take a moment)

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To restore/unhide updates in Windows: Start >> Control Panel >> System And Maintenance (If you are using Classic View, skip this step) >> Windows Update >> Restore Hidden Updates | >>Find and select the update you wish to install >> click on Restore. You can now reselect it and install through the normal process.

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It really is a nuisance for users with genuine products. This has also occurred to many people with MS Office 2003. It could however be caused by someone installing XP or Office that used a Corporate License that will require updating in a different way and not via the MS Auto Update procedure.

You can simply uninstall the MS update check that does the validation or return you machine to a known good state via the system, restore function. Look at your system history to see which update you need to uninstall and avoid reinstalling next time you get the option. So turn off auto updates and then make sure you control which updates are applied.

Also call the store where you bought the system if they are still in business.

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Hi there. My name is Alex and Im here to help solve your problem

First of all, AVG has always had a problem installing when windows updates are enabled and download and install automatically. I would recommend uninstalling all updates that have been installed to your computer and disable automatic updates which I will explain to you below

To uninstall the updates.
Click start, settings and click control panel.
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