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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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