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  • laboylin Jul 08, 2008

    I am using VISTA

  • Dave May 11, 2010

    what OS are you using? XP, VISTA?

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Ensure you are trying to update with an account that has ADMIN rights.

Also check to see if it will allow updating if UAC is disabled in control panel

Posted on Jul 09, 2008

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I am having a problem accessing a website that requires Internet Explorer and I can barely get in and for only short periods of time


To help you troubleshoot the issue about accessing the website through using internet explorer browser, please find the instructions given below:
- First of all, try updating and installing latest Windows Update.
- To do these, click on Start button and then type 'Windows Update' in the search programs and files box.
- Select Windows Update and now select 'check for updates' on the screen.
- If windows updates are available, click on 'Install update'.
- After completely installing the Windows Updates, restart the computer once and see if you are able to access that particular website through internet explorer browser.
If issue persists, it is recommended to install latest version of internet explorer browser. Please follow the steps as given below:
- Open internet explorer browser, click the 'Tools button' (click 'Help' in the Menu bar), and then click 'About Internet Explorer'.
- Select the 'Install new versions automatically' check box, click Close.

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May 24, 2016 | PC Desktops

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How to configure automatic updates in Windows


Microsoft routinely puts out updates for current versions of Windows (and Windows applications). Some of these are critical updates, such as security patches, while others just tweak a program or fix a bug. Your operating system will run better if you stay up to date on the important updates, and an easy way to do this is by using Windows automatic updates.

To turn on automatic updates, right click on My Computer (in Windows Vista or 7, right click Computer) and select Properties. Then go to the Automatic Updates tab. Here you will see the different update options.

The safest choice is to pick Automatic, which will check for updates on a schedule that you choose (daily or weekly, at a certain time) and download any new updates it finds. However, if you want some control over which updates are installed, you can choose either of the next two options:

- Download updates for me, but let me choose when to install them

or

- Notify me but don't automatically download or install them.

If you pick either of these two choices, a yellow shield icon with an exclamation point will appear in the system notification tray when new updates are available, and you can download or install them by clicking on it.

The last option is to turn off automatic updates completely. Choosing this option may leave your computer at risk, because you won't get any security fixes Microsoft comes out with. If you do choose to turn automatic updates off, you should check for updates manually once in a while by visiting Microsoft's Windows Update web page at WindowsUpdate.Microsoft.com.

Whichever option you choose, click Apply at the bottom of the window to save your preference.

on May 28, 2010 | PC Desktops

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How can I fix my computer?


Realty LTD, the following depends on your company's policies but if you are allowed, first thing is to check for driver updates in both Windows Update option and device manager. For Window Updates, Control Panel>System and Security>Windows Update. You may see links for important and optional updates. Check in both and look for specific hardware related drivers, not windows security and os updates. If there are any only update those. Next check Device manager. Control Panel>System and Security>Administrative Tools>Computer Management>Device Manager(on left panel). If there are any yellow yield signs and a carrot is open, right click it and select update driver. If none of this works please clarify further. Is the sound like a fan? Do you feel accompanying heat? Does it get loud only when using specific applications or is it all the time? Things like that.

Oct 20, 2015 | Insignia D300a PC Desktop

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Sound card broke


Check hardware Many sound problems are caused by hardware that isn't set up properly. This step covers checking your sound card, plugging cables into the correct locations, making sure the hardware has power, and checking the volume.
1. Check your sound card Check to make sure your computer has a sound card, or sound processor, and it's working properly.
  1. Open Device Manager by clicking the Start button 4f6cbd09-148c-4dd8-b1f2-48f232a2fd33_71.jpg , clicking Control Panel, clicking System and Security, and then, under System, clicking Device Manager. 1f9463c2-c968-47bf-9b4d-939c5d1af477_9.jpg If you're prompted for an administrator password or confirmation, type the password or provide confirmation.
  2. Double-click Sound, video and game controllers to expand that category. If a sound card is listed, you have one installed. If no sound card is listed, check the information that came with your computer to see if there's supposed to be a sound card installed. If there should be a sound card installed, you'll need to install one according to the manufacturer's instructions.

    Notes

    • If you think you have a sound card installed but you don't see it under the Sound, video and game controllerscategory, expand the Other devices category and check the devices listed there.
    • Laptops don't usually have sound cards. Instead, they have integrated sound processors, which appear in the same category in Device Manager.
If there's a yellow question mark next to the name of the sound card in Device Manager, there might be a problem.
  1. Right-click the name of the sound card, and then click Properties.
  2. Click the General tab, and then look in the Device status box to identify problems with the sound card.
    If there's a problem, you might need a new driver for your sound card. For more information, see Step 3: Update drivers.
2. Check if the cables are connected properly 3. Check power and volume If you have speakers, make sure they're plugged into a working power source and turned on.
Make sure that your speaker volume or headphone volume isn't muted or turned down too low. This is particularly important for laptops, which often have small speakers that can be hard to hear.
  1. Open Volume Mixer by clicking the Start button 4f6cbd09-148c-4dd8-b1f2-48f232a2fd33_71.jpg, clicking Control Panel, clicking Hardware and Sound, and then, under Sound, clicking Adjust system volume.
  2. Move the slider up to increase the volume.Make sure the Mute button isn't turned on. If the button looks like this: bc956393-768b-49ea-96c0-59e0e9100880_9.jpg, muting is turned off. If the button looks like this: d186b500-30b7-4799-a2e0-ebb43f9d2bd1_23.jpg , click it to turn off muting.

Note

  • Some laptops have an external volume control on the outside of the case. If you're using a laptop, check the external volume control to make sure it's not turned all the way down.
In some cases you might have several volume controls to check. For example, if you're using Windows Media Player it has its own volume control, Windows has a volume control, and your external speakers have their own volume control. If any of these volume controls are set to their lowest setting, you won't hear any sound.
Update drivers For Windows to recognize your sound card or sound processor, it needs a compatible and properly working driver. An outdated, incompatible, or damaged driver can disrupt communication between the PC and the sound card.
If you recently upgraded from one version of Windows to another, it's possible that the current sound card driver was designed for the previous version of Windows. If you've had recent power outages, viruses, or other computer problems, it's possible that the drivers have become damaged. Downloading and installing the latest sound card driver for your sound card can help resolve these types of problems.
Here are three ways to install a driver:
  • Use Windows Update. You might need to set Windows Update to automatically download and install recommended updates. Installing any important, recommended, and optional updates can update system features and other software that might help fix your sound problems.
  • Install software from the device manufacturer. If your device came with a disc, that disc might contain software that installs a driver for the device.
  • Download and install the driver yourself. You can search for a driver on the manufacturer's website. Try this if Windows Update can't find a driver for your device and the device didn't come with software that installs a driver.
For more information about updating your sound card driver, follow these steps. For information about devices that are compatible with Windows, go to the Windows Compatibility Center.

To update the driver using Windows Update

  1. Open Windows Update by clicking the Start button 4f6cbd09-148c-4dd8-b1f2-48f232a2fd33_71.jpg. In the search box, type Update, and then, in the list of results, click Windows Update.
  2. Click Check for updates.
    If there are any available updates, click the links to see more information about each update. Windows Update tells you if an update is important, recommended, or optional. Each type of update might include drivers.
  3. On the Select the updates you want to install page, look for updates for your sound card, select the check box for the driver that you want to install, and then click OK.
    There might not be any available driver updates.
  4. On the Windows Update page, click Install updates. 1f9463c2-c968-47bf-9b4d-939c5d1af477_9.jpg. If you're prompted for an administrator password or confirmation, type the password or provide confirmation.
    Windows Update will tell you if the updates were successfully installed.

    Note

    • Some updates require you to restart your computer.

To download and install a driver yourself

If Windows can't find a driver for your sound card or sound processor, and the device didn't come with driver software, you can look for a driver on the manufacturer's website. Driver updates are often available in the support section of such websites.
To locate the driver, find the manufacturer and model name or number of your sound card, and then visit the Hardware and software vendor contact information website. Once you find your manufacturer, go to its website and locate and download the latest driver for your sound card.
If there's an updated driver, follow the installation instructions on the website. Most drivers are self-installing-after you download them, you usually double-click the file to begin the installation, and then the driver installs itself on your computer.
Some devices have drivers that aren't self-installing. If you download a driver that isn't self-installing, follow these steps.
You must be logged on as an administrator to perform these steps.
  1. Open Windows Update by clicking the Start button 4f6cbd09-148c-4dd8-b1f2-48f232a2fd33_71.jpg, clicking All Programs, and then clicking Windows Update. 1f9463c2-c968-47bf-9b4d-939c5d1af477_9.jpg If you're prompted for an administrator password or confirmation, type the password or provide confirmation.
  2. In the list of hardware categories, find the device that you want to update, and then double-click the device name.
  3. Click the Driver tab, click Update Driver, and then follow the instructions. 1f9463c2-c968-47bf-9b4d-939c5d1af477_9.jpg If you're prompted for an administrator password or confirmation, type the password or provide confirmation.

Dec 24, 2013 | Gateway 5310 (1008368) PC Desktop

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Error code 800fo900 windows vista


To download and install the System Update Readiness Tool, follow the steps below:

1. Click Start

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, and click Control Panel.

2. If you use Windows 7, click System and Security. If you use Windows Vista, click Security.

3. Under Windows Update, click Check for updates.

4. The System Update Readiness Tool (KB947821) is offered, only when

5. Click Install updates.


hope this helps

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How to update windows xp


Go to Microsoft Update and follow the appropriate instructions.

Jun 11, 2011 | LG PC Desktops

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None of the Microsoft suggestions correct error #0x80072F8F and allow me to get updates


search for updates manually. especially for installer 3.1 install it and restart your computer. Check Services and make sure windows automatic update service is set to automatic and started. Check time and Date and download the latest version of internet explorer from microsoft site. Install it and it will automatically update many root certificates for your windows. Set the security setting of internet explorer to default level and finally try to use update application of windows. It should work.

Sep 07, 2009 | HP Pavilion 510c PC Desktop

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Security Update for Windows Media Player 10 for Windows XP (KB936782) Security Update for Windows XP (KB926247) Security Update for Windows XP (KB950749) Critical Update for Office XP on Windows XP...


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Jul 28, 2008 | PC Desktops

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Windows can't check for updates


"Can't" check for updates?

Windows update needs to be connected to the internet in order to check, so make sure you're online when running Windows Update.

If you're using Firefox as a browser, you'll also run into problems. You can open IE and go to updates.microsoft.com to run it manually.

If you don't have a legal version of Windows, the update usually won't run.

Jul 25, 2008 | PC Desktops

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