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When I finally installed Internet Explorer 8, I was reallyfrustrated when I tried to do a Microsoft Update (or Windows Update) as I fellinto an infinite loop of checking for updates. It would continually spit meback out to the 'getting started page' and then try to update my Active X andthen give me a “Check for Updates” button, over and over. I found the solution, and here is what I did:
Apparently, you need to reset the Windows Update Agent. In my case, a previous update was inhibiting the re-install of this “agent” so I had to force it to re-install. Here is how:

  1. Download and install the Windows Update agent. Go to
  2. For me I downloaded to my desktop the “For an x86-based computer” windowsupdateagent30-x86.exe
  3. Once downloaded, Click Start, click Run, click Browse, locate the file that you saved and then click Open.
  4. Make sure the whole path is in quotes and add the /wuforce switch to the end of the location, and then click OK. It should look like this:

    "C:Documents and SettingsjoeblowDesktopwindowsupdateagent30-x86.exe" /wuforce
  5. Click Run.
  6. Follow the steps to complete the wizard.
  7. Restart Internet Explorer
***Important *** If you have attempted this once before, and you with to try again to reinstall Windows Update Agent, download the relevant file from one of the links on the Microsoft kb site above and save it to a drive where Windows is not loaded. This is because the file cannot be launched directly from the system root directory. Click Start, click Run, type: "D:WindowsUpdateAgent30-x86.exe /wuforce" (without quotations) and then press Enter to install the Windows Update engine. Note: There is a space between "D:WindowsUpdateAgent30-x86.exe" and "/wuforce" D: is the drive where Windows is not installed (ie a flash drive or a 2nd hard drive etc)

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