I have the same issue on 2 of 4 PC's running Windows XP, knowing MS Support deadline is 8 Apr 2014. So I wanted these 3 PC's updated. MS Update locates 10-12 updates, when I attempt to Download and Install all 10-12 listed Fail. All XP PC's have Service Pak 3.
I have ran Full Virus Scans, MSERT (Microsoft Security Scan) and Malicious Software Removal Tool, every Win Fixit, manually downloaded at least 20 KB's and .Net Framework and installed.
Uninstalled I.E. 8, re-installed I.E. 8 and all updates...1 PC using XP, has no issues with Windows Update. I have 8 PC's, and a Laptop running XP Pro, I have not booted and tried running WuAuServ.
Of the 2 XP's with Failed Update Issues, I have followed the following, also this did not work.
1. CMD " net stop WuAuServ "
2. Rename Windows Software Distribution " SDold "
3. CMD " net start WuAuServ "
How to troubleshoot Microsoft.NET Framework 1.1 installation issues in Windows XP
%InstallationPath%\dotnetfx.exe /t:%temp% /c:"msiexec.exe /fvecms %temp%\netfx.msi"
netfx.msi is not found anywhere on my harddrive, even after downloading and installing NDP1.1sp1-KB867460-X86.exe and dotnetfx.exe
I have tried using the Windows Update/Installer Fix. WindowsXP-KB942288-v3-x86.exe Nothing works.
I have been using MS OS since 1986, from DOS to Windows 3.0, 95, 98, ME, XP, Vista, Win7...not my first MS Rodeo, I am religious on Updating all OS, same of Anti-virus, and running daily scans.
I just ran the NetFxRepairTool.exe on 1 XP PC and I am down to 2 updates Security Update WinXP (KB2686509) and MS .Net Framework 1.1. SP 1
And Looking at Add/Remove Programs shows MS .Net Framework 1.1. installed as well as .Net Framework 2.0. SP 2, .Net Framework 3.0. SP 2, 3.5 SP1, 4 Client Profile and Extended
http:// drdocyoung.com/ 911-computer-service/ XP-Failed-Updates/
Main reason I have PC's running 95, 98, ME, XP on old systems per se is I have software and perpherials, files created in my 30 yrs using PC's, are not compatible with Vista or Win7. Still on their original hard-drives, and I use a USB 2.0 to SATA + IDE (2.5 / 3.5 / 5.25") Cable Adapter when needed. Same of USB 3.5" floppy drive, USB & Firewire external drives, Iomega Zip Drives USB & Parallel.