I've been at it all afternoon and am fed up with Microsoft's supposed solutions to my problem
I cannot get any updates via the update site. My auto updates seem to work (all my critical updates have been getting installed via the auto updater) My update history on the site shows I got some yesterday.
I was going to do a hardware update for my modem (I know, its old and I rarely use it but thought . . . It'll be just a few seconds) and it came up with a WGA install. So I tried to let them check me out and see that I really am legit but WGA would not install. It said it downloaded fine but would not install. After checking around for common problems I finally manually installed WGA and let it verify my software. The update site no longer asks for WGA verification but the problem persists . . . the site shows I need 2 critical updates for IE7 (I was using 6 and upgraded to see if that would fix it but no luck) I try and install these 2 updates and they download fine but always get the message 'updates failed to install' there is no error message or code such as 0000000X0000 whatever those long codes tend to be just message saying the update failed.
When I select the updates to install it shows that there are 2 updates ready to download/install for a total of 0KB so I wonder if I am really getting a good Download or not.
I don't remember the last time the site worked for me but it used to have the activeX bar at the top of the page pop up requesting permission. This no longer happens.
I did all of the steps in the microsoft support page except the method 11 inplace upgrade http://support.microsoft.com/kb/822798
and none worked! After I did the method 10 and tried the update site, instead of saying 2 updates for a total of 0KB it actually had a number but still failed to install. I restored all the files and folders I was instructed to delete b/c it seems I would be exposed w/o the updates (right?)
and now that I have played with my system like Microsoft told me to, outlook express is not able to call up and download my email??!!
Thank you in advance to whoever helps me!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
XP home SP2 IE7