This could be a number of things, could you answer the following questions.
Is your firewall blocking windows updates?
Go to start then run type services.msc look for automatic updates and background inteligent transfer. are they started?
Do you have a high speed network connection?
Have you tried downloading them around 5-10 at a time?
thanx for your help. here's the answers to your questions
1. No my zone alarm is not blocking the windows updates.
2. Checked the services and the automatic updates are started and set to automatic but the background inteligent transfer is not started and it is set to manual.
3. I have a 2Mbps broadband connection
4. It finds the updates to download from the site but when i even try to download only 5 the installer just flashes its cursor in the window and nothing happens. I know this isnt normal because my partners machine says 'initialising' after it starts
Hello Mr Dazzla,
The following recent thread at Bleeping Computer, which links to other threads, describes a similar problem. It is about a system using XP Home, but you may be experiencing the same problem, although you don't describe any error messages being displayed on your computer:
Thanx for your response.
I looked at that tread and done what they suggested but with no avail. Also i do not get any error messages (please read no.4 in last reply)
Could be: Stealth Windows update prevents XP repair - http://windowssecrets.com/comp/070927/#story1
Updates Are Not Installed Auto Updates - http://support.microsoft.com/kb/943144
Thanx for your help.
I have checked both links and have tried both options on the winsdows sectrets site with no joy at all with getting the updates.
I have also tried the methods they describe in the microsoft site and have tried the 1st method with no joy again and I am not sure if any of the downoaldable standalone updateagents are for use with my system being its system32.
I had the same problem after upgrading from Win2K Pro to XP Pro, updates would download, but install would fail. Go to this link (same KB link that hamluis has in his post)
I used method 2 on that page, it fixed the problem. Follow the directions exactly, it worked great for me. All updates now download and install just fine. Good luck.
Thanx for your reply
Please read above with regards the microsoft help page
first download Windows Inataller here thern reboot PC.
Then run the attached batch file. WindowsUpdateFix.bat ( 6.79k ) Number of downloads: 4
Restart one more time, retry windows update website.
Let me know if the worked.
Thanx for your response.
i have tried the method you suggested above and i still haven't had any luck with getting the updates. (please read reply 1 part 4)
So the end result at this moment in time i am still having the same problem not getting the downloads from the site and the updater program is just flashing its cousor. I did read somewhere that maybe the use of an earlier updater might work and am looking into that now. if anyone can help furthewr it would be greatful.