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#1 Sharonsthere

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Posted 23 April 2008 - 11:31 AM

I have my puter set to automatic updates, but just lately...like today...I click to install and none of them can be installed and the message says 'some updates could not be installed'. I have a dell pc and I don't even know what type: I can't find that info on My Computer.
Also, I notice that the hourglass next to the pointer pops up for barely a second if that much...and it does it throughout the day, like something is running that I don't know about. I do look at processes and there are many running.
My hat...if indeed I owned one....is off to all of you.........
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#2 hamluis

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Posted 23 April 2008 - 11:55 AM

Hi, Sharon :thumbsup:.

Complex situation, you might give a read to this webpage for basic guidance: http://amset.info/windows/auto-updates.asp

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Posted 23 April 2008 - 02:15 PM

Hi Sharon,

You may try this utility:

Download Dial-a-fix from djlizard.net

To repaire problems with your system:
Unzip the file and doubleclick Dial-a-fix.exe to start the program.
Press double green checkmark - "Check all"- to turn everything on.
Press "GO" to start processing all checkmarked items.
Check them all and press Go.

REBOOT your computer afterwards, important.

Edited by farbar, 23 April 2008 - 03:13 PM.


#4 Sharonsthere

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Posted 23 April 2008 - 04:59 PM

Many thanks to both hamluis and farbar....I am reading the article you recommend, hamluis.
And I have read up on Dial a fix and decided to read further. I'll let everyone know how this turns out...You have both done me a great service!
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Posted 23 April 2008 - 05:06 PM

try doing this and then try windows update

Copy and paste each of these into the run box and press enter after each one, you will get a success box for some of them, so wait ten seconds between each one

regsvr32 wuapi.dll

regsvr32 wuaueng1.dll

regsvr32 wuaueng.dll

regsvr32 wucltui.dll

regsvr32 wups2.dll

regsvr32 wups.dll

regsvr32 wuweb.dll

Try Microsoft Update

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Posted 23 April 2008 - 05:37 PM

Dial-a-fix should cover registering those windows updates dll files and windows installation problems. And it takes a few minutes to do all that.

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Posted 23 April 2008 - 05:48 PM

I never used the program
How ever check your event viewer for any event ids that show when updates fail

Start /run/ eventvwr.msc /click ok
open application...look for errors in red or yellow

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Posted 23 April 2008 - 10:08 PM

Thanks mme, I need to start looking at the event viewer; before today I'd never heard of it!

as for Dial A Fix....IT IS REALLY NICE!! I used it and I see a difference already in the way the computer is running. It took care of my initial problem. :thumbsup:
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Posted 24 April 2008 - 02:00 AM

as for Dial A Fix....IT IS REALLY NICE!! I used it and I see a difference already in the way the computer is running. It took care of my initial problem. :thumbsup:


glad it worked and thanks for letting us know. :flowers:

As for the hourglass: most of the time they are the running applications (Antivirus, Windows, the applications you start to run, etc,...) that you have set to automatic update. It is particularly applies to Windows automatic update. Even when you use windows search the explorer makes contact with a remote server.

I personally have turned off all automatic updates (including windows ) except for AV.

Edited by farbar, 24 April 2008 - 02:14 AM.


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Posted 28 April 2008 - 11:08 PM

As per your mysterious running programs, you might've been checking Task Manager but that's not TOO helpful. What I recommend you do is get Windows Defender. http://www.microsoft.com/athome/security/s...re/default.mspx . That has a utility that easily lets you see what programs are running, plus it helps a little with spyware. Best of all it's FREE!

Best Regards

P.S. Windows Defender says that it is an anti spyware program but it doesn't do what it's supposed to very well. I'm recommending the software because of the utility it has. It allows you to see running programs.

Edited by Monkey the Boy, 29 April 2008 - 11:39 AM.

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Posted 14 May 2008 - 12:22 PM

Hi,

I had the same problem as Sharonsthere and just wanted to thank you
for advice on Dial-a-fix. Worked like a charm. Seemed to encounter the inability
to download and install AFTER getting the new Windows XP sp3 OS.
Had no problems with sp3 but then afterwards couldn't get any further downloads/
installations from Microsoft.

After Dial-a-fix can get all the updates for my Office 2002 SBE as well as others.

Thanks again, BILL

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Posted 14 May 2008 - 12:38 PM

You are most welcome Bill, glad it worked for you and thank you for letting us know.

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Posted 14 May 2008 - 03:06 PM

Post deleted, inappropriate response (brain cells dying off) :thumbsup:.

Louis

Edited by hamluis, 14 May 2008 - 03:08 PM.





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