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Windows Update says updates failed. Help!!!


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#1 JazzMahn

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Posted 21 June 2012 - 03:51 PM

I have a Dell Inspiron 1525 laptop that runs Windows Vista SP1. Last Monday it had shut down and the only thing I could do was to reformat and install Vista. I checked in BIOS and the hard drive was recognized. There are 3 gigs of RAM recognized. After installing, I was able to install all the drivers and all looks well in the Device Manager. I put Microsoft Security Essentials on and updated the virus definitions. I thought the next thing I should do is to install Windows Updates. That is where my problem started. When I first checked it showed 9 updates that needed to be installed. As I've done installation before I knew that wouldn't be all but after the installation I checked and all were installed and showed as successful in the Windows Update History. After that I checked again and it showed 111 updates. I went ahead and started the installation of the 111. All were installed and after restarting and having windows complete all three steps of installation I checked and the Windows Update History shows that the files have failed. I don't think that is possible as I saw successful insulation.

I am going to assume that they were installed. Is there a way I can erase the Windows Update HIstory so I won't see the failed installations? I know I've done that once before but it has been a long time and I just don't remember.

Thanks in advance for any and all help. I really appreciate it.

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#2 InadequateInfirmity

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Posted 21 June 2012 - 10:22 PM

Open Notepad and copy and paste the contents of the code box into the notepad Call it Updatefix.bat Save it to your desktop and double click it. Important>>>>>>>>For Vista or Win7 Users Right Click the Update.bat File and Run as Admin.








@echo off

echo

net stop bits

net stop cryptsvc

net stop wuauserv

cd c:\windows\system32

ren catroot2 catroot2.old

cd c:\windows

ren softwaredistribution softwaredistribution.old

Edited by InadequateInfirmity, 21 June 2012 - 10:23 PM.


#3 JazzMahn

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Posted 22 June 2012 - 05:02 AM

I did as you suggested and copied to notepad the bat file that you listed. When I tried to right click to run as an administrator, I never got the option to run. If I opened the file it just brought me back to the bat code you listed for me. If I've done something wrong, please let me know.

Thanks!

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Posted 23 June 2012 - 12:09 PM

Hi,

You may have saved the file as a text file. If so try this.
  • Highlight the text in the code box and paste it into Notepad
  • From the top Menu, click File, then Save as and make sure Save as Type is All Files (*.*)
  • In File Name enter Update.bat
  • Run Update.bat

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Posted 23 June 2012 - 04:10 PM

Download the file below unzip it and run as admin reboot.

Edited by InadequateInfirmity, 23 June 2012 - 05:57 PM.





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