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Automatic Updates Xp Pro Sp2

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#1 ~at a loss~

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Posted 13 February 2007 - 05:00 PM


I can get the downloads with no trouble by manually going to the site and installing them, but I was wondering if anyone could clue me in as to why automatic updates might not be ......well, automatic.

I had it set to automatic and when that didn't work, I set it to download and notify me, but don't install till I say, and it wouldn't work with that setting either.

Is is my security settings? I have them set pretty stringently as per the advice of a nice fellow who was helping me clean my computer in the HJT forum.

Any ideas?


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Posted 13 February 2007 - 05:21 PM

Here's what I'm thinking....

You have it set on Automatic updates, but there are no updates to download/install, so therefor it wouldn't do anything. The Automatic Updates are mainly files that are considered high priority for your system, which always get downloaded/installed if set to do so.

On the other hand, you can go to the web site and get downloads from there, but those aren't the critical files you need, just files/programs that you can use.

But, if you should go to MS web site and let it check your computer, it will list all of the files you need and it'll get them ready for you to download. If there are no critical files needed for your computer, then it'll say so, and at the same time, there will be nothing for your automatic updates to update.

That's my take on it. Maybe someone else can explain differently.

Also check to make sure that you don't have any firewalls or such blocking it from updating.

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Posted 13 February 2007 - 08:29 PM

Some security settings could affect this - particularly those associated with ActiveX - but then you wouldn't be able to access the Windows Update site at all.

So, I'd suspect that (as Walkman stated) that there may not be any downloads for you to get.

Another possibility is that your Windows Update dll's have become unregistered. Try this free utility to reregister them (and the Windows Installer also): http://wiki.djlizard.net/Dial-a-fix#Standard_version
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Posted 14 February 2007 - 07:59 AM


Well, no there were eight security (high priority) updates issued( I assume on Tuesday) that I downloaded yesterday manually, and I left off specifically the Windows IE.7 update because I'm not sure I want that yet.

Oh well, I will just have to do it manually until I figure out an answer.

But thank you very much for your suggestions.


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