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    Default If you can't install Windows updates

    Sometimes, using the Windows Update Service, you may not be able to complete the installation of updates, the causes could be due to some failed attempt to upgrade the operating system....

    The problem is easily overcome by following a small procedure

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    Simultaneously press the "windows" and "r" and digit services.msc

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    In the list of active services, find the entry for Windows Update and then right click. From the pulldown menu that appears click on Stop. (Alternatively click the right button, select Properties / Stop).

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    create a new folder in C: \ Windows, which we will call Old Updates. Inside, move all the files located in C: \ Windows \ SoftwareDistribution
    Therefore this directory will be empty

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    When you have done this, restart the Windows Update from the Start menu / All Programs and check for new updates by clicking Check for Updates

    5. Everything should work correctly. If not, you can always resort to using System Restore to a date before the problem

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    Quote Originally Posted by zen67 View Post
    Sometimes, using the Windows Update Service, you may not be able to complete the installation of updates, the causes could be due to some failed attempt to upgrade the operating system....

    The problem is easily overcome by following a small procedure

    1
    Simultaneously press the "windows" and "r" and digit services.msc

    2
    In the list of active services, find the entry for Windows Update and then right click. From the pulldown menu that appears click on Stop. (Alternatively click the right button, select Properties / Stop).

    3
    create a new folder in C: \ Windows, which we will call Old Updates. Inside, move all the files located in C: \ Windows \ SoftwareDistribution
    Therefore this directory will be empty



    4
    When you have done this, restart the Windows Update from the Start menu / All Programs and check for new updates by clicking Check for Updates

    5. Everything should work correctly. If not, you can always resort to using System Restore to a date before the problem
    If you have problems with updates of net framework just to do a restore with a date prior to the problem ...
    Last edited by zen67; 30th November 2009 at 18:28.

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    Thank you Zen67, very useful tips
    or you may use Repair & Fix Windows Updates with Fix WU Utility | The Windows Club

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    Another option is Microsoft Fixit: How do I reset Windows Update components?

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    The tip is shown above, reset the Windows Update and clear the downloaded CABs cache. To fix Windows Update components problem. Microsoft Update Fix it & Fix WU are only options.

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