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Kent W. England [MVP]
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      11-18-2003
I have a system that shows XP SP1 as "pending" in the installation
history at the Windows Update site. What does "pending" mean? I've seen
successful and failed installs, but never seen a pending install before.
Does it mean that it is pending a reboot or the update is actually
underway and not yet finished? What if this pending persists across a
reboot?

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Bob
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      11-18-2003
My guess is that it means it is pending a reboot. It
could also mean that it is pending actual completion (how
this could occur, I don't know). My best guess would be
to reboot and if its still pending after reboot, then to
try a reinstallation - if Windows Update gives you the
choice to do a clean re-download and reinstall over top -
and then if that doesn't happen, to manually reinstall
the update via the Windows Update Catalog (after first
uninstalling the update in Add or Remove Programs is
absolutely necessary). There could be something else
happening that I don't know about, so if none of that
works, its out of my ballpark. Good luck!



>-----Original Message-----
>I have a system that shows XP SP1 as "pending" in the

installation
>history at the Windows Update site. What does "pending"

mean? I've seen
>successful and failed installs, but never seen a pending

install before.
>Does it mean that it is pending a reboot or the update

is actually
>underway and not yet finished? What if this pending

persists across a
>reboot?
>
>--
>Kent W. England, Microsoft MVP for Windows Security

 
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Lucy [MS]
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      11-19-2003
Hi Kent,


The "pending" status is typical for exclusive updates (service packs, etc)
that require additional installation process after the reboot (file
renaming, registering, swapping, etc.) The Windows Update control cannot
determine whether or not the update was indeed installed successfully since
the process is not yet complete. Once the machine is rebooted and the
process is complete the Windows Update control is no longer running
therefore cannot verify the installation. After reboot if the update fails
you will receive error messages indicating the installation error.



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"Kent W. England [MVP]" <> wrote in message
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> I have a system that shows XP SP1 as "pending" in the installation
> history at the Windows Update site. What does "pending" mean? I've seen
> successful and failed installs, but never seen a pending install before.
> Does it mean that it is pending a reboot or the update is actually
> underway and not yet finished? What if this pending persists across a
> reboot?
>
> --
> Kent W. England, Microsoft MVP for Windows Security
>
>
>



 
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Kent W. England [MVP]
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      11-20-2003
After reboot, I received no error messages and the installation remains
pending. Should I just remove the SP1a update and reinstall it? Note
that I continued on after the SP1a update and installed all the
subsequent critical updates. Should I remove those as well or can SP1a
work around them? I haven't much experience doing updates out of
sequence.

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Kent W. England, Microsoft MVP for Windows Security



"Lucy [MS]" <a-> wrote in message
news:...
> Hi Kent,
>
>
> The "pending" status is typical for exclusive updates (service packs,

etc)
> that require additional installation process after the reboot (file
> renaming, registering, swapping, etc.) The Windows Update control

cannot
> determine whether or not the update was indeed installed successfully

since
> the process is not yet complete. Once the machine is rebooted and the
> process is complete the Windows Update control is no longer running
> therefore cannot verify the installation. After reboot if the update

fails
> you will receive error messages indicating the installation error.
>
>
>
> Thanks,
> Lucy [MS]
>
> This posting is provided "AS IS" with no warranties, and confers no

rights.
>
>
> "Kent W. England [MVP]" <> wrote in message
> news:...
> > I have a system that shows XP SP1 as "pending" in the installation
> > history at the Windows Update site. What does "pending" mean? I've

seen
> > successful and failed installs, but never seen a pending install

before.
> > Does it mean that it is pending a reboot or the update is actually
> > underway and not yet finished? What if this pending persists across

a
> > reboot?
> >
> > --
> > Kent W. England, Microsoft MVP for Windows Security
> >
> >
> >

>
>


 
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Lucy [MS]
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      11-20-2003
There's no need to uninstall the service pack. If you receive no error
messages then the installation was successful. The service pack status will
remain as "Pending" since Windows Update was unable to verify installation
after reboot. After installing service packs, Windows Update may remove or
add new critical updates to the list therefore I typically recommend
installing service packs first then follow with all remaining critical
updates.


Thanks,
Lucy [MS]

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"Kent W. England [MVP]" <> wrote in message
news:...
> After reboot, I received no error messages and the installation remains
> pending. Should I just remove the SP1a update and reinstall it? Note
> that I continued on after the SP1a update and installed all the
> subsequent critical updates. Should I remove those as well or can SP1a
> work around them? I haven't much experience doing updates out of
> sequence.
>
> --
> Kent W. England, Microsoft MVP for Windows Security
>
>
>
> "Lucy [MS]" <a-> wrote in message
> news:...
> > Hi Kent,
> >
> >
> > The "pending" status is typical for exclusive updates (service packs,

> etc)
> > that require additional installation process after the reboot (file
> > renaming, registering, swapping, etc.) The Windows Update control

> cannot
> > determine whether or not the update was indeed installed successfully

> since
> > the process is not yet complete. Once the machine is rebooted and the
> > process is complete the Windows Update control is no longer running
> > therefore cannot verify the installation. After reboot if the update

> fails
> > you will receive error messages indicating the installation error.
> >
> >
> >
> > Thanks,
> > Lucy [MS]
> >
> > This posting is provided "AS IS" with no warranties, and confers no

> rights.
> >
> >
> > "Kent W. England [MVP]" <> wrote in message
> > news:...
> > > I have a system that shows XP SP1 as "pending" in the installation
> > > history at the Windows Update site. What does "pending" mean? I've

> seen
> > > successful and failed installs, but never seen a pending install

> before.
> > > Does it mean that it is pending a reboot or the update is actually
> > > underway and not yet finished? What if this pending persists across

> a
> > > reboot?
> > >
> > > --
> > > Kent W. England, Microsoft MVP for Windows Security
> > >
> > >
> > >

> >
> >

>



 
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