What is a pending update?

Discussion in 'Windows Update' started by Kent W. England [MVP], Nov 18, 2003.

  1. 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
     
    Kent W. England [MVP], Nov 18, 2003
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  2. Kent W. England [MVP]

    Bob Guest

    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
     
    Bob, Nov 18, 2003
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  3. Kent W. England [MVP]

    Lucy [MS] Guest

    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
    >
    >
    >
     
    Lucy [MS], Nov 19, 2003
    #3
  4. 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]" <> 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
    > >
    > >
    > >

    >
    >
     
    Kent W. England [MVP], Nov 20, 2003
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  5. Kent W. England [MVP]

    Lucy [MS] Guest

    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]

    This posting is provided "AS IS" with no warranties, and confers no rights.


    "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]" <> 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
    > > >
    > > >
    > > >

    > >
    > >

    >
     
    Lucy [MS], Nov 20, 2003
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