After SP3 no other updates load succesfully

Discussion in 'Windows Update' started by schaghticoke.jim, Sep 11, 2008.

  1. reinstalled XP after formatting drive and after loading SP3 no other
    updates will run successfully. They download but fail to load. I get
    no other error messages etc.

    anyone else have this problem?
    schaghticoke.jim, Sep 11, 2008
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  2. (*note* - you probably did not reboot just before applying SP3.)

    Tried using a search engine (Google, etc) to look for others with similar

    I only ask because the usual solution to what you seem to have in the way of
    an issue is posted several times a week (day maybe?) throughout the internet
    in newsgroups like this one (probably mostly in this one and propogated all
    over the world.) Perhaps - in the future - you could use something like
    Google to speed up your solution-finding-missions. ;-) Just a suggestion.

    First thing to try:
    As many will tell you - ignore the title and symptoms listed in the article
    referred to. Do method 1 and 2 and see if it fixes your issue whether or
    not you repaired anything.
    Try method 1 and try to update*.
    If fails - try method 2 and try to update*.

    *try to update:
    - Visit
    - If it asks you to install anything before you see a selection of "Custom"
    or "Express" - do so.
    - Once you see the "Custom" or "Express" selection, choose "Custom".
    - Scan for updates.
    - When it lists what it finds - install the critical ones.
    - You are generally safe doing the Optional Software Updates. I suggest
    avoiding the Optional Hardware Updates completely.

    ** Second thing to try:
    ** Temporarily down (??) for internal audit. Skip this fix for now. I will
    leave the link in case it comes back up.

    Third thing to try:
    Get Dial-a-Fix:

    Use its options to fix:
    - Windows Installer
    - Windows Update
    - All the Registration Center options.

    Turn off the "Empty System32\Catroot 2"
    Do NOT do "Flush SoftwareDistribution".

    Then click "GO" and wait until it is done... Reboot will be needed.

    - Download/Install Windows Update v3.
    (You *may* need to install it using the command line switch "/wuforce"
    right after the reboot - immediately after logging in.)

    - Reboot.
    - Visit and scan for/install updates.

    Usually - method one from the first suggestion fixes the issue.
    Sometimes they have to proceed to method two from the first suggestion.

    Less seldom - but it does happen - only the tool from the second suggestion
    will work - although the first suggestion is contained within the second in
    many ways (as well as some of the third.)

    And the third suggestion is there because before there was a suggestion (1)
    and a suggestion (2) - the third was the best bet and worked in most cases.
    Shenan Stanley, Sep 11, 2008
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  3. deinstalled SP3
    Went back to update site and bypassed the SP3 prompt (it takes you
    there automatically) and selected the button below that says somethign
    to the effect "examine other updates".
    Loaded the 125 updates outlined
    downloaded and installed the additional updates
    downloaded and installed the additional updates
    then loaded SP3
    there was one more update after that and it loaded OK.

    Installing Office 07 right now and it all appears to be working.

    it appears that one of the updates was needed 1st before SP3.

    Thanks for all your help I have copied the links for future reference.
    schaghticoke.jim, Sep 11, 2008
  4. Shenan linked you to the KB article that describes the resolution for
    updates not installing after the application of XP SP3.
    One needs to register wups2.dll from a Command Prompt or, download and
    install the latest Version of the Windows Update Agent, Method 2.

    MowGreen [MVP 2003-2008]
    *-343-* FDNY
    Never Forgotten
    MowGreen [MVP], Sep 11, 2008
  5. schaghticoke.jim

    RHall918 Guest

    I followed both recommendations twice with no success. I then downloaded the
    SP3 ISO from

    burned it to a disk and reinstalled it. After installation there were 17
    updates that I had not seen before.

    Richard Hall

    RHall918, Sep 14, 2008
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