Can't install Vista SP2

Discussion in 'Windows Vista Performance' started by Charles W Davis, Nov 9, 2009.

  1. Club member's computer. Windows Vista Home Premium 32-Bit. When I first
    picked it up, no shortcut link to a program would work. I drilled down to
    the executible files; winword.exe, excel.exe, iexplore.exe and then double
    click. The error message went something like this: "This file does not have
    a program associated with it from performing this action. Create an
    association in the Set Associtation Control Panel." There was no way to
    "restore to a previous... No dice. After a post or search, I came across
    this page:
    http://www.winhelponline.com/articles/105/1/File-association-fixes-for-Windows-Vista.html

    With a start up disk, was able to solve that problem.

    Disk Cleanup removed 2.45MB. Uninstalled Trend Micro (subscription had
    expired a year ago!) Installed and updated AVG 9 Free ran a complete scan -
    nothing. I installed Malwarebytes and it found one insignificant cookie. I
    went to Windows Update, the first update offered was Service Pack 1. It
    installed. I downloaded and attempted to install Service Pack 2. Error
    0x8004100a with a link to a web page that offered several means of
    installing the service pack; Windows Update -- found a few insignificant
    updates, download the SP2 installation file which I had already done, so I
    did it again. No dice.

    Any suggestions would be appreciated.
     
    Charles W Davis, Nov 9, 2009
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  2. Charles W Davis

    DL Guest

    Ensure an hardware drivers are updated from makers sites or PC maker if
    large OEM, eg Dell / HP or Laptop
     
    DL, Nov 9, 2009
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  3. DL,

    The computer tower is in my office away from the usual devices that require
    drivers. It's a Gateway GM54200 desktop. What kinds of drivers should I look
    for?
     
    Charles W Davis, Nov 9, 2009
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  4. On start up, a message says that a driver was not installed by a Policy. It
    is called "WinDriver Virtual Device"
     
    Charles W Davis, Nov 9, 2009
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  5. All drivers are up to date...
     
    Charles W Davis, Nov 9, 2009
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  6. Charles W Davis

    DL Guest

    You would obtain drivers from Gateway specific to your model
    Chipset, vid, sound, lan etc
     
    DL, Nov 9, 2009
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  7. Charles W Davis

    DL Guest

    There are many possibilities;
    Typically software the emulates a cd/dvd drive might install such a device

    A misbehaving driver may well prevent an sp from being installed.
    Perhaps a careful examination of Add/Remove might reveal something
     
    DL, Nov 9, 2009
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  8. Charles W Davis

    Flavius Guest

    Follow to below article to resolve issue:'Error message when you try t
    install updates in Windows Vista, and the installation may fail&#58
    "WBEM_E_CRITICAL_ERROR (0x8004100A)"
    (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/952577
     
    Flavius, Nov 11, 2009
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