Initializing installation... forever!

Discussion in 'Windows Update' started by Graham Love, Oct 14, 2004.

  1. Graham Love

    Graham Love Guest

    Hi All,

    I have recetly upgraded to xpsp2, and since then I have been unable to
    use Windows Update.

    When I go to use this the downloads are ok, but it hangs at
    'initializing installation...' and site there until I kill it using task

    I have checked my windowsupdate.log file and there is nothing obvious in

    Does anybody know what is happening - and is there a fix?


    Graham Love, Oct 14, 2004
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    Dan C Guest

    Dan C, Oct 14, 2004
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    PeterB Guest

    I have the same problem. This happens regardless if I use Automatic Updates
    or manually go to Windows Updates homepage.

    This actually started before SP2 was installed but when WU started to
    download it (atleast I think it was trying to download SP2). The WU icon in
    the status bar showed "Downloading updates 0% progress" for a long time. To
    solve this I first went to WU homepage and downloaded SP2 using WU. The
    download now worked (I think), but when the installation phase started
    Iencountered the "Initializing installation."-problem for the first time.

    I then manually downloaded SP2 and installed it without problem. But now I
    get the "Initializing installation"-freeze for all WU updates...

    I tried to renamed SoftwareDistributions directory to force a rebuild of the
    datastore, but no luck..

    I have a Dell Dimension 8400, 3,2GHz with 1GB RAM.

    Another malfunction I have noticed after installing XP SP2 is that opening
    Properties for My Computer (or going via Control Panel and double clicking
    System) takes anything from a few seconds to 10-15mins..?!?

    Any help here is greatly appreciated!

    / Peter
    PeterB, Oct 15, 2004
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