Server Error 403-Forbidden: Access Denied

Discussion in 'Windows Update' started by E. (Izzy) Schultz, Dec 11, 2009.

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    Eyrle Guest

    Eyrle, Dec 11, 2009
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    Nexor Guest

    Ditto. Didn't happen till yesterday around the same time. Never had this
    problem. until yesterday, and have been updating on a bi-weekly basis

    Nexor, Dec 11, 2009
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    RapidTaco Guest

    If you update to the new version and it does not work roll back to an old
    version (i used 5.4.3790.2182) and when you go back to update website it will
    update the windows update files (including the wuweb.dll)

    RapidTaco, Dec 11, 2009
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    tedunn Guest

    Ok, I checked the .dll on a brand new out of the box PC that I am setting up
    for a client. It is the correct version as stated in this thread, but I
    still got the 403 error. I did run the update exe file and at least got to
    the update site so I could run the WGAVT so I'm keeping my fingers crossed.

    Seems Bill and the boys (and girls) in Redmond can't stand success. Great
    launch of 7 and now we're right back to the way things used to be....

    tedunn, Dec 11, 2009
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    Ernie Guest

    Ernie, Dec 11, 2009
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    Bill Swallow Guest

    I started getting that error last evening whilst patching my servers. I see
    that other people have posted fixes here. My solution was a bit different.
    In the left hand side of the browser window, I clicked 'Change Settings'.
    Then I clicked the box in the new right-hand pane for 'Remove Microsoft
    Update' and then 'Apply my settings now'. That ripped out Microsoft Update
    and returned me to using 'Windows Update'. I launched Windows Update (it
    wanted me to install something, I said 'Yes'), and then was back at the old
    familiar 'Windows Update' screen - with the link to install 'Microsoft
    Update'. I reinstalled it, and it's been working fine.

    Incidentally, this started (for me) sometime around midnight last night
    whilst, as I said, I was in the middle of patching 72 servers.
    Interestingly, none of the 30 servers I patched before the incident started
    showed this error. Every one I hit after the first occurrence - every last
    one- showed that same '403' error. After reloading / relinking to Microsoft
    Update, it seems to be remaining stable. Going back into Microsoft Update on
    a 'repaired' server does not get the 403 error again.
    Bill Swallow, Dec 11, 2009
  7. This was caused by a bad DNS record that prevented older clients from being
    able to resolve to the correct address to SelfUpdate ( Upgrade to the
    latest Update client. )
    This has been fixed, but it will take a while to propagate to all DNS
    The newer clients use a different url, so they are not affected. This is
    why updating the client manually avoids the problem.
    The links to the latest clients are at:

    Eddie Bowers [MSFT], Dec 12, 2009
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    Aug 26, 2011
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    I know this is an old thread but I wanted to chime in because the solution here did not help me.

    I had this error on SBS 2003. When installing the Windows Update 3.0 Client it would fail with install failed 0x80070020 error. This is also the error code I would receive at the Windows Updates site when trying to scan for updates. Examining the WindowsUpdate.log file in C:\WINDOWS showed this recent error- Error 0x80070020 preparing file C:\WINDOWS\system32\wups2.dll

    I renamed C:\Windows\System32\wups2.dll to wups2.dll.old then copied wups2.dll from a different 2003 server to C:\Windows\System32 and went back to Windows Update site and everything was working.

    I hope this can be of use to someone in the future!

    techmi27, Aug 26, 2011
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