TO all that have a problem with critical updates failing. I Have a fix that worked for me.

Discussion in 'Windows Update' started by TomG, Aug 16, 2003.

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    TomG Guest

    Our cable (COX) system has the wrong DNS for the downloads site.

    I added the following to the of my hosts file.
    NOT (hosts.sam)

    208.172.158.234 download.windowsupdate.com


    works on several systems so far.

    Let me know how it worked for you.

    Tom
     
    TomG, Aug 16, 2003
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    Jason Guest

    I have COX too, but I don't know where my hosts file is,
    if it isn't hosts.sam. I have Win98 SE.
     
    Jason, Aug 16, 2003
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    Linda Guest

    YES!!!!!

    Thanks very much. A direct result of MS changing its ip
    for the update service and not publishing it to their
    website so that the world would know where to look.

    How did you discover this?
     
    Linda, Aug 16, 2003
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    Jack Deth Guest

    Great job figuring that one out... I was figuring it was
    a server issue, and would have to wait an easy 48 hours
    for the correct server settings to propagate, but this
    quick fix worked instalty...

    am now dling my 27 needed updates :)

    Good Job...
     
    Jack Deth, Aug 17, 2003
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    Maurice N Guest

    It will not work forever. You should eventually remove that entry from your Hosts file. Windows Update has had a dymanic (read that changing) IP address for a long time. Do not count on that address being permanent.
     
    Maurice N, Aug 17, 2003
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    TomG Guest

    OK,,, COX outright refused to beleave the the problem was net related. Kept
    insisting it was Microsofts problem. Microsoft did about the same and directed
    me to this news group. Since both the reps at COX and Microsoft could get the
    upgates therefor there must not be a problem.. It must be my PC said both
    Co's..

    I am in Rhode Island and an IT consultant. I tried ot get the downloads on
    Cox(Cable), ChoiceOne (DSL) and Conversent (DSL). All with the same errors.

    My brother in CT. could get the updates so I had him send me the Windows
    Update.log and found that the site was download.windowsupdate.com. I tried to
    ping the site from RI and he did in CT. Mine failed his passed and provided an
    IP. I added it to my HOSTS file and

    Away we go........
     
    TomG, Aug 17, 2003
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    peter Guest

    thank you it solved my problem
     
    peter, Aug 17, 2003
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    linda Guest

    COX outright refused to beleave the the problem was net
    related. Kept insisting it was Microsofts problem.
    Microsoft did about the same and directed me to this news
    group.

    I sent Cox a note pointing them to this mb, but don't hold
    your breath. It's very likely the techies will shrug and
    figure that eventually the dns will update itself

    Why would DNS propagation take three and possibly more
    days? Either MS is changing the ip frequently - a very
    stong possibility - or Cox has misconfigured their routers
    and DNS servers.
     
    linda, Aug 17, 2003
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    kyle himel Guest

    Thank you thank you thank you!
     
    kyle himel, Aug 17, 2003
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    redpriest Guest

    We fixed the "glitch".

    It works.
     
    redpriest, Aug 17, 2003
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    Carl Hartman Guest

    Jason,

    Its in c:\windows probabley named hosts.sam - its a sample hosts file.
    Rename it to hosts (no extension) and add
    208.172.158.234 download.windowsupdate.com
    under the 127.0.0.1 localhost line and save it. Then it should work. That
    made it work for me.

    Carl
     
    Carl Hartman, Aug 18, 2003
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