Vista Service Pack 1 - stand alone version

Discussion in 'Windows Update' started by gareth, Mar 22, 2008.

  1. gareth

    gareth Guest

    Why is microsoft advising against downloading the stand alone version?

    My windows update hasn't worked for about 9 months now (80004002 - see
    various other threads) and so I cannot possibly get any updates unless
    they're stand alone versions yet you're not advised to download the stand
    alone version.

    My choice is:
    1. continue with no updates, no SP1 and so forth for an indefinite period
    (probebly for the life of the PC) until it no longer works at all (it already
    crashes about once every half hour)
    2. download the stand alone version, hope that fixes windows update but risk
    PC meltdown

    thoughts?!?!

    and why on earth can't we have the old style windows update back? the one
    where you downloaded rather than auto-scanned for things?
     
    gareth, Mar 22, 2008
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    John E Guest


    It's because the auto update scans for languages installed and for drivers
    which currently do not support SP1. If you know for certain that you only
    have one of the supported languages (and have not inadvertently installed
    some of the others) and you know for certain that you don't have any of the
    dodgy drivers, or any of the other 6 reasons why SP1 will not install (e.g.
    you have blocked it, or you have a beta version installed etc) then you are
    good to go with the manual version.

    John
     
    John E, Mar 22, 2008
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    TaurArian Guest

    Have you ever contacted MS about your 80004002 error?

    Start a free Windows Update support incident request:
    https://support.microsoft.com/oas/default.aspx?gprid=6527

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    | Why is microsoft advising against downloading the stand alone version?
    |
    | My windows update hasn't worked for about 9 months now (80004002 - see
    | various other threads) and so I cannot possibly get any updates unless
    | they're stand alone versions yet you're not advised to download the stand
    | alone version.
    |
    | My choice is:
    | 1. continue with no updates, no SP1 and so forth for an indefinite period
    | (probebly for the life of the PC) until it no longer works at all (it already
    | crashes about once every half hour)
    | 2. download the stand alone version, hope that fixes windows update but risk
    | PC meltdown
    |
    | thoughts?!?!
    |
    | and why on earth can't we have the old style windows update back? the one
    | where you downloaded rather than auto-scanned for things?
     
    TaurArian, Mar 22, 2008
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