What is a pending update?

Discussion in 'Windows Update' started by Kent W. England [MVP], Nov 18, 2003.

  1. I have a system that shows XP SP1 as "pending" in the installation
    history at the Windows Update site. What does "pending" mean? I've seen
    successful and failed installs, but never seen a pending install before.
    Does it mean that it is pending a reboot or the update is actually
    underway and not yet finished? What if this pending persists across a
    Kent W. England [MVP], Nov 18, 2003
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  2. Kent W. England [MVP]

    Bob Guest

    My guess is that it means it is pending a reboot. It
    could also mean that it is pending actual completion (how
    this could occur, I don't know). My best guess would be
    to reboot and if its still pending after reboot, then to
    try a reinstallation - if Windows Update gives you the
    choice to do a clean re-download and reinstall over top -
    and then if that doesn't happen, to manually reinstall
    the update via the Windows Update Catalog (after first
    uninstalling the update in Add or Remove Programs is
    absolutely necessary). There could be something else
    happening that I don't know about, so if none of that
    works, its out of my ballpark. Good luck!
    Bob, Nov 18, 2003
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  3. Kent W. England [MVP]

    Lucy [MS] Guest

    Hi Kent,

    The "pending" status is typical for exclusive updates (service packs, etc)
    that require additional installation process after the reboot (file
    renaming, registering, swapping, etc.) The Windows Update control cannot
    determine whether or not the update was indeed installed successfully since
    the process is not yet complete. Once the machine is rebooted and the
    process is complete the Windows Update control is no longer running
    therefore cannot verify the installation. After reboot if the update fails
    you will receive error messages indicating the installation error.

    Lucy [MS]

    This posting is provided "AS IS" with no warranties, and confers no rights.
    Lucy [MS], Nov 19, 2003
  4. After reboot, I received no error messages and the installation remains
    pending. Should I just remove the SP1a update and reinstall it? Note
    that I continued on after the SP1a update and installed all the
    subsequent critical updates. Should I remove those as well or can SP1a
    work around them? I haven't much experience doing updates out of

    Kent W. England, Microsoft MVP for Windows Security

    Kent W. England [MVP], Nov 20, 2003
  5. Kent W. England [MVP]

    Lucy [MS] Guest

    There's no need to uninstall the service pack. If you receive no error
    messages then the installation was successful. The service pack status will
    remain as "Pending" since Windows Update was unable to verify installation
    after reboot. After installing service packs, Windows Update may remove or
    add new critical updates to the list therefore I typically recommend
    installing service packs first then follow with all remaining critical

    Lucy [MS]

    This posting is provided "AS IS" with no warranties, and confers no rights.

    Lucy [MS], Nov 20, 2003
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