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planet

join:2001-11-05
Oz
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WU problems on XP

When I tried to update today, both of my pcs running XP HE sp3 and XP MCE sp3 gave site errors. Had to fix by running these commands:

cd %systemroot%
net stop wuauserv
ren SoftwareDistribution SoftwareDistribution.old
net start wuauserv

Worked on both PCs



siljaline
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MS FixIt has something for that - but you knew that
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norwegian
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reply to planet

Corrupt download file?


planet

join:2001-11-05
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reply to siljaline
I ran the FixIt first on XP MCE but it still was displaying the site error. I ran the commands and it worked. On XP HE the FixIt wouldn't run w/o installing NetFramework 2. So I gave it a shot without the fixit and it worked by running just the commands.


planet

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reply to norwegian
said by norwegian:

Corrupt download file?

Dunno. Something amiss in the software distribution folders. I noticed after I renamed them to old that the site was back to windows update the first run. Thereafter, it was back to microsoft update.


StuartMW
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I'd do a filesystem check (e.g. CHKDSK /F) and an offline virus scan.

Perhaps ASIO has installed a rootkit
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siljaline
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reply to planet
Those commands sound about right, I used to use those but got lazy when the MS FixIt's came along.

Some MS KB's now immediately offer a FixIt in lieu.


justlurking

@centurytel.net
reply to planet
I had the same issue with the recent slew of updates.


finnanon22

@dnainternet.fi
reply to planet

WUFix.bat

Copy & paste to textfile, save as wufix.bat and run with administratrive permissions. Reboot, and windowsupdate/Microsoftupdate will be ok.

»pastebin.com/rNUKdNb1

You can propably find the same from net with Google "wufix.bat" or similiar.


jaykaykay
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reply to siljaline

Re: WU problems on XP

said by siljaline:

Those commands sound about right, I used to use those but got lazy when the MS FixIt's came along.

Some MS KB's now immediately offer a FixIt in lieu.

I forgot about that link and just put a shortcut to it on my system. Thanks for the reminder. It's always a good place to start.


siljaline
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1 recommendation

You're welcome ! The FixIt's offer simple solutions to complex problems such as WU.


TheJoker
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reply to planet
I think this is a larger Windows Update issue (and not limited to XP). If you Google for Windows Update error 8024800a, there are a lot of recent topics on this. It's happened to both of my system, and restoring from image even back prior to the last times I successfully ran WU, it still fails, so it doesn't appear to be a system error, and the MS FixIt doesn't work. There are fixes, which includes deleting or renaming the software distribution folder, but all the fixes I've seen so far that work, to include utilities such as tweaking.com's all in one windows repair, lose the prior update history.
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