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Update error 403

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March 14, 2010 10:55:19 AM

I can't update windows xp or IE8.

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March 15, 2010 3:31:48 AM

Hi Greenfield, I am working my way through the links your provided. I will post back shortly.
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March 15, 2010 6:47:41 AM

nothing worked. I was prevented by some of the fixes due to:
I cannot update as admin because xp asks me for password but there is none. i am user and admin on my machine. I cannot install latest windows update agent as it says it is already installed. is there a way to force install it? if so that will also help my sp3 and ie8 for i am sure i am missing dlls. launching update from command line did not work wuauclt.exe /resetauthorization /detectnow
hosts file I replaced and tried again but no luck. there are # entries for all sorts of servers, along with the bad websites, i guess that is ok? here are my microsoft sites
# [Microsoft via various]
# [Microsoft / MSN Ad Servers]
# [Microsoft][AS8075][ -]
# [Microsoft / aQuantive][AS8075]
# #[disabled affects MS downloads]
# [Microsoft / aQuantive / Accipiter]
# [Microsoft / aQuantive / Accipiter][ -]
# [Microsoft /aQuantive][ -]

please look at the one that affects ms updates. is this entry enabled or disabled?
the 403 access forbidden error does not come up all the time justv sometimes, but same denail of updates. th webiste acts like it is downloading and regisrering some update software but this is a loop that keeps going. i tried relaunching after that in case something needs to take effect but nothing. i even shut down and start up and try again. I've been at it for hours today and many days in the past 6 months. My windows is legal and I have even been validated and downloaded some microsoft freebies. but cant update. should uninstall IE8 and try for IE5 is this issue is affceting that I dont know. but i rather hget updates for safety sake. i feel the one article i read about sp3 being so large that it overwhelmed the installer and wiped out some things. i have received missing file notices and tried to replace them from downloads but to no avail. any help is much appreciated
March 15, 2010 4:31:56 PM

Hello: what about trying the following URL

403 - Forbidden: Access is denied.
You do not have permission to view this directory or page using the
credentials that you supplied.

The site of Windows Update produces an error 403
Windows Update

403:Forbidden:Access is denied = cannot update

Yesterday I was doing Microsoft updates just fine now today I'm getting error 403 forbidden access is denied.

403 - Forbidden: Access is denied.__You do not have permission to view this directory

Server Error 403-Forbidden: Access Denied
Windows Update

Server Error 403-Forbidden: Access Denied

403 - Forbidden: Access is denied

403 - Forbidden: Access is denied. Win XP Updates

403 - Forbidden: Access is denied. Win XP Updates

Error 403 "Access Denied/Forbidden

403 forbidden/access denied

Server Error 403-Forbidden: Access Denied in Windows Update

windows update:403- Forbidden: Access is denied

best of luck

March 16, 2010 3:35:10 PM

none of them worked. I wonder about uninstalling IE8 and going back to IE5 because I read this issue has affected IE8,7,& 6. Yet I have XP sp3 and I read you can't uninstall IE8 if you have sp3 so if I was to uninstall sp3 problem is I have no disk for this used computer I bought. Is there a way to 'force' install? I had done it once and dont know where i put my notes for the command line. I googled forcing install but tried the results and they did not work. any advises are appreciated
March 16, 2010 5:10:15 PM

Hello: Currently I'm using IE 7 + window XP pro & Sp3

But I'm Browsing the Internet all the time with Opera & I never
visited MS windows update to update & when the update is available
a small icon pop-up in my task bar & ask me whether I want to Install
the Update or not

my point is I don't know why you very concern about
Microsoft window update & IE8 also I'm not sure the
downgrade from IE 8 to IE5 will fix your issues with
MS window update

Finally If nothing work for you

do the following:

1) install windows 7

2) If you want to keep win XP then you can backup everything & start all over

3) use IE 7 instead of IE 8

4) Use Opera or Firefox or Google for browsing

Oh well :

Windows Update error 403 fix

Why you should not install Internet Explorer 8?

Uninstall SP3?

Force/Uninstall/Remove Internet Explorer 8?


How do I uninstall or remove Internet Explorer 8?

You cannot uninstall Internet Explorer 7 or Internet Explorer 8 after you install Windows XP Service Pack 3

How to uninstall Internet Explorer 8 (IE8) in Vista/XP

How to Uninstall IE8 in Windows XP and Windows Vista

How To Downgrade IE8 to IE7 or 6 in both XP and Vista?

How Do You Downgrade to Internet Explorer 7?

How to Downgrade to Internet Explorer 6?

best of luck...
March 16, 2010 7:25:47 PM

wow it is updating now. you are super hero.
i can't believe it, i mean i am relieved, it has been 6 months and i tried so many things, spent countless hours on many days researching and trying.

i will try opera. i never tried it. you are so kind for helping people
:bounce:  happy jumpy smart