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Windows XP SP2: Windows Update Doesn't Work

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April 22, 2005 3:53:27 AM

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Hello,

I was able to repair my Windows XP installation (see my posting earlier this
week), thank you all very much.

I was not able to properly slipstream the XP SP1 setup CD I had. For unknown
reasons, the CD I prepared a number of times was "invisible" - the files
there could not be read or even visible! Windows Explorer reported CD as
empty, but any CD burning software reported that there is no empty space
left there.

OK, back to the new problem in hand.

I was prepared to see some applications not working. Immediately after
logging in I installed SP2, and everything looked OK, however, some
applications refused to start (posting some never seen messages about bad
drivers, etc.). MS Office is dead. Antivirus software also dead. MS
Antispyware - in coma. SpyBot S&D, however, survived. OK, I can reinstall
the stuff, while it seems now like a major headache.

But the main problem is - the Windows Update doesn't work anymore!
IE displays the following text and stops:

"Checking for the latest version of the Windows Update software...
Depending on your connection speed, this might take a minute. During this
time, you may receive one or more security warnings. Review each security
warning to ensure that the content is signed by Microsoft, and then click
Install or Yes to install the software."

That's it. Nothing I tried could bring it back to life.

How to fix that? Is that possible to fix the whole Windows Installation,
bringing back all (or most, or some) broken application to life?

Thanks in advance,
DP

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April 22, 2005 3:56:01 AM

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Just to clarify - I had repaired my Windows SP2 installation with SP1 CD,
and after that all the problems described before have started.

DP

"DP" <no@email.com> wrote in message
news:G5mdnV3Gaoyk6PXfRVn-hQ@rogers.com...
> Hello,
>
> I was able to repair my Windows XP installation (see my posting earlier
> this week), thank you all very much.
>
> I was not able to properly slipstream the XP SP1 setup CD I had. For
> unknown reasons, the CD I prepared a number of times was "invisible" - the
> files there could not be read or even visible! Windows Explorer reported
> CD as empty, but any CD burning software reported that there is no empty
> space left there.
>
> OK, back to the new problem in hand.
>
> I was prepared to see some applications not working. Immediately after
> logging in I installed SP2, and everything looked OK, however, some
> applications refused to start (posting some never seen messages about bad
> drivers, etc.). MS Office is dead. Antivirus software also dead. MS
> Antispyware - in coma. SpyBot S&D, however, survived. OK, I can reinstall
> the stuff, while it seems now like a major headache.
>
> But the main problem is - the Windows Update doesn't work anymore!
> IE displays the following text and stops:
>
> "Checking for the latest version of the Windows Update software...
> Depending on your connection speed, this might take a minute. During this
> time, you may receive one or more security warnings. Review each security
> warning to ensure that the content is signed by Microsoft, and then click
> Install or Yes to install the software."
>
> That's it. Nothing I tried could bring it back to life.
>
> How to fix that? Is that possible to fix the whole Windows Installation,
> bringing back all (or most, or some) broken application to life?
>
> Thanks in advance,
> DP
>
>
>
>
>
April 22, 2005 11:51:48 AM

Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.help_and_support (More info?)

That would explain why. You've somehow corrupted the installation because
you "repaired" it with a lower version. I'm surprised it worked.
It's a great idea to slipstream your SP1 CD with SP2 using Autostreamer
(Google it) and a burn it to optical media using software such as Nero.
The solution would be to back up your files and folders and do a clean
format/installation, at least of SP1 and then take the updates from Windows
Update to SP2 plus the rest.

--
Peter
Toronto, Canada
XP Home SP2
P4 dual HT @ 3.0ghz, 1.0gb RAM, 160gb HD
"DP" <no@email.com> wrote in message
news:7IOdnYb3JLpO6PXfRVn-uA@rogers.com...
> Just to clarify - I had repaired my Windows SP2 installation with SP1 CD,
> and after that all the problems described before have started.
>
> DP
>
> "DP" <no@email.com> wrote in message
> news:G5mdnV3Gaoyk6PXfRVn-hQ@rogers.com...
>> Hello,
>>
>> I was able to repair my Windows XP installation (see my posting earlier
>> this week), thank you all very much.
>>
>> I was not able to properly slipstream the XP SP1 setup CD I had. For
>> unknown reasons, the CD I prepared a number of times was "invisible" -
>> the files there could not be read or even visible! Windows Explorer
>> reported CD as empty, but any CD burning software reported that there is
>> no empty space left there.
>>
>> OK, back to the new problem in hand.
>>
>> I was prepared to see some applications not working. Immediately after
>> logging in I installed SP2, and everything looked OK, however, some
>> applications refused to start (posting some never seen messages about bad
>> drivers, etc.). MS Office is dead. Antivirus software also dead. MS
>> Antispyware - in coma. SpyBot S&D, however, survived. OK, I can reinstall
>> the stuff, while it seems now like a major headache.
>>
>> But the main problem is - the Windows Update doesn't work anymore!
>> IE displays the following text and stops:
>>
>> "Checking for the latest version of the Windows Update software...
>> Depending on your connection speed, this might take a minute. During this
>> time, you may receive one or more security warnings. Review each security
>> warning to ensure that the content is signed by Microsoft, and then click
>> Install or Yes to install the software."
>>
>> That's it. Nothing I tried could bring it back to life.
>>
>> How to fix that? Is that possible to fix the whole Windows Installation,
>> bringing back all (or most, or some) broken application to life?
>>
>> Thanks in advance,
>> DP
>>
>>
>>
>>
>>
>
>
April 22, 2005 10:33:54 PM

Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.help_and_support (More info?)

I had the same problem. Try autoupdate on another profile with admin rights.
Seems the profile became corrupted. I created a new profile and the updater
worked fine. Just an idea!

Nik.

"Peter" <Peter at news.microsoft.com> wrote in message
news:uHCjqGzRFHA.3140@tk2msftngp13.phx.gbl...
> That would explain why. You've somehow corrupted the installation because
> you "repaired" it with a lower version. I'm surprised it worked.
> It's a great idea to slipstream your SP1 CD with SP2 using Autostreamer
> (Google it) and a burn it to optical media using software such as Nero.
> The solution would be to back up your files and folders and do a clean
> format/installation, at least of SP1 and then take the updates from
> Windows Update to SP2 plus the rest.
>
> --
> Peter
> Toronto, Canada
> XP Home SP2
> P4 dual HT @ 3.0ghz, 1.0gb RAM, 160gb HD
> "DP" <no@email.com> wrote in message
> news:7IOdnYb3JLpO6PXfRVn-uA@rogers.com...
>> Just to clarify - I had repaired my Windows SP2 installation with SP1 CD,
>> and after that all the problems described before have started.
>>
>> DP
>>
>> "DP" <no@email.com> wrote in message
>> news:G5mdnV3Gaoyk6PXfRVn-hQ@rogers.com...
>>> Hello,
>>>
>>> I was able to repair my Windows XP installation (see my posting earlier
>>> this week), thank you all very much.
>>>
>>> I was not able to properly slipstream the XP SP1 setup CD I had. For
>>> unknown reasons, the CD I prepared a number of times was "invisible" -
>>> the files there could not be read or even visible! Windows Explorer
>>> reported CD as empty, but any CD burning software reported that there is
>>> no empty space left there.
>>>
>>> OK, back to the new problem in hand.
>>>
>>> I was prepared to see some applications not working. Immediately after
>>> logging in I installed SP2, and everything looked OK, however, some
>>> applications refused to start (posting some never seen messages about
>>> bad drivers, etc.). MS Office is dead. Antivirus software also dead. MS
>>> Antispyware - in coma. SpyBot S&D, however, survived. OK, I can
>>> reinstall the stuff, while it seems now like a major headache.
>>>
>>> But the main problem is - the Windows Update doesn't work anymore!
>>> IE displays the following text and stops:
>>>
>>> "Checking for the latest version of the Windows Update software...
>>> Depending on your connection speed, this might take a minute. During
>>> this time, you may receive one or more security warnings. Review each
>>> security warning to ensure that the content is signed by Microsoft, and
>>> then click Install or Yes to install the software."
>>>
>>> That's it. Nothing I tried could bring it back to life.
>>>
>>> How to fix that? Is that possible to fix the whole Windows Installation,
>>> bringing back all (or most, or some) broken application to life?
>>>
>>> Thanks in advance,
>>> DP
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>
>>
>
>
!