Windows XP Won't Update

Occasionally, some users may have issues downloading updates for Microsoft Windows XP. If you can rule out Internet connectivity problems, it's most likely the result of an error in one of the components used in the update process. You can resolve this issue through re-registration of all the necessary Windows Update components. You can even create a command file to automate the process.

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Re-registering Windows Update components will usually resolve update failures.

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Click “Start,” then “All Programs.”

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Open the “Accessories” folder, then select “Notepad.”

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Copy and paste the following into Notepad.

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regsvr32 /s wups.dll regsvr32 /s wups2.dll regsvr32 /s wuweb.dll regsvr32 /s wucltui.dll regsvr32 /s wuaueng1.dll regsvr32 /s wuaueng.dll regsvr32 /s wuapi.dll regsvr32 /s vbscript.dll regsvr32 /s sccrun.dll regsvr32 /s dispex.dll regsvr32 /s msscript.ocx

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Click “File,” then “Save As.”

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Change the location to “Desktop.”

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Change the “Save as type” to “All Files.”

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Type “UpdateFix.Cmd” in the “File Name” box.

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Click the “Save” button.

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Double click the file on your desktop. A command prompt (black box) will load on your screen and run these commands for you.

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Perform an update by clicking on "Start," then "All Programs," and clicking "Windows Update." You can also perform an update by visiting the Windows update website (see Resources).