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.
Click "Start," then "All Programs."
Open the "Accessories" folder, then select "Notepad."
Copy and paste the following into Notepad.regsvr32 /s wups.dllregsvr32 /s wups2.dllregsvr32 /s wuweb.dllregsvr32 /s wucltui.dllregsvr32 /s wuaueng1.dllregsvr32 /s wuaueng.dllregsvr32 /s wuapi.dllregsvr32 /s vbscript.dllregsvr32 /s sccrun.dllregsvr32 /s dispex.dllregsvr32 /s msscript.ocx
Click "File," then "Save As."
Change the location to "Desktop."
Change the "Save as type" to "All Files."
Type "UpdateFix.Cmd" in the "File Name" box.
Click the "Save" button.
Double click the file on your desktop. A command prompt (black box) will load on your screen and run these commands for you.
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).
References & Resources
- SS64: REGSVR32
- Microsoft: Download does not start after you accept the EULA on the Windows Update Web site
- Microsoft: You cannot install updates from Windows Update, Microsoft Update, or by using Automatic Update after a repair install of Windows XP or after you install Windows XP SP3 immediately after a clean install of Windows XP SP2
- MSDN Channel 9: Automatic Updates Service not working... I am out of ideas
- Microsoft Windows Update