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  • I just installed a NEW windows XP Pro on a NEW system.  Everything is fine except when I run windows update automatically or manually, it searches forever.
    Wednesday, October 23, 2013 2:53 PM

Answers

    • Click Start > Run, type services.msc, and then click
      OK
    • Right-click the Automatic Updates service, and then click Stop
    • Click Start > Run, type cmd, and then click OK
    • Type cd %windir%, and then press [Enter]
    • Type ren SoftwareDistribution SDTemp, and then press [Enter]
    • Type exit, and then press [Enter]
    • In services.msc, Right-click the Automatic Updates service,
      and then click Start

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    Thursday, October 24, 2013 4:49 AM
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  • ... I just installed a NEW windows XP Pro on a NEW system.  Everything is fine except when I run windows update automatically or manually, it searches forever...

    Hi,

        

    I have just created a Windows XP Pro Virtual machine on a Windows 7 system.

        

    Yes, you are correct. The Windows update seems to search forever. It takes close to 2 hours before the Windows Update refresh the list. It looks like it will take several more hours to download and install the 126 updates... 

        

    Perhaps you may wish to start the Windows Update 2-3 hours prior to bedtime, and start the download and let it update overnight.

        

    Hope that helps.

        

    Cheers, 


    Tas Chew

    Sunday, October 27, 2013 11:54 AM
  • I just installed a NEW windows XP Pro on a NEW system.  Everything is fine except when I run windows update automatically or manually, it searches forever.
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  • What does Windows update log file say?

    Is it updating via SCCM/WSUS or directly via Internet?


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    Wednesday, October 23, 2013 3:04 PM
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  • I am updating via the internet.

    The last 4 lines in the log file are:

    Misc ===========  Logging initialized (build: 7.6.7600.256, tz: -0400)  ===========
    Misc   = Process: C:\WINDOWS\system32\wuauclt.exe
    Misc   = Module: C:\WINDOWS\system32\wuaueng.dll

    DtaStor WARNING: Attempted to add URL htt
    p://download.windowsupdate.com/msdownload/update/software/svpk/2009/05/2723074_92cee4ae7516c5fdcbded83a9d154597dd84d219.cab for file ks7krnUWxf3L3tg6nRVFl92E0hk= when file has not been previously added to the datastore

    Wednesday, October 23, 2013 5:02 PM
    • Click Start > Run, type services.msc, and then click
      OK
    • Right-click the Automatic Updates service, and then click Stop
    • Click Start > Run, type cmd, and then click OK
    • Type cd %windir%, and then press [Enter]
    • Type ren SoftwareDistribution SDTemp, and then press [Enter]
    • Type exit, and then press [Enter]
    • In services.msc, Right-click the Automatic Updates service,
      and then click Start

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    Thursday, October 24, 2013 4:49 AM
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  • Thank you for your reply!  I performed the steps and I still can not update.  After two hours I had to CTL-ALT-DEL to close the update window.  These are the last few lines of my log file now.  (I had to break up a few links to allow posting)

    PT   + ServiceId = {9482F4B4-E343-43B6-B170-9A65BC822C77}, Server URL = h ttps://update.microsoft.com/v6/ClientWebService/client.asmx
    Misc Validating signature for C:\WINDOWS\SoftwareDistribution\WuRedir\9482F4B4-E343-43B6-B170-9A65BC822C77\muv4wuredir.cab:
    Misc  Microsoft signed: Yes
    Misc Validating signature for C:\WINDOWS\SoftwareDistribution\WuRedir\9482F4B4-E343-43B6-B170-9A65BC822C77\muv4wuredir.cab:
    Misc  Microsoft signed: Yes
    PT +++++++++++  PT: Synchronizing extended update info  +++++++++++
    PT   + ServiceId = {9482F4B4-E343-43B6-B170-9A65BC822C77}, Server URL = htt ps://update.microsoft.com/v6/ClientWebService/client.asmx
    DtaStor WARNING: Attempted to add URL htt p://download.windowsupdate.com/msdownload/update/software/svpk/2009/05/2723074_92cee4ae7516c5fdcbded83a9d154597dd84d219.cab for file ks7krnUWxf3L3tg6nRVFl92E0hk= when file has not been previously added to the datastore
    COMAPI -------------
    COMAPI -- START --  COMAPI: Search [ClientId = WindowsUpdate]
    COMAPI ---------
    COMAPI <<-- SUBMITTED -- COMAPI: Search [ClientId = WindowsUpdate]

    Thursday, October 24, 2013 4:59 PM
  • Can you post the KB for this patch? Which the system is trying to download?

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    Friday, October 25, 2013 4:29 AM
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  • ... I just installed a NEW windows XP Pro on a NEW system.  Everything is fine except when I run windows update automatically or manually, it searches forever...

    Hi,

        

    I have just created a Windows XP Pro Virtual machine on a Windows 7 system.

        

    Yes, you are correct. The Windows update seems to search forever. It takes close to 2 hours before the Windows Update refresh the list. It looks like it will take several more hours to download and install the 126 updates... 

        

    Perhaps you may wish to start the Windows Update 2-3 hours prior to bedtime, and start the download and let it update overnight.

        

    Hope that helps.

        

    Cheers, 


    Tas Chew

    Sunday, October 27, 2013 11:54 AM
  • OK, I ran the update overnight.  It took over 15 hours to respond with just the update list!  Now I am installing the updates.  At this rate it will be a week to update!  Currently it has hung up for 3 hours on the ironically named, "Windows Genuine Advantage Notification" update...  So is Microsoft purposely throttling back bandwidth on the XP updates?  I understand the push for Windows 8 but this is ridiculous.  These XP updates have been getting longer recently, but this is unbelievable.  Even the 2 hours you mentioned is beyond reason (even for a virtual machine), just to produce an update list. 
    Wednesday, October 30, 2013 6:40 PM
  • OK just to follow up.  The rest of the updates completed quickly after the 3 hour "Windows Genuine Advantage Notification" update.  I rebooted and ran the update again.  23 more needed but it took all of 5 minutes to produce the list.  So I guess I am good.  Weird eh?  Thanks for your help.
    Wednesday, October 30, 2013 8:04 PM