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Windows Update on XP SP2 - ALWAYS 0x8024400A

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  • Reinstalled the OS on a tower running XP Media Center.  After installing the ethernet driver I clicked on Windows Update.  It always aborts with the above code, and I can't use Microsoft Assisted Support (the Fix-It tool) since I don't have SP3 on the PC (which is of course one of the things I'm trying to do by running Windows Update - a bit of a Catch-22 scenario if you ask me).  The MS webpage with the stand-alone SP3 download indicates in bold letters that it should not be downloaded for just one PC, and suggests I use auto updates, which are already turned on but are not updating when I shut down the PC.


    Scott H Bowman

    Monday, July 16, 2012 4:11 PM

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  • Since your Windows Update is not working fine, I suggest you to download the full Windows XP Service Pack 3 installation package (http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=24) and to install it manually by running the installation program as Administrator. After the installation completes, run again Windows Update.
    If Windows Update fails again, try using the automatic troubleshooter that you can find at http://support.microsoft.com/mats/windows_update/en-us.

    Bye.


    Luigi Bruno

    Saturday, July 21, 2012 9:44 PM
  • While waiting for a response (Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz...) I already downloaded the SP3 package I referenced above, and installed it on just one PC.  Despite the dire warning, it worked just fine.  Another bit of useless alarm from MS.

    Scott H Bowman

    Sunday, July 22, 2012 5:41 PM
  • I always prefer to download the full installation package for a Service Pack and run it from my PC rather than waiting for it to be download and executed via Windows Update.
    That's not a warning but a suggestion; anyway, in my opinion you've made the right choice.

    Bye.


    Luigi Bruno

    Sunday, July 22, 2012 6:42 PM