Problems updating ms windows xp
I wouldn't normally explain to use a troubleshooting guide, but since you have the great fortune of a theory about the cause of your problem, the help I provide below is structured a bit differently than other tutorials I've created where you work through some other problem with a completely unknown cause. Even if you're 100% certain that an update from Microsoft caused the problem you're having, do me a favor and read it anyway.
If you spend the next hour or two trying to fix a problem using the wrong assumption about its cause, it's unlikely that you're going to walk away with a working computer.
Search for any error messages in the Microsoft Knowledge Base for more troubleshooting information. If you are using WSUS, verify that the client can connect to the WSUS server. If you are prompted to download the file, this means that the client can reach the WSUS server and it is not a connectivity issue. If you are not prompted to download the file, you might have a name resolution or connectivity issue, or WSUS is not config¬ured correctly.
Troubleshoot the problem further by identifying why the client cannot communicate with the WSUS server using HTTP. If you can reach the WSUS server, verify that the client is configured correctly.
Such clients are typically identified during software update audits.
Windows Update exists to keep Windows and other Microsoft software updated, usually with little intervention from us.
So I do a Remote Desktop session to the machine in question and run the process manually. I used to spend hours looking up ways to get around these errors. This process of switching from the newer method to the older one and then back again seems to fix a host of registry errors and other wastes of time.
I know something is really messed up when I get a 0x8024001D error or some other stupid hex number. At one time I liked Scott Hanselman's method of renaming the c:\windows\Software Distribution\Download to c:\windows\Software Distribution\ Click on "Disable Microsoft Update software and let me use Windows Update only" and then click on "Apply changes now." After the silly thing asks if you are sure (duh! It is simple and fast and has almost always worked for me.
Important: Please read the sections below before moving on to the troubleshooting steps!
To get your computer running again, you need to understand how this troubleshooting is organized, as well as make sure that your problem really was most likely caused by a Windows update.