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Does Vista download updates during its installation?

Q: Does Vista download updates during its installation?

Hello all, I have always wondered if Vista's setup downloads any patches or updates during its installation process? Or does it need access to the internet for any reason? I have always installed Vista connected to the LAN , just in case.. Any ideas?

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A: Does Vista download updates during its installation?

Vista installs as is, then updates itself.
The reason for this is because Vista would need a stable OS to perform updates, this can only be accomplished once it is installed.

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Hi. I have Windows Vista Home Premium 64-bit OEM (with free Windows 7 upgrade). I want to reformat the computer. After installing Vista, do I need to download Vista updates, before installing Windows 7?

Or just immediately install Windows 7 after Vista?

Also, how often do you do a fresh install (reformat)?

Thank you

A:Vista to 7 upgrade (download Vista updates?)

I never heard of anyone having to update Vista first.

Assuming you have the Windows 7 disk, you don't even need to have Vista installed at all.

If you are lucky, you will never have to do another fresh install. Good maintenance is the way to avoid having to do that.

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This problem started Feb 13, 2008. Since then there have been many updates that just will not download. The odd thing is, there have been some listed as Optional and even a few listed as Important since then that have been able to download.

I googled it a bit and found that date/time can throw it off. I updated it and changed the server from which the date and time updates are received - still no change.

What should I do now?

A:Cannot download updates for Vista

Have you tried downloading the updates manually via the Microsoft website?
I.e. find the update in windows update, then google it, and a link should be shown to it on the Microsoft site. Try downloading it that way.
Also, have you got Vista servicepack 2? I had a problem where that had to be downloaded first, which then 'unlocked' other updates.

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Hi Guys, Windows 7 security updates does not download, if showing N number of updates, it won't
download and the downloading shows life forever.\<o:p></o:p>
This problem has found in Windows 7 Ent and Windows
7 Ent SP1 in clean formatted PC with windows Activated and Domain not joined. Tried on several PCs and either it won't ever start or it will be showing 112 or 114 updates but it won?t ever download. Domain joined PCs have different
story, because GP options are enforced. There is no WSUS or patch management software yet on network. <o:p></o:p>
I am purely looking for an answer for this problem of Windows Update either not initiating at all if ever it is showing number of updates to be installed,
it never them downloaded and downloading screen with 0% activity is running forever. Please share any experiences and solutions. If there is a KB about it please refer. <o:p></o:p>
Any or all help is appreciated. Regards.<o:p></o:p>


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Hello All,

I have this issue were I get the message "windows cannot update".

I spoke with Microsoft Windows support, they couldnt fix it, even with remote access.

I spoke to HP, the manufacturer, they couldnt fix it, even with remote access.

They both said I had to reinstall with "Image setup", It didnt come with disks, just the Image setup file?

I bought it new about a year or so ago, its "dual core processor" 500 Gb hard drive, 4gigs ram etc.

I find it hard believe, that it can't be "reset", (adjust the settings) without reinstall.

I dont want to loose all marketing the data etc., I have on the HD

Any suggestion, anyone heard or dealt with something like this?, any ideas?

would appreciate some advice, and direction


A:Widows Vista Cannot Download Updates

1) Does your Vista have SP2 installed?
2)Try these links:


And as for a possibility that you might have been by baddies, I will leave that those who are Qualified for these matters.

Good luck

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Hey, Does anybody know whats goin on here. When i go to download updates in vista. It says there aren't any available. I have ultimate and i didn't get the new updates they just came out with, i got them on my other computer. It just says there is nothing new available, no error message.

A:Vista wont download updates, none available

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I have what seems to be a fairly common problem with Vista, I cannot download or install any updates. I have not been able to download any updates for a long time.

I have Vista Service Pack 1 installed, in the Vista home edition that came loaded on my PC by Dell. But I cannot install Service Pack 2. Since I can't download ANYTHING using automatic update, I downloaded the standalone Service Pack 2. When I try to install it I get as far as about 40% installed of section one of the download before I get an error message that says "Install failed, reverting changes" and so I end up with nothing installed.

I have tried turning off my antivirus programs and my firewalls but that doesn't help.

Thanks in advance for you assistance it is very much appreciated.

A:Vista won't download or install any updates

Dell Tips, Installing Vista SP2Louis

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Vista wont let me update important security files and is not letting me download from the site myself. Instead it keeps redirecting to to google or otherwise saying there was no response from the server and or Microsoft.com, however I can still download from CNET just as usual. Also Google keeps redirecting me to fasttools.biz. Anyhelp would be MOST welcome

A:Vista wont let me download security updates

Hello see if you can run and post a log from MBAMCNET downloadhttp://download.cnet.com/windows/security-...tent;contentNavNext run MBAM:Please download Malwarebytes Anti-Malware (v1.35) and save it to your desktop.alternate download link 1alternate download link 2If you have a previous version of MBAM, remove it via Add/Remove Programs and download a fresh copy.Make sure you are connected to the Internet.Double-click on mbam-setup.exe to install the application.When the installation begins, follow the prompts and do not make any changes to default settings.When installation has finished, make sure you leave both of these checked:Update Malwarebytes' Anti-MalwareLaunch Malwarebytes' Anti-MalwareThen click Finish.MBAM will automatically start and you will be asked to update the program before performing a scan.If an update is found, the program will automatically update itself.Press the OK button to close that box and continue.If you encounter any problems while downloading the updates, manually download them from here and just double-click on mbam-rules.exe to install. Alternatively, you can update through MBAM's interface from a clean computer, copy the definitions (rules.ref) located in C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\Malwarebytes\Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware from that system to a usb stick or CD and then copy it to the infected machine.On the Scanner tab:Make sure the "Perform Quick Scan" option is selected.Then click on the Scan button.If asked to select... Read more

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I'm using a Toshiba Laptop running Windows Vista Home Premium SP2. The computer is used only occasionally and, when opened, it usually downloads numerous Windows updates and installs them automatically. Before today, the last updates (84) were installed 7/26/2015, before that on 6/10/2015 5 updates were installed, before that on 5/24/2015 19 updates were installed. Today when the computer was opened, Windows tried to find and download updates and ran continuously without downloading any updates. I ran the Windows Update troubleshooter and it fixed some problems but also reported discrepancies that it could not fix (Error 0x80070057(2015-09-20-T-03_12_40P). I installed Hotfix for Windows (KB947821) apparently without results. I ran chkdsk and sfc scannow. The log produced after scannow, said "Access Denied when I tried to open it. I have the SR tagged lines in the log file from C:\windows\logs\cbs\cbs.log which appears to show that several lines have discrepancies which were not fixed. I have no idea how to repair them.

Now the good news. After multiple restarts in the processes described above, Windows Update found, downloaded and installed 42 updates. Upon shutdown and restart it finished the installation of three of them and all appear to be current.

Now the however, Windows update troubleshooter still reports two "not fixed" errors: "Windows update error 0x80070057(2015-09-20-T-10_39_56P)" and "Problems installing recent updates."
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I cannot download or install updated because my Background Intelligent Transfer Service is not working for some reason. Does anybody here knows the solution for this issue? By the way, I have Windows Vista Business and there's an error message it's 800 something. Please help me!!!

A:cannot download and install vista updates because cannot get BITS to run!!

Make sure the following services are enabled, started, and set to automatic startup

COM+ Event System
Remote Procedure Call (RPC)
DCOM Server Process Launcher

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I cant download vital programs needed for most websites () but I really cant find anything to fix it. When I try to download the installation wizard I can save it but it wont open the wizard. I have received a message with a "False Trojan Virus Warning" (or so it says). Any help would be appreciated

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Recently I had to re-install Vista on my machine. To my surprise even after installing 3 times update problems majorly 8024200D were there. So, I searched here n there on net including this forum but of no process worked. Hence, I decided to go for another installation. Here I will be discussing what I have observed:-

1) Installation : Something changed from Microsoft hence please install Vista as fresh and do not install any driver and/or application except LAN Drivers otherwise, you will face too many error messages during updates. Even after installing LAN driver you might get error# 80070103 but you may ignore this as this is only due to old drivers error.

2) Update : Keep updating your windows till it says no further update available. Please do not use internet except updating your windows otherwise your PC might get infected.

Surprisingly, Original Windows Vista DVD (without Sp1 or SP2) is of around 4GB and updates are of around 2GB and it will take minimum half a day to update your system 100% with good internet speed (minimum 2MBPS).

SP1 is of around 750MB and SP2 is of around 350MB and rest updates are of around 1GB+.

If you have to re-install your OS once or twice a year then you should make image of your system otherwise, updates gonna increase in future and you will be spending hell of the time in updations.

Hope this will help few members around Globe. Also, I would like to request Microsoft that they must provide single link updates so that we can ... Read more

A:Windows Vista 64 installation problems and Live Updates

Hello and welcome to the vista forums.

I am going to assume that you have the full version of winds. Since you have done 3 installs I would suggest doing one more but like this.
Clean Install with a Full Version of Vista

I would do a full scan with your AV...
Download and run a full scan from malwarebytes free version...

I would aslo do a sfc scan and here's how...
System Files - SFC Command
If the sfc comes back with problems then run the sfc 3 times, the sfc scan can fix many problems on your computer...

You might also want to do a CHKDSK on your system and her's how to do this one.
Check Disk - chkdsk


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Going to do an in place upgrade to Windows 7 from Windows Vista. In step 6 of Brink's guide, if I select the option Go online to get the latest updates for installation, will that infest me with the Windows 10 nagware patches?

Thanks in advance.

A:InPlace Upgrade to Windows7 from Vista-Updates for Installation Option

Hi and welcome to SevenForums,
Not sure a in-place upgrade is even possible if you need new installation media you can use this to get it easily

Personally I would clean install,
It's a lot easier to clean install these days with the unofficial sp2
There are essentially 3 updates needed for a clean install of windows that will get you updated through April of 2016

KB3020369 & KB3172605 & KB3125574 all can be downloaded from the M$ catalog using internet explorer
Microsoft Update Catalog

When manually installing updates you need to switch your update settings to Never check for updates and restart the machine first.

After restart you will need to ensure the built in windows update service is stopped and set to manual first too or it will conflict with the stand alone installer.

Afterwards reset the windows updates service to what it was before and update settings to your preference and check for updates
Should be only 50 or so updates left to install.

I also have the three required updates on my OneDrive if you can't or don't want to deal with the catalog,

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I have a new Dell Dimension Desktop that came with Windows Vista Home basic. At first everything was fine, but now it is running EXTREMELY slowly. I thought maybe it could be infected with a virus or something, so I ran a scan with Norton security. The scan came back and didn't find anything, not even one cookie, so I know it didn't scan properly. Then a thing came up and said Norton needed to download updates, so I clicked OK to get the updates. However, my computer will NOT download them! The connection either times out or the updates get to a certain point, about 65%, and then just never finish. Why can't I download the updates? Why is Vista so slow? Its driving me CRAZY!!!

A:Extremely Slow Operation With Vista. Also, Will Not Download Updates For My Norton Security


Sorry to hear about that. I work for Tier 3 at T-Mobile, and we handle all the data aspects of the company. 80% of our business is working with laptops/desktops and a lot of calls coming in are on Vista. What I, and my co-workers have personally noticed is that Windows Vista Home Basic, is crap. That's the clean, unfiltered truth. I personally have Home Premium, and I've had my fair share of problems with it, but I can just imagine the thousands of frustrated people with Basic. So, I highly recommend downgrading (in my opinion upgrading) to XP Pro. If that's not an option, upgrade to Premium. If that's not an option you can look at all the different settings to see if you can smooth things up a bit.

First, check Start - then type in MSCONFIG in the search box. Then, go to the services tab. Click on the box listed "hide all microsoft services". Then, disable all. This will disable all services from running besides microsofts that are required to run your comp. You can browse through the list for spyware and anti-virus that you want to run. Then, go to the startup tab and disable all there, and again, go through the list to see if theres anything specific you really want/need to startup when your comp starts up. Then click ok, and restart. This will make it so your computer doesn't load unneccasary programs at startup that can make your computer lag. I believe vista automatically has defrag set up to do it in the background, but just in case you can do i... Read more

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Hey guys, I recently changed my motherboard and cpu and was forced to reinstall my upgrade for vista home premium. Now that it has been reinstalled, I am unable to install any of the 54 required updates that are necessary for me to install the service pack. I would like to install these updates and service pack because frankly my Vista experience will suck without it. I've been on the phone with the microsoft guys for hours and have accomplished nothing. Here are some specs:

Intel Pentium 4; 3.4 ghz
2gb RAM, I have another 2gb stick that i'll install after the updates are made
Vista Home Premium Upgraded from Home Basic

Please let me know what you think-- or point me in the right direction if this question has already been answered. Thanks guys.


A:Newly Installed Vista Home Premium: Unable to Download Updates and Service Pack

By the way, here's the error message: 80070002

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I have never posted on a forum before so apologies if I am doing this wrong. The problem started when I tried to plug in my (new) iphone to my Dell pc. The device was not detected so I tried to update my itunes software - update failed and I received a Windows 7 error. After searching through multiple forums and trying to download windows utility cleaner, etc - nothing has helped. Also, if I try to run the 'Check for Updates" link on my computer - if NEVER stops searching for updates and there for I cant update anything. Not sure where to start

A:Windows Check for updates keeps running-all installation/updates fail

Let's start with the easy stuff

To properly analyse and solve problems with Activation and Validation, we need to see a full copy of the report produced by the MGADiag tool
(download and save to desktop - http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?linkid=52012 )
Once saved, run the tool.
Click on the Continue button, which will produce the report.
To copy the report to your response, click on the Copy button in the tool (ignore any error messages at this point), and then paste (using either r-click/Paste, or Ctrl+V ) into your response.
- **in your own thread**, please

Please also state the Version and Edition of Windows quoted on your COA sticker (if you have one) on the case of your machine (or inside the battery compartment), but do NOT quote the Key on the sticker!
How to Tell

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I'm trying to download updates through Windows Update, it shows that I have 139 important updates, and 40 optional ones. I selected them and clicked the install button but it got stuck at "Downloading updates (0 kb total, 0% complete)". I cancelled and retried choosing only 24 important updates and the same happened. I tried the check for updates option but it also keeps checking forever.
I also tried downloading updates from Microsoft Download Center but when I try to install them it hangs on "searching for updates on this computer".
I already ran the Microsoft Fix It tool, disabled my anti-virus and firewall, but nothing works.
I cannot install the SURT because it also keeps searching for updates.

I need to update so I can upgrade to Windows 10 - the setup also got stuck while checking for updates, so I was hoping that updating beforehand would do the trick.

Any suggestions on how to fix this problem are appreciated.

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Ok i have been downloading rapidshare links with flashget for years, then about 2 weeks ago My Acer Laptop Aspire 4520 (vista home basic) started to crash..Now whenever i use flashget to download (i have premium account) paste all urls and press start then it downloads fine for maybe 10 mins then my vista just freezes and crashes and restarts....i have tried this on flashget 1.73 and latest version all the same....so i then tried internet download manager 5.14 same thing happens, finally i tried orbit downloader and it happens with that too......wht the heck is hapened please help..i am using an acer aspire 4520 laptop with windows vista home basic...i could always download great until 2 weeks ago..no i can only get 10 - 15 mins tops and crash....my downloads i pay for every month have just been wasted this month...i have run every virus, spy ware scanner there is including, kaspersky, spy bot and avg & adware no infections!!!! i am at a loss please help??? I Have tried using your uninstaller and removed flashget and IDM and reinstalled but same issue...
ps vista and internet is fine only when i try and download.

i hope you can help, many thanks in advance


Acer Aspire 4520 , AMD Turion 64
1GB Ram, 80GB Hard drive, NVIDIA Geforce 7000m/nforce 610m
external usb 250 GB Hard drive

A:Vista crashes everytime i try and download rapidshare files with any download manager

Any ideas anyone please, my mkonthly downloads i pay for are being wasted please help i am at a loss.......

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I want to upgrade my Acer Aspire Notebook from Windows Vista Home Premium SP2 32-bit to Windows 7 SP1 32-bit.  It qualifies for the "Supported Upgrade Scenerios" and my system passed the Windows 7 install compatibility test.  I found
the Windows 7 download page, but when I enter the Microsoft Product Key on the back of my Acer Aspire Notebook it doesn't accept it.
How do I resolve this problem?  I can't get Chat to work (loops me back to automated system) and I can't find a email or phone number for Microsoft to assist me.
Please help.  Thank you.
TO CLARIFY: Entering the product key on the microsoft windows 7 download page in order to do the download is where the key fails, not during installation.  I can't even get past the download approval.

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Hi Guys,

I have a problem installing Windows Vista. The installation process works fine until after the 1st reboot that goes to "completing installation". It completely freezes at that point and after 1 hour or so goes to a black screen where i can see nothing but my mouse pointer.

I just got my laptop 2 days ago and it's brand new Vista compatible. In fact it came with Vista installed and it was working perfectly fine until I decided to reformat it so that I could check if my new hd i tried installing was the main reason for this installation failure.

I saw a post with similar problems explaining that the BIOS was in need to be updated, but my BIOS is up to date and vista compatible.

My laptop specs are as follows:

Inspiron 1720, Intel Core 2 Duo T7500, 2.2GHz, 800Mhz, 4M L2 Cache
2GB, DDR2, 667MHz 2
256MB NVIDIA GeForce Go 8600
17.0 inch Wide Screen UXGA+ TLLCD
Integrated 10/100 Network Cardand Modem,
8X DVD+/-RW Dual Layer Drive
Integrated Sound Blaster Audigy
Intel 4965AGN Wireless-N Mini Card
Can someone please help me out! Thanks.

A:Solved: Windows Vista installation freezes at &amp;amp;quot;completing installation&amp;amp;q

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Hello, I'm having an issue installing a clean install of Windows Vista Home Basic onto my friend's Acer laptop.

To start off, my friend has had a rouge anti virus that more or less destroyed his windows. After doing a system restore for the earliest date available, the virus was gone, but Windows kept asking me on how to open simple things such as Internet Explorer and various other programs, which made the OS unusable. My friend gave me permission to format the drive, and I reinstalled Vista with a DVD of my I had for from one of my PCs, but I used his CD key that was on the laptop. The installation went fine, so I went on my desktop PC and downloaded all of the drivers for his laptop (Aspire 5516), and then installed a sound card driver, and a BIOs update. After the BIOs update, the laptop wouldn't start up again. I tried doing a system restore but it had no restore points, so since I just started, I figured doing a quick format wouldn't hurt.

This is where things got bad. I've tried reinstalling Vista again, but it keeps hanging on the "Completing installation" part. I've tried three times so far, and it always hangs at the exact same part, and now I have no clue on what to do.

Any suggestions or help would be much appreciated, thank you.

A:Vista installation hangs on completing installation during clean install

Hi ssjChris. Welcome to TSF!

I would suggest you download a copy of Darik's Boot and Nuke (affectionately known as DBAN) HERE and create a bootable CD with it. Then boot with that CD and do a low-level format. That will insure that you don't have all kinds of wonderful dangling stuff on the hard drive. A Windows format doesn't do a low-level format to the extent that DBAN does. Pay VERY close attention to the menus as you use this software as it is very powerful. If you have any external hard drives connected, I suggest you disconnect them.

Once it completes, try your installation again.

Good day!


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Hello, I'm having an issue installing a clean install of Windows Vista Home Basic onto my friend's Acer laptop.

To start off, my friend has had a rouge anti virus that more or less destroyed his windows. After doing a system restore for the earliest date available, the virus was gone, but Windows kept asking me on how to open simple things such as Internet Explorer and various other programs, which made the OS unusable. My friend gave me permission to format the drive, and I reinstalled Vista with a DVD of my I had for from one of my PCs, but I used his CD key that was on the laptop. The installation went fine, so I went on my desktop PC and downloaded all of the drivers for his laptop (Aspire 5516), and then installed a sound card driver, and a BIOs update. After the BIOs update, the laptop wouldn't start up again. I tried doing a system restore but it had no restore points, so since I just started, I figured doing a quick format wouldn't hurt.

This is where things got bad. I've tried reinstalling Vista again, but it keeps hanging on the "Completing installation" part. I've tried three times so far, and it always hangs at the exact same part, and now I have no clue on what to do.

Any suggestions or help would be much appreciated, thank you.

A:Vista installation hangs on completing installation during clean install

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Okay, so let me first tell you that I am in a state of panic. I have very important data on my HDD and am unable to boot any OS on it now.

I initially had Vista and 7 on it, working, until I decided to uninstall 7 for XP. I deleted the partition 7 was on (C; my primary partition) and installed XP onto it. That went smoothly and all, but after booting it up I noticed it wouldn't let me specify which OS I wanted to start; it would just auto start XP. I went into the bootup settings in XP and changed the time operating systems are displayed from one second, to ten, yet it still just auto-booted XP. I was able to access the data on the other partition in the XP explorer, but seemingly wasn't able to boot from it. So I "backed up" all my data onto a third partition I had created as a failsafe in case something went wrong and I couldn't boot either of my OSes.

It then came to my attention that I had installed Windows XP Professional instead of home edition, so I made a bootable CD with the XP iso and restarted the computer for reinstallation. According to the program, the setup files copied over fine and all, but when it auto-restarted to continue the installation process it would just loop on and off at the BIOS screen. After trying 4 different versions of XP to no avail, I stuck my Vista Home Premium disk in and booted from it. Again, I got to the setup screen and all that jazz, but when prompted to select the location I wanted to install Windows in, I go... Read more

A:Vista installation does not find any drives during installation, computer won't boot


do you have a way to download and burn a linux live cd, that would get all your pictures back then concentrate on the other..


someone else may have other ideas..

good luck

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I have been trying to install windows Vista 64 bit edition on my computer for the past couple of days now and I can seem to get to work right. It works normally right up until it reaches the completing installation phase the it freezes. I test my memory and hard drive and they are both fine. I have even tried different components just in case but nothing has helped. I upgraded the motherboad bios and tried a IDE and a SATA drive as well.
Here are my computer's specifictions
DFI Infinity 975X/G mtoherboard 975X Intel chipset
Q6600 Quad Core Intel Processor
2GB of Dual Channel OCZ Gold PC6400 DDR2 Memory
500GB Maxtor Hard Drive
Plextor DVD Burner
600W Ultra Power Supply
8800GTS EVGA Video card

I kind of wondering about the motherboard if it has compatiblity issues with Vista but every where I look it says its go to go as long as you upgrade the BIOS which I've done. Any ideas on how to fix this issue or should I consider getting a different board? I need a PCI Express 4X slot on the new one. Thanks for the help.

A:Vista 64 bit Installation freezing at Completing Installation Phase

A stupid Question is your CPU and Motherboard Compatible with x64. Mainly is your CPU capable of using 64-bit code

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I apply MS Updates regularly and have no updates outstanding apart from two optional updates that I don't intend to install. However, when I visit >Programs and Features>View installed updates no Vista security updates are shown. The only updates displayed are those for M$ Office etc. The freeware product System Inspector for Windows shows Vista security updates as installed correctly! I have run the Fix It utility provided by Microsoft with no joy.

Any ideas?

A:Vista Updates not displayed in Installed Updates

Run the updater again.

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This is rather odd but I purchased two new desktop computers which are IDENTICAL except for different motherboards-- mine has the BigBang motherboard and my husband's has a Gigabyte motherboard. They are both running Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit. When we check windows updates, his has some updates listed under Important whereas those same updates are listed under Optional on mine.
I would be greatly appreciative if anyone knows anything about the necessity of these updates. The updates are as follows...

Update for Microsoft .NET Framework 4 on Windows XP, Windows Server 2003, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2008 R2 for x64-based Systems (KB2468871)
Download size: 27.5 MB

Update for Microsoft .NET Framework 4 on Windows XP, Windows Server 2003, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2008 R2 for x64-based Systems (KB2533523)
Download size: 37.5 MB

Update for Windows 7 for x64-based Systems (KB2545698)
Download size: 2.2 MB

Update for Windows 7 for x64-based Systems (KB2547666)
Download size: 4.6 MB

Update for Windows 7 for x64-based Systems (KB2563227)
Download size: 208 KB

Update for Windows 7 for x64-based Systems (KB2603229)
Download size: 36 KB

Update for Windows 7 for x64-based Systems (KB2607576)
Download size: 7.2 MB

The ones I'm most concerned with are the first two large updates. Why are they optional on mine and important on his?? Plus, I think he only has one of them listed in his updates. And what about all t... Read more

A:Is it necessary to download these updates?


No two computers are exactly the same.
The combinations of programs, drivers, hardware components etc are infinite.
Throw in different patterns of use, no matter how small & comparisons become irrelevant.
Why does one member of a family become ill & the others not so?

Please refer to the article below that MAY help to clarify things for you.
Description of the standard terminology that is used to describe Microsoft software updates

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Since Jan 11 2017, My HP Win-7 (Home) laptop has not been able to download ANY new Windows Updates. It just starts searching for Updates, but NEVER finds any. Prior to this, Win-7 Updates downloaded and installed fine for years.
I have tried it manually, or with a set time with no help.

I see many people have posted on the Web this same problem, and have tried some of the recommended fixes, but have had no success.

My HP Win-7 Pro Desktop continues to download and Install updates just fine.

Any help is appreciated ....


A:Can't Download Win-7 updates

Every time I have run across a failed Win 7 update issue, the two patches that fixed it every time were KB3020369 and then KB3172605. If you run the patch and it sits at checking for updates when you run it, kill the wusa task, then stop and start the update service. Run the patch again, it will install.

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I recently had a friend reinstalled XP Pro on my computer because it would not log into windows, after the log in screen it would go black and not come back. prior to that I could log on but I noticed an unusualy low number of processes running in task manager. I also observed the little yellow light on the tower wouldn't be blinking so something was causing my processor to stop. What my friend did was run the pro disk to re install windows without losing my files. I remember while load avg free 20011 it would get to approx. 83% and freeze, so we had to repeat it 3 times. Shortly there after my wife noticed that she couldn't access IExplorer so I checked it out and it shut down saying Internet Explorer has encountered a problem....Error Signature App name iexplore.exe app version modname ieframe.dll modver: 7.0.6000.17093 offset: 000744ab

A:Cannot download updates to anything

Was XP Pro originally installed on this system?

System manufacturer and model?

Did the CD used...contain the same SP as was installed on the system at that time?


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do you have a .reg file for the "ask me first if I want to download updates" setting?

I presume it wouldn't duplicate any registry entries if run at every startup...?

A:ask me first if I want to download updates

Hello n13l5,

The REG files below will set this group policy setting for you for all users. I included an undo option.

Hope this helps,

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I've been trying to download the latest Windows Live Messenger on my dad's computer (my laptop was stolen recently so I'm forced to use this) and for some reason, it won't work. I'm using Windows XP.

I tried going to the main website to download it but every time I click on the download button, it kept saying "Server not found", as though I'm not online when I clearly am. The same thing is happening to my dad's AVG anti-virus. It can't seem to update itself. I tried updating my windows but I can't seem to access the site as well.

Is this a virus or is there something wrong with the settings on this computer? Can anyone help me?

A:Can't download updates

First you must have latest windows installer installed on your pc, or service pack 3 because installer is inside sp3, then you didn't wrote from where you truing to download W L Mes...maybe site don't work fine..

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I am setup to be informed about updates but download and install them manually. Recently I experienced problems on all 3 computers I have (1 desktop and 2 laptops). Everything is as usual until I press the install button. Beyond this point, Windows says it is downloading the updates but nothing gets downloaded. Microsoft no longer provides free assistance with update problems (I could not find the contact information for this service). The web has number of discussions on this topic and number of 'solutions' that take a lot of time to work through but do not work. Here is a workaround that works for me:

(1) Stop the Windows update service.
(2) Empty the SoftwareDistribution folder in Windows directory
(3) Restart the computer to automatically start the Windows update service
(4) Go to Windows Update web page, which now says that updates have never been performed
(5) Wait for a long time until the webpage identifies the updates I need
(6) Install the updates - this time, they download normally and install normally

Updating 3 computers is a pain even when there is no download problem. This pain is multiplied by having to perform the above operation three times. Should someone know what causes the update download problem I just described and have a simpler fix for it, I would love to be informed of such solution. Meanwhile, I am communicating my workaround which also comes from the web and which took a considerable trial and error effort to identify as being effec... Read more

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I just did a fresh install of Windows Vista (32 bit) on a friends computer. Is there a way to do all of the windows updates at once?

A:Can you download all updates at once?

Go to Windows Update. I'm sure you'll be offered them all.

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I can't download windows update on my system. I use Windows Vista Service Pack 1. I've tried turning off my firewall but that did not work. I keep getting this error code 80072EFE. Plus, when I restart my system, it always comes up with 'Windows has recovered from an unexpected shutdown, error message. I'm truly worried about this. Can someone help???

A:Help! Can't download updates!!!

try suggestion on this site http://forums.techarena.in/windows-update/247415.htm

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I was checking the update history and there are so many security updates that failed, I didn't want to count them! The error code is 3800700003. I tried Mr. Fix-It. I tried the Troubleshooter. I even followed the instructions to delete the temporary files like the error code said, but when I got to the final step the to delete the files in the Software Distribution folder, it said they were tied up in the Administration something or other and couldn't be deleted.

Also, I had gone another route with the Event Viewer and saw there were many events but I don't know what that means anyway. These all said they were "friendly", so how could they do any harm? I had stopped the updater, but after I couldn't delete the temporary files like it told me to, I turned automatic updates back on. If I have to send this to a computer shop, they start out at about $90.00.

Can anybody point me in the right direction. I'll never be able to upgrade to Windows 10, otherwise.

A:Updates just won't download

Welcome to TSF!

Try deleting the files in the Software Distribution folder after booting the computer up in Safe mode.

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I have HP Pavilion dv2315nr entertainment notebook PC,
with OS Vista basic bit32.

I'm having trouble with the Windows Update. I can't get my computer to download any updates at all. All attemps would just simply fail. The last update that I had made was on 3/27/2008 and it was Definition Update for Windows Defender - KB915597 (Definition 1.29.8083.0). Ever since then all update attempts have failed.

Also I have been getting error messages upon reboot that includes the following error codes:

Could anyone please help me resolve these errors?


A:The updates won't download!!!

Hello Yalee06,
Welcome to the forums.

This may help.

Error message when you run Windows Defender: "Error Code 0x800106ba"

Hope it helps.


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I am looking for a way to download Windows XP updates to a CD. The reason is I am working on my sister's computer which says she needs many updates, including Windows XP Service Pack 2. She uses dial up and one download can take hours. My computer is on cable hookup and downloads quickly. I would like to download the updates to a cd and transfer to her computer. However, going to the download sites requires it searching my system which doesn't match. I run Win98. Does anyone know how I can get these updates? Thank you.

Pearl King

A:How to download XP updates to CD

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I have 3 computers (2 laptop wireless, 1 desktop wired, all XP Pro) all 3 will not download updates for Windows, anti-virus, anti-malwre, even new programs. I can visit all websites fine and computers are not slowed. The only exception is applications on facebook (farmville, cafe world, etc...not something I use, BTW) which will not load. In each instance, the download will begin but stop after a few seconds and just sit. Sometimes I will get "connection to server was interrupted."

First thought was virus/trojan/worm but all scans came up with nothing so I did a clean install of XP on my desktop. Same problem as soon as I got connected. I took the laptops to a friends network and it worked perfect. Fast, updated everything, all apps work on facebook. So I think it has to be my internet. I call AT&T they run all kinds of test and come up with nothing assuring me it is either my computer or modem.

I switched modems with my friend, whose network my laptops worked on, but it still does the exact same thing. I am at a loss...anyone with any ideas?

A:Can't Download Updates

What AV do you use?

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Have been unable to download Windows XP updates for 2-3 weeks - was hoping it would fix itself. Have downloaded "Microsoft Fix it Center" but the instructions on how to repair are not clear and have tried to input the DOS (command prompts) guide but there is an error in the formatting. I did see an error about there being a download location change but I'm not told any location. So I'm stuck. Here are the downloads that list every time I shut down and fail to install.

Security Update for Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005 Update Rollup 2 X86 Edition (KB2628259)
Security Update for Windows XP (KB2584146)
Security Update for Microsoft .NET Framework 4 on XP, Server 2003, Vista, Windows 7, Server 2008 x86 (KB2656351)
Security Update for Windows XP (KB2603381)
Security Update for Microsoft .NET Framework 2.0 SP2 on Windows Server 2003 and Windows XP x86 (KB2656352)
Security Update for Microsoft .NET Framework 1.1 SP1 on Windows XP, Windows Vista, and Windows Server 2008 x86 (KB2656353)
Security Update for Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5 SP1 on Windows XP, Server 2003, Vista, Server 2008 x86 (KB2657424)
Windows Malicious Software Removal Tool - January 2012 (KB890830)
Security Update for Windows XP (KB2631813)
Security Update for Windows XP (KB2585542)
Security Update for Windows XP (KB2646524)
Security Update for Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005 Update Rollup 2 X86 Edition (KB2619340)
Update for Microsoft Office Outlook 2003 Junk Email Filter (KB2597098)
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A:Can't download Win XP updates

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I have a laptop that I've not used for many months and today I attempted to action the updates finding that there are 52.
I have tried to get those moving but they keep stopping.
What can I do to solve the problem?

A:52 Updates. Will not download.

Try selecting 4-5 at a time, reboot, go to the next 4-5.

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After installing Mcfee They tell me it will not run until I get updates to win 8.1

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I am running XP Pro SP2; have been able to download MS updates as recent as 60 days ago. Cannot even get on update site.According to one response possible ActiveX problem. All suggested remedies don't work.Crytographic Services are running. ActiveX settings seem to be correct. AnitiV. and Webroot have not detected any invader. What has happened and how do I fix? mackey1

A:cannot download any MS updates.

Download and install Dial-a-Fix. It has several tools that do things like reinstall Windows Update, etc... Lots of stuff to try.

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on Xp2, PC set to download automatic, but is unable to do so for the last 2/3 weeks.

I have tried windows update site, 'custom' etc, it tries to update then says 'failed'

Have Ad-Aware 2008 free installed

Avg free installed

Anyone ???

Desperate now!!!

A:Cannot download updates...

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Hi, Quite some time ago, when the windows 10 was rolled out, my laptop started malfunctioning (performance made a huge drop). I didn't install windows 10, because the laptop didn't meet the hardware requirements. Still windows kept prompting me to download it. I didn't care much, because it's an older laptop (i think pre 2007) and didn't use it very often. I'm in a situation where i need 2 laptops now, though, so this is a problem... Anyway, my laptop simply won't download updates anymore... i select all the updates (30+ by now...), click download and install, the process starts but stays at 0% downloaded... I've tried system restore, deep virus scans and trying to download them 1 by 1, but to no avail... Can any1 shine some light on this situation? what do i do to fix this? My laptop refuses to connect to password protected wifi signals for some reason and it's bugging the hell out of me. DxDiag:------------------System Information------------------Time of this report: 9/7/2016, 20:44:53Machine name: SANDER-HPOperating System: Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit (6.1, Build 7601) Service Pack 1 (7601.win7sp1_ldr.160317-0600)Language: Dutch (Regional Setting: Dutch)System Manufacturer: Hewlett-PackardSystem Model: HP Pavilion g7 Notebook PCBIOS: Default System BIOSProcessor: Intel(R) Core(TM) i3 CPU M 380 @ 2.53GHz (4 CPUs), ~2.5GHzMemory: 4096MB RAMAvailable OS Memory: 3894MB RAMPage File: 2430MB used, 5355MB availableWindows Dir: C:\WindowsDirectX Version... Read more

A:updates won't download

Hi, That problem is due to its scan process. Please install one or 2 KB's to fix it:           http://www.infoworld.com/article/3086811/microsoft-windows/microsoft-releases-kb-3161647-kb-3161608-... I tested on one machine last week, it worked. I could install over 220 (yes two, two, zero) fixes in one go on new HDD on old machine. Regards.

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Windows update says it has a number of update files, but when I hit download, it "pretends to be doing it" -- but there is no progress in the status bar - stays 0%. I have tried "fix it" - I have tried requesting download of only 1 file
-- still have the problem. Discovered none have downloaded since February.

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Win 7 updates keep coming but will not download. I do not own the win 7 o/s disk, cannot re-load.
When I restart pc, warning says loading 2 of 3 updates, but after 2 hours nothing changes. I have to manually turn off pc and then turn it back on.

A:Win 7 updates will not download

1) Is this a new situation or has it always been this way?
2) If it's new, what is new or different since the last time everything worked properly (ie, new hw, new sw, virus, error, etc)?
3) Do you have an legitimate Windows 7 installation?

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