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Windows Update: "problem on your computer is preventing updates from being installed"

When trying to use Windows Update, the updates download successfully but fail to install. The following message appears: "Problem: A problem on your computer is preventing updates from being downloaded or installed." I have turned my antivirus software off, I have tried updating manually, I have tried updating one at a time. Nothing seems to work. I now have a backlog of 13 updates that I'm supposed to install. Can anyone please help? THANKS!
 

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Re: Windows Update: "problem on your computer is preventing updates from being instal

I have the same problem on a W2k SP4 machine. No other error messages, but no updates will install. Any help would be appreciated.
 

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Re: Windows Update: "problem on your computer is preventing updates from being instal

have you tried getting updates from Safe Mode?
 

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I can't get into Windows Update in safe mode. I use a USB wireless adapter for the internet and it won't work in safe mode. Also, I didn't think WU worked in safe mode anyway.

Any other ideas?
 

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Re: Windows Update: "problem on your computer is preventing updates from being instal

My guess is you got a virus.. might want to re-post in Security section and see if they can help you
 

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I gave up on it and reloaded Windows 2000. Now it works fine.

Thanks for the help anyway.
 

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I'm only replying to this because I had the same problem, followed every suggestion on forums and still failed every single time. I worked on it for like 12-14 hours. Then I solved the problem almost accidentally.

I wanted to change the PC name and workgroup in order to continue using it normally even without the updates. When I attempted to do this, Windows told me that I needed to install networking to do so. This came as a surprise to me because I had been able to get on the Internet right from the re-installation of the OS.

When I went to the networking settings, I saw that I only had TCP/IP installed and not Client for Microsoft Networks nor File and Printer Sharing. Once I installed these, the Windows Update icon showed up on the lower right corner and everything was fixed. Simplest solution ever :pray:
 

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Re: Windows Update: "problem on your computer is preventing updates from being instal

Thanks for posting the solutions. As this thread is pretty old I am going to close it.

Kind regards,
go the power
 
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