Can't install security updates

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by moondad, Jun 14, 2008.

  1. moondad macrumors member

    Jun 2, 2008

    Finally managed to get XP Pro installed (full retail) in bootcamp.

    A couple of things:

    Firstly, having successfully installed sp3, it is now failing every time it tries to install 10 new updates it has downloaded. It makes no difference if I do it automatically, or manually.

    I've tried all the fixed I can source, i.e. Dial-A-Fix and microsoft's own fixes.

    Secondly, I don't recall having to activate this copy, and there is no activation notice.

    It was a sealed, genuine copy I bought off ebay - box, disc and packaging all seem to be authentic.

    Anyone else not had to activate their copy?
  2. J@ffa macrumors 6502a


    Jul 21, 2002
    Behind you!
    It's not likely. Any retail copy, OEM or not, would have a CD key you'd have to put in. Try this to find out;

    Your copy may be counterfeit - they can be very convincing, unfortunately.
  3. moondad thread starter macrumors member

    Jun 2, 2008
    I did have to put a CD key in.

    What isn't happening is the activation that's supposed to be necessary after the install.

    I have already checked it with microsoft genuine. It checks out fine.
  4. MM07 macrumors 6502a

    Feb 10, 2008
    Is it saying that it can't be activated online?
  5. moondad thread starter macrumors member

    Jun 2, 2008
    It's not saying anything about activation anywhere.

    There is no icon in the tray, no alerts or reminders about it.
  6. MM07 macrumors 6502a

    Feb 10, 2008
    Well, maybe you can forget about activation at this point in time.

    On your first question, have you installed IE 7 and all the updates for it?

    After I installed XP on my MacBook, I couldn't get the 92 updates that I needed. I tried one at a time and it failed. After I installed IE 7 I got to do all the updates. It has been working fine to this day.
  7. moondad thread starter macrumors member

    Jun 2, 2008
    Yes, I updated IE 7 today, but still the same thing, unfortunately.

    The thing is, it always downloads the updates with no problem, it just fails to install any of them, and when I did it on the microsoft update page, I checked the history, and it came up with an error code, which of course came up blank on their search engine.
  8. Neil321 macrumors 68040


    Nov 6, 2007
    Britain, Avatar Created By Bartelby
    All programs > accessories > system tools . You should be able to activate windows from there
  9. moondad thread starter macrumors member

    Jun 2, 2008
    I'm beginning to wonder if I just did it during setup without thinking about it. It was about 2am..

    Anyway, the bigger issue atm is not being able to install these damn updates. Nothing I do seems to make any difference to this.

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