Windows Update fails in Boot camp

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  1. MacHiavelli macrumors 6502a

    MacHiavelli

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    I cannot get Windows Update to work in boot camp (or VMware Fusion) - it just crashes/hangs all the time. I have searched the net without luck and the MS knowledge base and the forums.

    Anyone have any ideas?

    Thanks
     
  2. steveza macrumors 68000

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    You can try the following - solves general Windows update not working issues

    - Stop the Windows update service (it could be called automatic updates I don't have a XP machine here a the moment to check)
    - search for a file called datastore.edb
    - delete it (you can take a copy first if you want)
    - start the service you stopped earlier
    - try another Windows update.

    Failing that on the Windows update home page there is an option to use Microsoft update instead. Give that a try.
     
  3. MacHiavelli thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Many thanks for the ideas.... still no luck. Will keep on trying. Cheers! ;)
     
  4. MM07 macrumors 6502a

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    I am having this issue as well. I have rebooted and this issue still occurs.

    Any other ideas?

    Edit - I am trying the Microsoft update as steveza recommends.
     
  5. MM07 macrumors 6502a

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    No ideas from anyone?

    Maybe a reinstall will do....not sure.

    Just looking for advice. :D
     
  6. Santa Rosa macrumors 65816

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  8. Santa Rosa macrumors 65816

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    Is windows update coming up with any of the cryptic number errors when it crashes or is it just a full nothing you can do crash?
     
  9. MM07 macrumors 6502a

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    When I select the 91 updates that I need, then click the install updates button, the download screen pops up and just hangs...almost like I do not have internet, but I do.
     
  10. Santa Rosa macrumors 65816

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    Dont go for all 91 straight out of the gate.

    Go into internet explorer, then click tools, go to windows update, do the necessary installation of the update tools and then when it asks you if you want to do an express or custom update choose custom.

    Uncheck all the updates and then try and install a few at a time.
     
  11. MM07 macrumors 6502a

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    I'm going to try that right now.....I'll let you know what happens.

    Thanks.
     
  12. MM07 macrumors 6502a

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    I just selected the first update and same thing....just hangs after it says preparing for download. The screen pops up and it says the updates are being installed, but nada. :mad:
     
  13. Santa Rosa macrumors 65816

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    You could just try a reinstall then as it sounds like you have only just started with that one. Sorry cant help anymore out of options!!!
     
  14. MM07 macrumors 6502a

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    I finally got it all to update.

    I installed IE 7. I tried again and it worked. Automatic updates did it's thing as well.

    Thanks for your help Santa Rosa.
     
  15. NJPitcher macrumors regular

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    I know this is an old post but I'm experiencing the same problem - it's like windows update doesn't have internet. I am running vista ultimate, and it struggles to update anything (I've done the driver updates from the leopard cd). How did you manage to fix this?
     
  16. MM07 macrumors 6502a

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    Try setting up automatic updates and see if it does anything.

    Are you using IE 7?
     
  17. NJPitcher macrumors regular

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    I am using IE 7, and I can successfully check for updates (I have 53 to go) but I can't download them or install them. I know that when I shut off the computer it installed 3, but I don't know why it chose only 3 to install during shut down. I did manage to install the "windows update" update, but I'm having no success after that. I really wish games were cheap and available for mac so I didn't have to deal with this god awful OS.
     
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