Windows XP in Parallels won't update

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  1. iaddict macrumors 6502

    May 15, 2007
    I have shut down and restarted Windows XP numerous times, yet it still shows that I have 81 updates to be installed. This is everytime I shut it down or restart Windows. Can anyone tell me why the updates don't install, even though it says "installing 1 of 81 updates"?
  2. steveza macrumors 68000


    Feb 20, 2008
    Does it get to the point of installing 81 of 81 updates or does the reboot happen before that?

    Are you using a genuine copy of Windows?
  3. iaddict thread starter macrumors 6502

    May 15, 2007
    updating doesn't finish before reboot

    The updates never finish. The shutdown happens before all updates get installed. I am using a genuine copy of Windows XP, one I purchased. It just doesn't make sense. I keep getting more updates to install - now it's 81, but they never do install.
  4. iaddict thread starter macrumors 6502

    May 15, 2007

    I just clicked on the lower right hand corner that had the updates. It installed some but said that some updates were unable to install. All of them appear to be security updates for Windows. How strange???
  5. MM07 macrumors 6502a

    Feb 10, 2008
    I had this issue as well. The culprit was IE. After I upgraded it to IE 7, all of my updates worked flawlessly.
  6. ttriff macrumors newbie

    Feb 2, 2008
    I had the same problem a few months ago. Below is what I found searching. What worked for me was re-registering the DLLs (first section below). But I saved a copy of the entire thread as a reference..........

    Go here and see if it works

    fix any issues, then validate it.

    If it still doesn't work try this

    Re-register the Windows Update DLL with the commands below
    Click Start, click Run, type cmd, and then click OK.
    Type the following commands. Press ENTER after each command.
    regsvr32 wuapi.dll
    regsvr32 wuaueng.dll
    regsvr32 wuaueng1.dll
    regsvr32 wucltui.dll
    regsvr32 wups.dll
    regsvr32 wups2.dll
    regsvr32 wuweb.dll

    Attempt to run Windows Update

    Try this
    by tallin - 12/27/07 7:41 PM
    In reply to: Problem - Windows XP updates will downlaod but not install by Greatwazoo42

    I have posted this so many times on this site so here it is again and I hope it helps you out.

    Post back if you need more information as I have other help to give, but we will start with this.

    Step 1:
    Verify that your computer's date and time are accurate and that Internet Explorer language option is not empty.
    To check the language setting in Internet Explorer:
    1. Click "Tools" and then choose "Internet Options"
    2. Click the lanuage button
    3. Make sure at least one language is listed in the "Language Options" dialog.

    When checking your date (including the year) and time, also check the Internet Time and Time Zone. Double click on the date/time in the notification/system tray area (near the clock) select Internet Time Tab and then select update now. If it's not already checked, check automatically synchronize with an internet Time Server - WinXP.

    Step 2:
    Also check these settings:
    1. Tools>Internet Options> Advanced
    2. Scroll down to the Security Settings.
    3. Make sure that the two boxes are checked that say "Enable SSL 2" or "Enable SSL 3".
    4. Uncheck "Check for server certificate revocation".

    Step 3:
    Also delete Temporary Internet Files
    1. Tools>Internet Options >General
    2. Under Temporary Internet files, click Delete Files, Clck OK

    Step 4:
    1. Tools> Internet Options > Security
    Click Trusted sites, click Default level.
    Click the sites button and clear the checkbox "Require server verification"
    (http:) for all sites in this zone."
    Now add the following:

    If required, reboot and try Windows Update again. If still no success, have a look at the following links for more clues.

    Further information:

    You have mentioned error code notifications, but this information is valuable just the same if you ever were to bump into these problems.

    Error 0x800A138F

    The aim here is to help you solve this 0x800A138F problem and have you updating your Windows XP Professional or Home Edition computer as soon as possible.

    Windows Update has encountered an error and cannot display the requested page.

    Make sure you haven't got anything blocking Windows Update like
    Zonealarm etc
    Also make sure you don't have a Web Accelerator working in the backgound such as
    Net Zero
    Speedband etc

    Clear out your temporary internet cache

    Try a reboot and then try WU again.

    Are there any specific error codes that you do see?
    At what point does it continue when checking for the latest software, or when checking for updates?

    Still no joy, then try Renaming the SoftwareDistribution folder

    Click START, Choose Run
    In the Run box, type "services.msc. " (without the quotes)
    Click OK
    Right click the Automatic Updates service,
    Click stop.
    Stopping the service will take a moment.

    Rename the "SoftwareDistribution" folder :
    a. Click Start, click Run, type "%systemroot%" (without the quotes" and then click OK.
    b. Right click the SoftwareDistribution folder, and then click Rename
    c. Type SoftwareDistribution.old, and then press ENTER to rename this folder.

    Click START
    Choose Run
    In the Run box, type "services.msc." without the quotes"
    Click OK
    Right -click the Automatic Updates service
    Click Start.
    Starting the service will take a moment.

    Reboot if appropriate and try WU again.

    Note when you rename the SoftwareDistribution folder - you will loose your history but not important.
  7. hodgjy macrumors 6502

    Apr 15, 2005
    This will all be a moot point in a week. Next Tuesday, SP3 will be released. Just wait until then and download it. You can either install it over your existing setup or slipstream it in to your install CD. All will be good.

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