Automatic updates fail after installation of Windows XP SP3

After the installation of Windows XP Service Pack 3 (SP3), you might face some trouble with the Automatic Updates feature in Windows XP. In my case, I wasn’t able to install new updates.

An example of the error I got was:

Security Update for Windows XP with Windows Media Format Runtime 9.5 and 11 (KB941569) failed

The solution for this problem is re-registering some DLL-files. The steps below fix the problem if auto updates fail after a fresh install of Windows XP SP3

Open Start, Run, and run these commands, one by one:

regsvr32 /s wuapi.dll
regsvr32 /s wuaueng1.dll
regsvr32 /s wuaueng.dll
regsvr32 /s wucltui.dll
regsvr32 /s wups2.dll
regsvr32 /s wups.dll
regsvr32 /s wuweb.dll

You can also open Notepad, paste the above commands, save the file as RepairAU.bat, and run RepairAU.bat. This should save you approximaticaly 20 seconds of your lifetime :-)

Next time you open Windows Update / Microsoft Update, you should have no problems installing new updates.

Note: I surely believe Microsoft feels very sorry for this bug in SP3, and they really want to offer a hotfix for this problem, but since this hotfix would be offered by Automatic Updates, that won’t make much sense :-)

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David
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Thanks so much–this worked perfectly! I’ve been messing around on Microsoft’s support site for a couple of hours and got nada on this problem.

The Gummibear
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Fantastic! Thanks so much for this information. This problem has plagued me for weeks and it is great to get one more glitch out of the way. Many thanks again. The paste commands to notepad created the program and it ran perfectly in DOS. Cheers

NIKOS PATSIS
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GONGRATULATION, YOU MAKE GOOD JOB SO I ADD YOUR SITE TO FAVORITES WITH *****

TannerXD_U.S.Amsterdam_RayKaze
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TannerXD_U.S.Amsterdam_RayKaze

tyvvm this reAlly helped me
now all i need to do if i get that problem again is run the bat
and im done !!!!!!

Chip
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I think I just found my answer here:

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/943144

Imagine an answer from Microsoft. I’ll let you know if it actually works.

Chip
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I have had this same problem but with one difference: I run XP64 and the problem started when I updated to SP2. XP 64 does not have a SP3 available.

Would anyone know if my problem wuld this be the same issue?

Thanks,

W4nkrosoft
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Just because Automatic Updates can’t deploy it doesn’t mean they shouldn’t offer a patch. Microsoft are some proper w4nkers for forcing others to do their work for them. Last time I checked, their software wasn’t open source! >:(

Jim
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Hello,

When trying to put my laptop in to standby or hibernate, lately, I get eht following message:

The service ‘Microsoft .Net Framework v.1.0.3705 Update’ is preventing the machine from entering standby. Try stopping this service and try again.

Now I can only shut down my machine. Please help. What do I do to make Standby and Hibernate work again?

Thanks.

mahesh
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Thank you very much for ur post & sharing a fix that must have been fairly time consuming.god bless you more everyday.

Simon
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Thanks a lot!! it worked like a charm!

J
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Great fix! Unfortunately I have to do this everytime I try to update something. It doesn’t fix things once and for all. :/

Frank
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Thank you so much.
Looked around at MS support sites found nothing.
Tried google – found this – did it – worked!

Bob
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What a quick and easy fix for that persistent and annoying update problem. Thank you!

Forsberg.21
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WOW! A 100% Works! Awesome Tip! A Million Thanks! :-))

Remy
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Thanks worked like a charm!

Eric
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Fixed five pc’s with this all in one shot – thanks much!

Jose
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This is awesome… i was like… OMG… i don’t want to have to download and install every one of these. Then I found your site, re-applied the dll’s and vioala!

Eduardo
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You’re a lifesaver!
MS really needs to get this toghether.

Vassa
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GOLD!! That was really pi$$ing me off. Thanks.

kat
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Thank you thank you thank you.
I echo Andrew’s sentiments, “Too bad Microsoft hasn’t figured a way to put this in their help section.”
Thank goodness for Google – that’s how I found your fix!

Stephen
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Great fix, been looking at MS fixes for a week and was starting to run out of patience. Had not come accross itexperience.net before but will check it in the future.
Thanks for sharing a fix that must have been fairly time consuming.

Laurent
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Thanks!

Happy that peoples like you exists on tis Earth :)

Richard
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Add my Thank You Very Much to the rest. But, I wonder why the problem exists on some XP SP3 installations, but not the other? For example, my old Toshiba laptop hasn’t had the problem; but, my new MacMini BootCamp XP SP3 install update did?

Duinkonijn
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Tnx :P 8)7

Damon
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Thank you so much!!

:notworthy:

Kevin
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Beautiful! that’s a huge life saver!!! you’re my hero.

Andrew
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Awesome. Worked perfectly. Too bad Microsoft hasn’t figured a way to put this in their help section. Thanks!

Graham
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Brilliant! I’ve been looking for a solution for two months since I installed SP3 on my HP laptop. None of them worked, but this one did, and now I’m up to date. Thanks a bunch!

antonello
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Very good,
I had the suspect it was for Sp3.. but
I wouldn’t belive it
Thank you :-)

Steve
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Thanks m8!

tinus
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Great, this fixed my problem!

Steve
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Thank you! You saved me from pulling my hair out (at least what I have left)!

CaTs
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Thank you very much for ur post. I just ran it like u said and it worked great.

Anne
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I think this is going to work. Thanks

June Hur
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I’m suffering same problem for several days.
I really appreciate for your tip.

LcAncio
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excellent. thanks for your smart contribution. god bless you more everyday.

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