More XP fresh installs where Windows Update breaks


It happened again last night with a fresh install on a Dell with an XP SP2 disk. After various troubleshooting steps, I finally got it to work.

It is clear that something in one of the various patches to XP is breaking Windows Update. My concern is that Microsoft may be slow to deal with it since this is an operating system on the way out. However, at this time it is still the second most used OS on the planet. If something done on the Microsoft end is hosing fresh installs, then they need to hop on it ASAP.

They also need to get some Fix-it tools that actually work — and redo their existing ones to QUIT SENDING PEOPLE TO A WEB PAGE ANNOUNCING THE BETA PROGRAM IS CLOSED. Seriously, the tool offers to send you online for more help for your unfixed problem, makes you go through entering in a verification code to get to the page — and then takes you to a page where to be told tough luck.

http://fixitcenter.support.microsoft.com/Portal

Laughable…

UPDATE: I just did another install of a Dell machine and had no issues. The only things I did differently were to use a freshly downloaded version of SP3 and a full install version of .NET 3.5 SP1 (not the web update version).

So far, so good…

So, maybe MS fixed whatever update was causing the hosing of the entire Windows update system on their end. Or, maybe something needed by .NET 3.5 SP1 wasn’t getting grabbed/installed properly using the web update version. I don’t know. All I can say is that it worked the last time I tried it. Yippee!

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