Posts Tagged ‘Update’

More XP fresh installs where Windows Update breaks

October 20, 2013

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.


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!


Finally, Windows update breaking in XP after a fresh install may be fixed. Here is the solution below:

October 19, 2013

I spent three late evening dealing with Windows Update failing on clean installs of both XP Pro and XP home on this older Compaq Presario I am restoring. The issue was BITS (Background Intelligent Transfer Service) kept being hosed by one of the updates. I tried darn near everything. I finally found that may be the solution here:

A poster named TheWraith517 offered a handy solution to restore the BITS registry items.

Here is his post (long, but worth it).

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TheWraith517 replied on

OMG lol ive fixed it, gawd how stupid was that : /

i was reading about a Windows vista issue with bits, and a windows 7, both had reg tweek ideas, couldn’t find an XP modification REG file so i made one..

if anyone can’t find BITS in their services and it shows up as this


and your unable to start the service

run this as a .reg file 🙂

reboot afterwards and bits should automaticly now be running

for Windows XP Only….

make a text file, paste the code in below, save it, right click select rename, name as bitfix.reg then right click and merge with registry (make sure no lines have odd characters at the end or spaces

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00





TheWraith517 Fighting OS Bugs Since 2000, Dos 6.22 Up To Win7

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Anyhow, I tried it — and the updates that kept failing are now loading.

Sir, I salute you! Oh, and let me plug your blog as a thanks!