I just recently wiped one of my test machines clean and installed Windows XP (with SP2) and then installed SP3 to try it out before i install it on my other machines. Although the update went well, after I installed SP3 and then tried to install other Windows Updates (WU), they would all fail to install.It turns out the problem lies with the Update Manager (UM). I found a blog post here that tells how to solve the problem. You basically must upgrade to the 3.0 version of the UM and then WU will work. Uhm, ya – but SP3 doesn’t bother to do that for you. Really smart Microsoft … I was about to reinstall without XP3 until i found this blog entry. Perhaps you should consider makes UM 3.0 part of your XP3 update process? Here are the steps:
- Manually download the UM 3.0. It is located here:
- Open a command prompt and execute the following commands:
net stop wuauserv
"/[wherever you downloaded the file]/WindowsUpdateAgent30-x86.exe" /wuforce
Don’t forget to include the ” marks if your download path has spaces.
net start wuauserv