Windows Update Problems

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Some quick fixes for some Windows Update issues

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Clearing the Windows Update Cache

The issue came about after imaging my PC. I discovered that windows update would fail when attempting to update Office SP1.

This can happen if partitioning has been changed, re-sized, cloned, or otherwise modified.

To resolve this problem attempt clearing the Windows Update cache, and then Check for updates again.

How to clear the Windows Update cache

1. Click Start, click All Programs, click Accessories, right-click Command Prompt, and select Run as Administrator.
2. Click Continue or provide Administrator credentials as needed.
3. In the Command Prompt window type the following and press Enter after each line:
net stop wuauserv
ren %windir%\SoftwareDistribution SoftwareDistribution.OLD
net start wuauserv

exit

4. Now click Start, click All Programs, and then Windows Update.
5. Then click Check for updates, and attempt reinstalling the failed update.

This wiki tutorial is incomplete.

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