Microsoft Vista Updates not working

By Will_B ·
About 1.5 years ago I bought a New PC for my wife which came with Windows Vista Home/Premium installed on it.

At Christmas 2007 Windows update stopped working all on its own. For the past 6 months On again and Off again, I have tried to get Windows Update working again. I have read all the technical articles I would find and nothing.

Windows says to download updates, but with the windows update not working, i can't download updates. It is truely a catch 22. The program to download the updates doesn't work, and the fixes are all to use update to download.

I managed to download the executable file for Release 2 of vista (onto a xp machine and FTP to the vista machine). I installed the release pack and that worked fine.

However, Windows update on the Vista machine is still not working.
I have attempted to re-install windows vista, with no luck what so ever...

For Micosoft's Flagship operating System, not impressed as it has cost me countless hours of wasted time. Can anyone lend me a hand fixing Windows Vista's Windows Update procedure.

Any articals and support help I've tried from Mircosoft has not worked / helped at all.

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flagship OS

by Triathlete1981 In reply to Microsoft Vista Updates n ...

in my eyes, the flagship OS was XP and will probably never be better at least for workstations. anyway, are you the pc's admin? is your system time off? is the bios time off?

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See how you go with this

by Jacky Howe In reply to Microsoft Vista Updates n ...

You may encounter temporary connection-related errors when you use Windows Update or Microsoft Update to install updates

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Well with Vista this is supposed to happen

by OH Smeg Moderator In reply to Microsoft Vista Updates n ...

Because WGA thinks that you are using a Pirate Copy of Vista. So either the Product Key has been Blacklisted by M$ or this individual Product Key has been reactivated too many times.

You really need to contact the Maker of this Compute if it is a System Maker like Dell, HP or so on. If you have a M$ Branded OEM Install Disc you need to contact M$ for either a replacement product key or to get them to change the status of your Product Key.

As for downloading Vista Patches you can do this from the M$ download Center here


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You can try this Registry hack if you want, but back up your system first..

The registry tweaks to download previous versions Windows Vista Service Pack 1 do not longer have the desired results because Microsoft is already distributing the release candidate 1 of Windows Vista SP1 using Windows Update. The old keys that have been added to the Registry previously have to be removed and new keys have to be added.

The release candidate of Windows Vista Service Pack 1 should then be available via Windows Update. It might be that you will have to download some prior updates before the Release Candidate becomes available. It should be noted that this is only working on English editions of Windows Vista unless you tweak the Registry on non-English Vista editions to make Vista believe that you are using an English Vista.

Download the file Windows Vista Service Pack 1 Hack and unpack it to your Vista system. Executing the file will remove the old Registry keys that are no longer needed and add the new ones.

Another option would be to open the file in a text editor and manually remove and add the keys to the registry. Restart your computer afterwards and visit Windows Update. You will most likely be prompted to install three minor updates before you will see the Windows Vista Service Pack 1 in the list, those are:

* Update for Windows Vista (KB935509) - v1.008
* Update for Windows Vista (KB938371) - v1.028
* Update for Windows vista (KB937287) - Build 6001.17052

Make sure you restart your computer after each update even though you will not get a prompt to do that.

Now you will see Windows Vista Service Pack 1 Release Candidate 1 - Build 6001.17052 in the update list. Download and install it normally to update your system to Service Pack 1.

Please post back if you have any more problems or questions.

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