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Windows Updates Fail on XP SP2

By cgmcdani ·
I am currently able to completely download the critical updates on my XP Pro SP2 Dell Precision 360 but the installation fails every time. I am not sure if it is related or not, but at about the same time, I noticed that when I try to look at the properties for my Local Area Connection i get the following message: "You do not have sufficient privileges for accessing connection properties. Contact your administrator." I am in the administrator group on my pc and I also get the same message when I log on as the administrator. Any suggestions? Thanks in advance.

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by BFilmFan In reply to Windows Updates Fail on X ...

Are you logged into the local workstation account with the administrator account and not just a member of the administrator's group?

Someone may well have removed privileges from the administrator's group.

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by cgmcdani In reply to Windows Updates Fail on X ...

I am in the administrator group and I get the message logged on as my username. I also get it if I am logged on as local or domain administrator. It does appear that the administrators have no more power than a regular user. I am not positive of that but that is how it appears. Any suggestions?

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by pierrejamme In reply to Windows Updates Fail on X ...

If your security is messed up, there is a good chance you have a virus.
Even worse your virus scanner might be compromised.
Click Start > right-click My Computer, and then click Properties.
Click the System Restore tab.
Select the "Turn off System Restore" check box and then click OK.
Click Yes when you receive the prompt to the turn off System Restore.

When you reboot, the system restore won't replace the automatically backed up file and reinfect you.

A good program to use if your Windows Virus Scanner is compromised is either NOD32 for DOS trial at:
Or Mcafee's Stinger at:
There is also a tool in the Pro version that might allow you to get your security back. I think it is secedit.exe, don't hold me to that. It has been a while.
good Luck,

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by AnswerMan In reply to Windows Updates Fail on X ...

Yup.. got an answer....

Everyone learn Linux, or start using Mac.. eventually the software companies will start producing software, that's all based on demand.

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by john_k_k In reply to

Service Pack 2 contains alot of security updates and system fixes. Personally, I think its the single best release of an update. The only problem is, without this update, many people experience the same problems as you. This is caused by a sasser worm virus that almost a.lways hits computers without this update. Although, this is attributed with the cannot run Isass.exe, I also have experienced the cannot install SP2 (although downloads), as well as internet connectivity problems. If you can run Windows Update and download the Malicious Security Update or run a mal-ware checker, you can remove the sasser worm. Unplug your internet and get a cd/dvd with service pack 2 as to not re-infect your computer. You can try and download the file then dissconnect your internet before running the malware checker.assuming all your drivers and all your registry items are correct as well. This has been helping me, but I am still currently troubleshooting my computer. I will update when I get my g/f's computer fixed.

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