Troubleshooting failed Windows Update and Service Pack issues can be a trying and frustrating experience. Guest Writer Tibor Schiemann, President and Managing Partner of TuneUp, provides several solutions that just may help you resolve these problems
Windows Update is a critical part of Microsoft’s operating systems. However, it’s also one of the more fragile Windows components, with update issues among the most common problems that plague users. This can be dangerous because without some updates, PC users may find themselves vulnerable to security threats. These problems can’t just be ignored, so here are several troubleshooting tips to help get this feature functioning properly.
Why Windows Update Fails and How Users Solve These Issues
Windows Update involves replacing hundreds of files and depends on dozens of built-in components, such as System Restore, cryptography features, digital signatures, the Windows Update service, Windows installers, drivers and group policy settings. And Windows Update will fail if one of these components is defective, disabled or not set up properly.
· Solution #1: Microsoft is aware of this and designed a tool to help fix multiple component issues at once. Microsoft’s Fix It Solutionis compatible with Windows XP, Vista and Windows 7, and once installed, it correctly sets up the cryptographic service, re-registers broken file associations, cleans up the catalog folder and repairs important files related to Windows Update.
· Solution #2: If this solution above doesn’t work, the next step is installing the latest System Update Readiness Toolfor Windows Vista and Windows 7. This solution was released by Microsoft because, often, a bug in Windows, specifically the servicing store, has prevented users from installing future Windows Updates or Service Packs. But using this tool will allow users to immediately repair these issues—even if Microsoft’s Fix It Solution has failed.
· Solution #3: If the System Update Readiness Tool does not solve the Windows Update issues, try running TuneUp Utilities 2011’s troubleshooting wizard. Just install the product or its 15-day trial, go to the “Fix Problems” category and launch the “Fix common problems” wizard. Check “Windows Update does not work, since a previous restart is required” and hit “Next”.
If all else fails, Microsoft has a huge knowledge base of topics covering 11 methods for repairing Windows Update—the first five discuss the company’s Fix It Solution, while the others require some nifty workarounds that are explained in detail. It is also advised to temporarily disable any antivirus solution or firewall in order to proceed with the update, but don’t forget to re-enable them after the update is complete!
About the Author:
Tibor Schiemann is president and managing partner of TuneUp, developer of the award-winning Windows optimization software suite TuneUp Utilities. Tibor has been developing software for a variety of computers and operating systems for 20 years, and oversees technical product management and executive management at TuneUp. He is also a contributor to the TuneUp Blog about Windows.