Windows Thread, Tip: Repacking App and the SoftwareDistribution folder in Technical; Figured I'd post this one up as a tip as I've just discovered this little beauty with Windows update failing ...
3rd March 2009, 04:36 PM #1
Tip: Repacking App and the SoftwareDistribution folder
Figured I'd post this one up as a tip as I've just discovered this little beauty with Windows update failing on a machine.
Turns out that when I did a repack using DAMSIS (scriptlogic MSI tool) of a legacy application, I left in the SoftwareDistribution folder and data it had gleaned during the recorded install.
For anyone who doesn't know, this folder is used by Windows/Microsoft Update to store cabs, logs for installs, etc...
Anyway, long story short... after I repaired the application today, using the MSI, it broke the SoftwareDistribution folder contents and I ended up with an error code: 0x80246001 whilst trying to use WinUpdates.
If you've found this out the hard way, a "how to" for an easy fix is here:
... as I said though the ultimate fix may be to clean up any MSI installers which may have that folder and any data within it that breaks things.
3rd March 2009, 07:53 PM #2
The other thing I'd do with the Automatic Updates service stopped is to delete c:\windows\windowsupdate.log - it gets huge and if you need to refer to it, it's always easier to trawl through a smaller log file.
Thanks to srochford from:
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