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    Windows Updates Failing 0x80072EFD

    My windows updates are failing with error - 0x80072EFD (connection errors)

    I get to the update site no problem, it scans, finds 44 updates then at the download stage just sits there and times out.

    I have checked proxy/firewall but nothing has changed. I have reset BITS etc with the MS batch file and I have even visited the test link and can download the test file. I also have the latest version of BITS.

    Anone know of any other things I can try?

    Thanks

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    I have been experiencing this on a few of our PCs over the past month or so. It will occasionally successfully grab an update or two, or pick some up through auto update.

    The weird thing with mine is that the updates work perfectly on my laptop through my home connection, but not through the school

    Synetrix say it's nothing to do with them, but nothing has changed otherwise.

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    Have you been through the microsoft steps?

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

    I've also hear of this problem when the proxy server is not set to default (run proxycfg -u). thats assuming of cause that you use a proxy server.
    Last edited by Westfield_Techie; 18th September 2009 at 10:16 AM.

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    Thanks all, I have tried the MS steps and proxy settings. It seems to have gone pear shaped after it picked up SP3 as all updates were going on up untill then.

    Should have said its a brand new laptop and I didnt have a SP3 slipstreamed XP disk on me so it had to get SP3 via WU.

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    Just tested WU on another PC and it worked fine so it is something specific on this laptop.

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    Are you connecting wirelessly? have you tried wired?

    is the laptop plugged in (power)? some updates require that.

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    Plugged in and on a wired connection and still failing with the same error

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    Unhappy

    Really sorry, I've got to the end of my knowledge.

    Good luck

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    Yes, having the same problem even if I bypass the proxy! I tried the following after taking the machine out of the domain and it worked for me:
    Clean up Windows Update temporary folder
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    One possible cause is that the temporary folder for Windows Update is containing corrupted files.

    1. Click Start, Run, type: cmd and press Enter. Please run the following command in the opened window.

    Net stop WuAuServ

    2. Click Start, Run, type: %windir% and press Enter.
    3. In the opened folder, rename the folder SoftwareDistribution to Sdold.
    4. Click Start, Run, type: cmd and press Enter. Please run the following command in the opened window.

    Net start WuAuServ

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    Quote Originally Posted by Great_Scott View Post
    Yes, having the same problem even if I bypass the proxy! I tried the following after taking the machine out of the domain and it worked for me:
    Clean up Windows Update temporary folder
    =======================================
    One possible cause is that the temporary folder for Windows Update is containing corrupted files.

    1. Click Start, Run, type: cmd and press Enter. Please run the following command in the opened window.

    Net stop WuAuServ

    2. Click Start, Run, type: %windir% and press Enter.
    3. In the opened folder, rename the folder SoftwareDistribution to Sdold.
    4. Click Start, Run, type: cmd and press Enter. Please run the following command in the opened window.

    Net start WuAuServ
    I was going to suggest that as well as re registering the windows update services files see attached ppt with instructions ( not sure if the url's mentioned are up to date though )
    Attached Files Attached Files

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    Any reason why you're not using WSUS 3.0 Chris? Generally I'd also recommend you disable Anti-Virus and any software Firewalls and see if this helps.

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    Try dial a fix
    http://wiki.lunarsoft.net/wiki/Dial-a-fix

    sorted a few machines out for me that had update problems,
    cheers Mark

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    I had this problem just the other day with a Dell XPS. After much hair tearing and following all the steps mentioned above it seemed that installing SP3 from Windows Update broke my ability to download further updates. I tried reinstalling from a Windows XP Pro SP2 disc and then installed SP3 from a downloaded executable (Download details: Windows XP Service Pack 3 Network Installation Package for IT Professionals and Developers) and this did the trick. Hope that is of some help

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    Quote Originally Posted by Michael View Post
    Any reason why you're not using WSUS 3.0 Chris? Generally I'd also recommend you disable Anti-Virus and any software Firewalls and see if this helps.
    The Laptop will be ghosted after and in the past I have had issues with WSUS and SIDs + its quicker just to head straight to WU and download.

    And same again, no AV for the same reasons and FW is the first thing I turn off when building an image.

    Thanks for your help all, im back in the school tomorrow so will give them a go and report back.

    Chris

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    Same for me Nickje!!! All was well up to the SP3 install then like Chris says it shows 44 updates but just sits there saying "preparing for download". I've tried everything on the MS KB's but all to no avail and I'm not using WSUS either because of many previous issues with it. What I did notice was that I was able to download and install updates one by one but who has time for that!

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