I had this. I booted in safe mode, renamed softwaredistribution (just in case) and that worked fine.
sidewinder (5th August 2011)
No rhyme or reason to this, but I ran that script a second time today, and it is now working! Very odd
mac_shinobi (10th August 2011)
Unless we're talking about standalone PCs, there's no reason why you shouldn't setup WSUS. I've set this up at every site I support and haven't ran Windows Update in a very long time!
If enough people are interested, I'll post a user guide step by step how to get it installed. You just need a minimum of 2003 Server and around 10GB of disk space (depending on what options you select).
We've been having the exact same problem with some laptops we've been trying to create a new image for - I was able to get onto the Windows Update site on them fine last Wednesday morning when I was testing something, however by Wednesday afternoon it was coming up with the redirect page.
I've tried all of the fixes in this thread as well as installing using Windows XP SP2 and SP3 cd's (and upgrading to SP3 with the SP2 cd), and nothing seems to be working! Quite frustrating as we were hoping to be using the laptops for some wireless testing this week...I was hoping that Microsoft would have fixed it over the weekend, but it still doesn't seem to be working..
Just came across this problem when trying to update an XP SP2 VM to XP3 - I ran the windowsupdateagent30-x86, rebooted and now it seems to updating OK.
I created a "Windows XP base image" a few months ago and have used it as the base for about six different laptop images. All it has on it is Windows and Office.
I tried to make a seventh image last week, installed the base image fine and I'd put on the drivers. Then as soon as I tried to update it threw up the issue of apparently not having service pack three on it despite the fact all other images made from this base image were working 100% fine with windows updates.
Not back in for two weeks but I'll try some of the methods given out in this topic when I do and will let you know how I get on. Never had the issue before and looks like I'm not the only one who has started having troubles.
Definitely something strange going on.
Spoke too soonI ran the windowsupdateagent30-x86, rebooted and now it seems to updating OK.
Although it would now allow me onto Windows Update site and seemed to working - when I came back to the computer today - all of the updates had failed - I retried XP3 alone and that failed. I tried a downloaded XP3 and that said get stuffed as well
So I update the original physical machine to XP3 (that works fine) and then re-do DisktoVHD and set up the Virtual Machine again
Rebuilt a machine with an SP2 disc yesterday, put SP3 on and then tried updates - got this failure.
Put IE8 on, and also ensured local time on the machine was correct, restarted and all OK.
But, my next move was good old wsusoffline/ -
I was having the same issue and all my usual tricks failed
Luckily I managed to find this link to an official Microsoft FixIt solution » How do I reset Windows Update components?How do I reset Windows Update components?
I download the fix and ticked the "aggressive" option. It re-downloaded some bits and then restarted the PC.
To my suprise it actually worked!
I had one last night, let it run automatic updates and a few reboots later seem to have solved it.
Any ideas what is causing it?
Getting this on 3 different images now, and cant get past it like last time
Will setup WSUS, although that was planned as a job to do at the end of summer, when all the urgent stuff like imaging had been done
> Click Start
> Right click on My Computer
> Click Properties
> Click on the Automatic Updates tab
> On the bottom click on the blue underlined phrase that says "Windows Update Web site."
I don't know why that works for me but it always does.
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