From: Michel Merlin on
Thx "TaurArian" for your blog entry, permanent link "Upcoming Update for Windows Update" (Fri 10 Jul 2009 14:49, unknown GMT Offset), that announces "an upgrade to the two Windows Update and "Microsoft Update" services. As a part of the service upgrade, an update to the Windows Update and Automatic Updates client code will be required. We will start this infrastructure update in late August, and it will take a couple of months to complete..."

This prompted me to revisit , which failed as before, then , which this time caused installing a new ActiveX (said of 09 Aug 2009!) then installed correctly the 14 pending updates (On last "2nd Tuesday", 13 Oct 2009, MU stopped with an error *even before* starting updating itself or detecting Windows updates).

The adding of "www.", while unlikely the cause of fix, can't be totally excluded, and the continuous upgrade process mentioned in the blog will go on for months, so this post, in addition to a BIG thank to "TaurArian" for getting me out of this nightmare, is also to recall not to stop regularly trying the various entries, as long as you have troubles with Microsoft Update.

Versailles, Fri 30 Oct 2009 13:13:20 +0100

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Subject: Re: Windows Update Acting Up



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Sent: Tue 20 Oct 2009 07:19:52 -0400 (11:19:52 GMT)
Subject: Windows Update Acting Up

I have Windows Update set to 'Check for update but let me choose whether to download and install them'
Last week I hadn't gotten any update notifications so, like I always do, I ran WU. There were 12 or so important updates available although I wasn't notified of these. I downloaded and installed them.
Today, Windows Update AUTOMATICALLY downloaded and installed without my consent, even though The settings are still the same - to notify me.

Today's update was Windows Update Agent 7.4.7600.226.
Maybe the new update agent corrected the problem

What could have caused this?

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