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On decommissioning of update servers for 2000, XP, (and Vista?) as of July 2019


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3 hours ago, AstroSkipper said:

When I was assisting @Dave-H in restoring access to MU web site, I found a lot of users in different forums (actually it should be called fora) reporting that only unblocking of wuauclt.exe would help fixing several error codes relating to MU, but there were many users too without any success. Therefore sometimes it may help, sometimes not. I will test that next time on my old computer without MU patch. So my preliminary answer is rather no.

Well I haven't got it unblocked, and it all works fine.

My only relevant Firewall exemption is for HTTPSProxy.

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11 minutes ago, Dave-H said:

Well I haven't got it unblocked, and it all works fine.

My only relevant Firewall exemption is for HTTPSProxy.

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It's the same with me! But there are users who have to unblock wuauclt.exe, for example like @mina7601, otherwise MU won't work for whatever reason. :dubbio:

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7 hours ago, AstroSkipper said:

@cc333 Unfortunately I had to update my guide once again. Just as info for you! Kind regards, AstroSkipper

Understood!

I'll examine your changes and update my file accordingly (I'll have to send it to you eventually, but I'm in the middle of a big move, so I haven't had much time).

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6 hours ago, cc333 said:

Understood!

I'll examine your changes and update my file accordingly (I'll have to send it to you eventually, but I'm in the middle of a big move, so I haven't had much time).

No problem. Do it when you are able to! :yes: Furthermore I have updated my guide completely and now it should be in a final state. The biggest change is in adding new steps at the end of my guide, but I think you have to compare it to your last version completely.
Kind regards, AstroSkipper :)

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Well, everything is working fine for me now, but there's just this little tick which puzzles me:
I can call up Windows Update fine using Start Menu, but the same can't be done for Microsoft Update, because it redirects me to this site:
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A little help on solving this would be great and appreciated. I installed Microsoft Update using this guide. :)

16 hours ago, AstroSkipper said:

It's the same with me! But there are users who have to unblock wuauclt.exe, for example like @mina7601, otherwise MU won't work for whatever reason. :dubbio:

Well, when I reset my VM and done all the steps of your guide again (but manually this time), I got the same results as you and @Dave-H's: that it worked without unblocking wuauclt.exe.

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1 minute ago, mina7601 said:

Well, everything is working fine for me now, but there's just this little tick which puzzles me:
I can call up Windows Update fine using Start Menu, but the same can't be done for Microsoft Update, because it redirects me to this site:
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A little help on solving this would be great and appreciated. I installed Microsoft Update using this guide. :)

Well, when I reset my VM and done all the steps of your guide again (but manually this time), I got the same results as you and @Dave-H's: that it worked without unblocking wuauclt.exe.

Add http://update.microsoft.com to the list of trusted sites. Then it should work.

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On 3/24/2022 at 7:22 PM, mina7601 said:

Well, everything is working fine for me now, but there's just this little tick which puzzles me:
I can call up Windows Update fine using Start Menu, but the same can't be done for Microsoft Update, because it redirects me to this site:

In step 4 of my guide I wrote: 

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4. Configure Internet Explorer. Internet Zone to standard, Trusted Zone to high with only these three urls related to MU: http://www.update.microsoft.com, https://www.update.microsoft.com and http://update.microsoft.com

Therefore @maile3241's tip should work. BTW I made a shortcut in my start menu targeting this url: http://fe2.update.microsoft.com/microsoftupdate/v6/default.aspx?ln=en&g_sconsumersite=1

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1 hour ago, maile3241 said:

Add http://update.microsoft.com to the list of trusted sites. Then it should work.

1 hour ago, AstroSkipper said:

In step 4 of my guide I wrote: 

Therefore @maile3241's tip should work.

Yeah, you were right. I thought I had added this site to the list, but instead, It seems I added "http://update.microsoft.com." to the list, which caused this problem. :blushing:

Anyways, thanks, It's working fine for me now after adding it to the list. :)

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44 minutes ago, mina7601 said:

Well, when I reset my VM and done all the steps of your guide again (but manually this time), I got the same results as you and @Dave-H's: that it worked without unblocking wuauclt.exe

And that's exactly what I prefer to do in most cases: manually as much as possible to gain full control. Unfortunately it's not possible in all cases. One can say a bit "old school" but I take it rather than a compliment. AIO packages can be great but they are not my favourites.

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4 minutes ago, AstroSkipper said:

@mina7601 If I understood correctly, you did all from scratch, just for testing purpose? :dubbio:

More likely because you were right about performing it manually, so yeah.

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2 minutes ago, WinGlass said:

I made an XP VM and I swear I followed all the steps and I'm currently getting 0x80244004 on WU, I don't what went wrong...

Apparently the wuaueng.dll was not replaced properly. Copy the patched file to C:\Windows\system32\dllcache and to C:\Windows\system32. Of course, stop the Automatic Update Service beforehand. 

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