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today I installed Windows XP SP2 Home on a computer. I went to try to run Windows Update on it and was greeted with "The website has encountered a problem and cannot display the page you are trying to view -- error number 0x8024400A"

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I've encountered this kind of problem a lot of times. I remember when I worked at a computer repair shop 6 or so years ago I encountered it on a lot of computers running Windows XP. I never figured out how to fix it other than to do a reinstall of Windows. Googling for the error number never came up with any solutions either.

What is it that causes this problem and how do I fix it?

Edit:

Well, now I've installed windowsupdateagent30-x86 and that got me to where I can now browse a list of needed updates, but when I go to install updates I get the same generic error message, but with error number 0x80070715

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IE version....? –  ahmed Aug 18 '12 at 18:45
    
@ahmed IE6 -- the version that came with XP –  Earlz Aug 18 '12 at 18:46
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Since SP2 is no longer supported, the first thing to try would be installing SP3. –  Harry Johnston Aug 19 '12 at 21:57

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I too had this problem but after installing IE 8, worked for me like a charm. You could also try that and disable the security software temporarily if you have any.

Or this issue can be due to corrupted/incorrect version of IUCTL.dll file. Follow this article.

Hope it helps.

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I installed IE8 and that doesn't help any. Now, automatic updates seem to be working though, so I guess that's good enough –  Earlz Aug 18 '12 at 19:21

Microsoft support has a KB related to this error KB836941 I have also seen this error and even with no changes, the updates work at a later time. As @ahmed notes, it might be a good idea to update to IE 8 directly first and then try Windows Update again. Also, download the latest service pack directly if you have not done so manually Service Pack 3 Download

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Got this problem too on a VM I'm setting up for IE8 testing for websites. This was happening even after patching to IE8 and SP3 manually.

Googling around I found this blog post.

The guts of what is suggested is:

  1. I’ve downloaded newest version of Windows Update Agent for Windows XP (32-bit): http://download.windowsupdate.com/WindowsUpdate/redist/standalone/7.4.7600.226/WindowsUpdateAgent30-x86.exe
  2. I’ve stopped Windows Automatic Update Service (net stop wuauserv)
  3. I’ve stopped Background Intelligent Transfer Service (net stop bits)
  4. I’ve ran Windows Update Agent setup: WindowsUpdateAgent30-x86.exe /wuforce /norestart Ran net start wuauserv just to be sure Windows 5 .Automatic Update Service is started (actually it was started already by Windows Update Agent setup)
  5. I’ve started Background Intelligent Transfer Service (net start bits)

There are other suggestions listed at this MS link.

UPDATE: The following fixed the problem for me:

  1. Browse to http://support.microsoft.com/fixit
  2. Make sure the correct windows version etc is selected
  3. Select the topic "Install or upgrade software or hardware"
  4. Select the sub-topic "Windows Update"
  5. Choose the option "Fix the problem with Microsoft Windows Update that is not working"

This will download the fixit app to attempt to resolve the problem (note that it needs .net framework 2.0 so you can save time by pre-installing this).

In my case there were three areas that it fixed:

  • Service registration is missing or corrupt - Reset service registration.
  • Repair missing or corrupt files
  • Problems installing recent updates - Repair Windows Update
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Is the date and time on the computer correct? I've had websites, Citrix products, etc. go crazy all over the date and time being off. (Most likely cause being the date set to like 2004 or something, throwing off all the certificates that websites or Windows Update may use.)

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Fresh install of Win XP SP2, then update IE to 8, then install SP3: Windows Update failed to work.

So first I ran MS Fix it for Windows Update and then Thanks to Jon Egerton, I just downloaded and ran: http://download.windowsupdate.com/WindowsUpdate/redist/standalone/7.4.7600.226/WindowsUpdateAgent30-x86.exe

Fixed the problem...

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Back in November this was a definite way of fixing the problem. Since then, each IE rollup seems to leave the WAU system unstable and causes SVCHOST to do its 99% room heating services... It's now part of several items needed to get Windows XP update back on its feet. –  Fiasco Labs Jan 11 at 4:15

I tried all of the earlier answers, and still got the same error, although the Fixit tool claimed to fix two of the three items (couldn't fix the service).

I then just went to Automatic Updates in Control Panel, turned it off and clicked Apply, then turned it back on. Resolved - although the 'checking for updates' stage is very, very slow.

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As of December 2013, here's what was necessary to get a Windows SP2 system to clear all the issues with Windows Update.

On another system, manually download and burn to a CD

  1. Windows XP SP3
  2. Internet Explorer 8
  3. The latest Month's Internet Explorer 8 Rollup.

Install in that order.

  1. Windows XP SP2 has dead components that need to be replaced and a root cert list that's mostly expired

  2. Windows XP uses IE6 which is long dead and it's rotten stinking corpse no longer works well enough to upgrade.

  3. IE updates keep resurrecting the SVHOST 100% CPU Useage issue which means it takes forever on single CPU systems to get updates unless you install the last monthly IE Rollup update.

After applying all these, you might have to go muck with one of the fixit's out there for Windows Update issues, don't bother beforehand because you're attempting to fix the unfixable.

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See answer by @MrFridey as this is a moving target, his is more complete. Just had to do one today and I wish I'd had his list as I had to discover by T&E two more of the updates on his list. And Windows XP was darn flakey. If I'd had the full list it would have been such a miserable experience. –  Fiasco Labs Jan 11 at 3:35

I work for an IT company that specializes in business support. I've had a few of my clients that needed fresh installs of XP recently. This one was a bit of a pain to cut down but I was able to find what I think is the minimum amount of updates needed to be installed in order to get Automatic Updates working again.

I took the time to write a blog post on my website with detailed instructions so I hope it's okay to post a link here, and I'll post some more details below. http://www.geekallday.com/windows-xp-sp3-update-issues/

After doing a fresh install of Windows XP Pro SP3 I downloaded the following updates and installed them.

  1. Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5
    http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id...
  2. Internet Explorer 8
    http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/upgrade-your...
  3. Update for Windows XP (KB927891)
    http://support.microsoft.com/kb/927891
  4. Windows Update Agent 3.0
    http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb932139.asp...
  5. Security Update for Windows XP (KB2510531)
    http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id...
  6. Security Update for Internet Explorer 8 for Windows XP (KB2797052)
    http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id...
  7. Security Update for Internet Explorer for Windows XP (KB2799329)
    http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id...
  8. Cumulative Security Update for Internet Explorer 8 for Windows XP (KB2898785)
    http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id...

Hope this helps you guys out, if you didn't have to do a fresh install then you might only need the last 4 IE8 updates, Windows Update Agent 3.0, etc.

Here are the steps on what order and how to install these updates.

I recommend installing the updates in order; some updates are required to be installed before you can move on to the next update.

Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5: The First update you’ll install is Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5. Accept the agreement and press next until it starts installing. This update can take some time to install so please be patient.

Internet Explorer 8: The next update you’ll install is Internet Explorer 8. Most fresh installs of Windows XP SP3 come with Internet Explorer 6 by default. You’ll need to make sure you “uncheck” install updates as searching for updates is still non functional at this point in time. I suggest you reboot your PC after the installation of Internet Explorer 8.

Update for Windows XP (KB927891): This is the update to fix or prevent the SVCHOST.exe 99% CPU usage issue. First thing you need to do is make sure your Automatic Updates is set to off.. To check the status of your Automatic Updates go to your Control Panel, Switch to Classic View, double click on Automatic Updates and make sure it’s checked to off. If you had to turn Automatic Updates off, I recommend rebooting your PC. After the reboot go ahead and install this update. I would leave Automatic Updates off until the end of this fix; once you have Windows Updates working again I’ve had no issues turning it back on.

Windows Update Agent 3.0: Install Windows Update Agent 3.0. This update will fix the Error you get when trying to run windows Updates. If you attempt to run windows Updates again you’ll be prompted to install the latest addition of Windows Update. Go ahead and proceed with this update. The update will install successfully but you may notice that Windows Update will continue to loop while searching for updates. If that’s the case you can proceed with the next set of updates.

Internet Explorer 8 Security Updates: If you’re still having issues with Windows Updates looping while checking for updates you should continue with the installation of the remaining 4 Internet Explorer 8 security updates. After installation of all updates you should now have a working Windows Update session.

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Oh, god the looping! Thanks for ressurecting the nightmare. I was hoping to forget it, not be reminded 2 hours later. I'm refurbishing our old junk for use by employees. Wish I had your list today. I think I've done my last Windows XP install for the rest of eternity. The rest are getting DBANned from existence and sent to eCycle. Windows XP is flaky, shaky and getting pretty nasty to work with. –  Fiasco Labs Jan 11 at 3:38
    
Another thing that loops is that WGA thing, I've had it happen twice. Basically cancel it out every time it asks to install, otherwise it hangs forever with an interminable 80% on the gas gauge. The final batch of updates will have only it and Bing desktop, Bing bar, etc misc that you don't want. Choose only Windows Genuine Advantage and it does a non-interactive install. Woo hoo! e-Cycle begins tomorrow, no more WinXP installs! –  Fiasco Labs Jan 15 at 6:26

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