I have windows update keep failing over and over on trying to install visual studio 2010 service pack 1. But what is interesting is that visual studio 2010 is not installed on the this computer. This makes all the updates fail. Its very annoying and any help would be appreciated.
The cause of this is either
- Not enough free disk space
- Windows Update being snotty with SP1
In the case of point 1, that's easy to sort, but I suspect that you have sufficient disk space available for that.
In the case of point 2, as pointed out here, Windows Update is screwing up the updates, and the way to fix this is to use the stand alone installer from Microsoft, which can be found at: http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=23691
Here is another point you might find interesting, again, from that same SO post.
I had the same problem with later versions of Visual Studio (Visual Studio 2012, Visual Studio 2013), when trying to install Service Packs (SP2, SP3). Using the installer, it installed without problems.