History page notes they "failed" to load

leetyson

Member
Several days ago there was a large number of updates available to download. I allowed the system to update all of them. Three, KB974234, KB972581 and KB973709 it was shown on the update history page as failing to download.
Reading as to a possible solution, I tried to load them manually, saving those files to my desktop, right clicking on each, to run as an administrator. After each loaded I got a message telling me they were already installed on my system.
My question is why does the "failure" notice remain on my history page and how can I delete those three file entries?
Thanks much,
Lee
 

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Flavius

Expelled
Simplest way to reset WU history is stop for the moment Windows Update service and remove C:\Windows\SoftwareDistibution folder...
 

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leetyson

Member
Thanks for the suggestion.
I tried to both remove the file as you suggested by deleting it and also tried to rename it.
In both cases the action was stopped, telling me I needed permission to continue, when I gave that permission, I was told access was denied because the file was in use by another program.
I accessed the file (C:\windows\softwaredistribution) from the "start search" line by opening the start icon.
Lee
 

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leetyson

Member
Flavius,
I thank you very much.
Ran your suggestion in the default mode, that failed to clear the history, but the aggressive mode did the trick.
Lee
 

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