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Update Not Working 80040154

Kieran Top

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#1
I been trying to update my Windows Vista but it comes up with that error while cheking for updates.
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Edit: This happened for a week now not since I installed Vista The reason it says Never checked is because I reseted windows update to see if that will fix it but it did not
 

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Kieran Top

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#3
A week ago
 

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Kieran Top

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#4
Hi anyone
 

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lmacri

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#5
Hi Kieran Top:

Extended support for Vista SP2 ended in April 2017 so I wouldn't expect that Windows Update would have delivered security updates last week unless it was a virus definition update for Windows Defender or a patch for another supported MS product like MS Office, MS Silverlight, etc. Open your IE9 browser, go to Help | About Internet Explorer and let us know the Update Versions - it should be v9.0.60 / KB4014661 or higher as shown below if you received the last batch of security updates for Vista SP2 and IE9 for the April 2017 Patch Tuesday updates (released 11-Apr-2017).

IE9 Version KB4014661 April 2017.png

When you post back also let us know if you have MS Office 2007, MS Office 2010 and/or the MS Office Compatibility Pack SP3 installed.
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Kieran Top

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#6
I was installing 200 plus updates and it failed and no updates are installed now but my anti viurs installed IE 9
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    16.3 GB
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    NVIDIA GeForce GTX 750 Ti Superclocked 2GB Vram
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    I don't know
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    1 Sony TV
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lmacri

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#7
Hi Kieran Top:

Am I correct that you recently performed a clean reinstall of your Vista SP2 OS? Vista's Service Pack 2 was released in May 2009 and comes bundled with the old IE7 browser, and if I remember correctly the first Windows Update you run after SP2 is installed should upgrade your browser to the original build of IE9 (Update Version 9.0.1 / KB982861) from May 2011. If the last security update installed for IE9 is KB982861 then your Vista SP2 installation could still be missing several years worth of updates.

There is a known issue with Windows Update on Vista SP2 computers and the initial "Checking for updates..." phase can hang for hours (or even days) if there are a large number of updates available for download. Please see the step-by-step instructions on page 1 of m#l's thread Updates not working, it has been searching for updates for hours in the MS Answers forum for a possible workaround. Depending on the last time Windows Update ran to completion on your computer, you might find that all five Vista SP2 / IE9 security updates listed in STEP # 2 [KB3205638 (rel. 13-Dec-2016); KB4012583 (rel. 14-Mar-2017); KB4015195, KB4015380 and KB4014661 (rel. 11-Apr-2017)] are currently missing and will have to be manually installed before Windows Update can run to completion and patch your Vista SP2 OS to April 2017.

As noted in those instructions, additional speed up patches will have to be pre-installed before you run Windows Update if you have MS Office 2007, MS Office 2010 and/or the MS Office Compatibility Pack SP3 installed.

If the instructions in m#l's thread don't work please post back and let me know what method you used to reset your Windows Update components.
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    HP Pavilion dv6835ca
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    Intel Core2Duo T5550 @ 1.83 GHz
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    Quanta 30D2 (U2E1)
    Memory
    3 GB RAM
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    NVIDIA GeForce 8400M GS
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Kieran Top

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#8
Hi Keiran Top:

Am I correct that you recently performed a clean reinstall of your Vista SP2 OS? Vista's Service Pack 2 was released in May 2009 and comes bundled with the old IE7 browser, and if I remember correctly the first Windows Update you run after SP2 is installed should upgrade your browser to the original build of IE9 (Update Version 9.0.1 / KB982861) from May 2011. If the last security update installed for IE9 is KB982861 then your Vista SP2 installation could still be missing several years worth of updates.

There is a known issue with Windows Update on Vista SP2 computers and the initial "Checking for updates..." phase can hang for hours (or even days) if there are a large number of updates available for download. Please see the step-by-step instructions on page 1 of m#l's thread Updates not working, it has been searching for updates for hours in the MS Answers forum for a possible workaround. Depending on the last time Windows Update ran to completion on your computer, you might find that all five Vista SP2 / IE9 security updates listed in STEP # 2 [KB3205638 (rel. 13-Dec-2016); KB4012583 (rel. 14-Mar-2017); KB4015195, KB4015380 and KB4014661 (rel. 11-Apr-2017)] are currently missing and will have to be manually installed before Windows Update can run to completion and patch your Vista SP2 OS to April 2017.

As noted in those instructions, additional speed up patches will have to be pre-installed before you run Windows Update if you have MS Office 2007, MS Office 2010 and/or the MS Office Compatibility Pack SP3 installed.

If the instructions in m#l's thread don't work please post back and let me know what method you used to reset your Windows Update components.
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Yes But I was Installing Updates Then It Falied And Came With This Every Time I Try To Check For Updates And I Rember Installing The Lastes Update Engine Thingy But I Try The Link

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Kieran Top

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#9
Hi Kieran Top:

Am I correct that you recently performed a clean reinstall of your Vista SP2 OS? Vista's Service Pack 2 was released in May 2009 and comes bundled with the old IE7 browser, and if I remember correctly the first Windows Update you run after SP2 is installed should upgrade your browser to the original build of IE9 (Update Version 9.0.1 / KB982861) from May 2011. If the last security update installed for IE9 is KB982861 then your Vista SP2 installation could still be missing several years worth of updates.

There is a known issue with Windows Update on Vista SP2 computers and the initial "Checking for updates..." phase can hang for hours (or even days) if there are a large number of updates available for download. Please see the step-by-step instructions on page 1 of m#l's thread Updates not working, it has been searching for updates for hours in the MS Answers forum for a possible workaround. Depending on the last time Windows Update ran to completion on your computer, you might find that all five Vista SP2 / IE9 security updates listed in STEP # 2 [KB3205638 (rel. 13-Dec-2016); KB4012583 (rel. 14-Mar-2017); KB4015195, KB4015380 and KB4014661 (rel. 11-Apr-2017)] are currently missing and will have to be manually installed before Windows Update can run to completion and patch your Vista SP2 OS to April 2017.

As noted in those instructions, additional speed up patches will have to be pre-installed before you run Windows Update if you have MS Office 2007, MS Office 2010 and/or the MS Office Compatibility Pack SP3 installed.

If the instructions in m#l's thread don't work please post back and let me know what method you used to reset your Windows Update components.
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Yeha I rember Installing The Updates Before The Links Are Purple and I rember This. I used This To Get Windows Update Working B4
 

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Kieran Top

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#11

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    NVIDIA GeForce GTX 750 Ti Superclocked 2GB Vram
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    I don't know
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lmacri

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#12
Hi Kieran Top:

Click the Start button, choose Run, type msiexec in the box and click OK. A window will open that displays the version number of your Windows Installer (also known as the Microsoft Installer or MSI) in the first line . The file is located at C:\Windows\System32\msiexec.exe.

Vista SP2 Windows Installer MSI Version.png

I think Windows Installer v4.5 was originally bundled with Vista SP1 back in 2008 so if your SP1 and SP2 service packs both installed correctly you should already have v4.5.x.
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    Quanta 30D2 (U2E1)
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Kieran Top

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#14
Hi Kieran Top:

Click the Start button, choose Run, type msiexec in the box and click OK. A window will open that displays the version number of your Windows Installer (also known as the Microsoft Installer or MSI) in the first line . The file is located at C:\Windows\System32\msiexec.exe.

View attachment 29550

I think Windows Installer v4.5 was originally bundled with Vista SP1 back in 2008 so if your SP1 and SP2 service packs both installed correctly you should already have v4.5.x.
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Yes I do I have version 4.5.6002.19424
 

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Kieran Top

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#16

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    NVIDIA GeForce GTX 750 Ti Superclocked 2GB Vram
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lmacri

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#17
I need The x64 version
Hi Kieran Top:

Forum Administrator Brink has pinned posts at the top of this Windows Update for Vista board with links to 32-bit and 64-bit installers for:

Service Pack 1: Why SP1 may not be available for you and how to get it
Service Pack 2: Download Available for Standalone Vista SP2

I'm a bit confused about what you've done to this point to re-install Vista SP2. If you go to Control Panel | System and Maintenance | System does it say if you have SP1 or SP2 installed? SP1 is a pre-requisite for SP2 so SP1 must be installed before SP2. From my 32-bit Vista SP2 computer:

WIndows Vista System SP2 Installed.png
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    HP Pavilion dv6835ca
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    Intel Core2Duo T5550 @ 1.83 GHz
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    Quanta 30D2 (U2E1)
    Memory
    3 GB RAM
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    NVIDIA GeForce 8400M GS
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Kieran Top

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#18
Hi Kieran Top:

Forum Administrator Brink pinned posts at the top of this Windows Update for Vista board with links to 32-bit and 64-bit installers for:

Service Pack 1: Why SP1 may not be available for you and how to get it
Service Pack 2: Download Available for Standalone Vista SP2

I'm a bit confused about what you've done to point to re-install Vista SP2. If you go to Control Panel | System and Maintenance | System does it say if you have SP1 or SP2 installed? SP1 is a pre-requisite for SP2 so SP1 must be installed first. From my 32-bit Vista computer:

View attachment 29553
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I have SP2 Screenshot_6.jpg
 

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    16.3 GB
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    NVIDIA GeForce GTX 750 Ti Superclocked 2GB Vram
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    I don't know
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    1 Sony TV
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lmacri

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#19
Hi Kieran Top:

Then please go back to post # 7 and try my suggestion to install the five speed up patches recommended on page 1 of m#l's thread Updates not working, it has been searching for updates for hours in the MS Answers forum as a first troubleshooting step.

Davide Bianchi's recent 15-Oct-2017 post <here> on page 62 of m#l's thread confirms that those instructions should fix the slow Windows Updates on a machine with a clean re-install of Vista SP2. As I noted in post # 7, you will have to include KB4014661 (Cumulative Security Update for Internet Explorer 9: April 11, 2017) along with KB3205638, KB4012583, KB4015195 and KB4015380 since your IE browser has already upgraded from IE7 to IE9.

The two main factors contributing to the "Checking for updates...." hangs for Vista SP2 (aside from hardware considerations such as 32-bit vs. 64-bit architecture, CPU speed and amount of RAM) are:
  • Microsoft has not performed regular purges of expired (superseded) updates in Vista's update catalog wsusscn2.cab since Win 10 was officially released on 29-Jul-2015
  • The Windows Update Agent (wuaueng.dll) v7.6.7600.256 for Vista SP2 has not been updated since June 2012 and is not optimized for computers with slower CPUs and limited amounts of RAM
As far as I know these Windows Update problems on Vista SP2 computer have nothing to do with the Windows Installer msiexec.exe.
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  • Operating System
    32-bit Vista SP2 Home Premium
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    HP Pavilion dv6835ca
    CPU
    Intel Core2Duo T5550 @ 1.83 GHz
    Motherboard
    Quanta 30D2 (U2E1)
    Memory
    3 GB RAM
    Graphics Card(s)
    NVIDIA GeForce 8400M GS
    Sound Card
    Realtek High Definition Audio
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    250 GB SATA Western Digital Scorpio WD2500BEVS 5400 rpm
    Internet Speed
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Kieran Top

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#20
Hi Kieran Top:

Then please go back to post # 7 and try my suggestion to install the five speed up patches recommended on page 1 of m#l's thread Updates not working, it has been searching for updates for hours in the MS Answers forum as a first troubleshooting step.

Davide Bianchi's recent 15-Oct-2017 post <here> on page 62 of m#l's thread confirms that those instructions should fix the slow Windows Updates on a machine with a clean re-install of Vista SP2. As I noted in post # 7, you will have to include KB4014661 (Cumulative Security Update for Internet Explorer 9: April 11, 2017) along with KB3205638, KB4012583, KB4015195 and KB4015380 since your IE browser has already upgraded from IE7 to IE9.

The two main factors contributing to the "Checking for updates...." hangs for Vista SP2 (aside from hardware considerations such as 32-bit vs. 64-bit architecture, CPU speed and amount of RAM) are:
  • Microsoft has not performed regular purges of expired (superseded) updates in Vista's update catalog wsusscn2.cab since Win 10 was officially released on 29-Jul-2015
  • The Windows Update Agent (wuaueng.dll) v7.6.7600.256 for Vista SP2 has not been updated since June 2012 and is not optimized for computers with slower CPUs and limited amounts of RAM
As far as I know these Windows Update problems on Vista SP2 computer have nothing to do with the Windows Installer msiexec.exe.
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I did that before but now it says that the updates are not for you system
 
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  • Manufacturer/Model
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    Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-3770 CPU @ 3.40GHz 8 Cores
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    Dell Inc
    Memory
    16.3 GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    NVIDIA GeForce GTX 750 Ti Superclocked 2GB Vram
    Sound Card
    I don't know
    Monitor(s) Displays
    1 Sony TV
    Screen Resolution
    1920x1080
    Hard Drives
    2x San disk SSD and an unkown HDD
    Case
    Dell XPS 8000
    Cooling
    3 Fans
    Mouse
    Logitech Hyperfurr G402
    Keyboard
    Logitech K120
    Internet Speed
    200 Mb/s Download 20 Mb/s Upload