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Windows 8 Pro Won't install Stand-Alone Updates.

  1. #1

    Posts : 2
    Windows 8 - x64Bit

    Windows 8 Pro Won't install Stand-Alone Updates.


    I'm using Windows 8 Pro. 64-bit.

    Windows update works fine, no problem there...BUT... When I download a stand-alone update (from the Windows download center), it will NOT run/open/install the downloaded stand-alone updates (*.MSU files).

    I've also looked under the " Control Panel\All Control Panel Items\Default Programs " and the associated file type/protocol has changed to UniversalExtractor.
    I've uninstalled it - it didn't help.

    Even tried to associate it to the Update Installer (wusa.exe), which of course got a popup saying " it cannot be associated with this program ".
    same goes by trying to associate with pkgmgr.exe and/or msiexec.exe association (by trail & error) didn't work either.

    (hoping to avoid a windows 8 refresh that will also destroy everything already installed except the store app's).

    ANY help to resolve the matter will be greatly appreciated.

    With Utmost Respect,

      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  2. #2

    Posts : 22,577
    64-bit Windows 10

    Hello NovaStar, and welcome to Eight Forums.

    If you like, you could download and merge the .reg file for the listed .msu option in the tutorial below. It will restore the default associations for .msu files.

    Default File Associations - Restore in Windows 8

    Hope this helps,
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  3. #3

    Posts : 2
    Windows 8 - x64Bit

    Hi again,

    Thank You so very much Shawn. Your link did the trick and it's working.
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  4. #4

    Posts : 22,577
    64-bit Windows 10

    Great news. You're most welcome.
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

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