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Need Help. Windows 8 fails on Windows Update

  1. #11


    Earth
    Posts : 106
    Windows 7 Home Premuim x64 & Windows 8 Enterprise RTM x64


    You're mainly missing out only on Defender definitions. You can download these through Microsoft's website.
    To get Update working, try resetting it.

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  2. #12


    New Jersey
    Posts : 114
    Windows 8.1 Pro X64


    Quote Originally Posted by eXcite View Post
    You're mainly missing out only on Defender definitions. You can download these through Microsoft's website.
    To get Update working, try resetting it.
    Didn't work. I am able to get Defender updates by using the Update feature with Defender.

    Eventually there will be updates for Windows 8 which is why I want to get it working.
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  3. #13


    New Jersey
    Posts : 114
    Windows 8.1 Pro X64


    I decided to try a reinstall of Windows 8 hoping that it would fix my WU problem. Well it didn't. But it did fix another problem I had. The new Task Manager wasn't showing my Startup Programs, now it is.

    I've had similar problems where something that was there all of sudden wasn't. Running sfc /scannow fixed all these problems except for the Task Manager one.
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  4. #14


    New Jersey
    Posts : 114
    Windows 8.1 Pro X64


    Microsoft Support solved my problem based on another user having the exact same WU error. Somehow carrying over Office 2003 when upgrading to W8 is causing the WU error. In my case I only had the 2003 viewers installed, Word, Excel, and Powerpoint. I don't know if any other version besides 2003 causes the problem. MS support is opening a bug on this.

    So if anyone has this problem uninstall your Office stuff and see what happens.
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  5. #15


    Posts : 106
    Windows 7 Ultimate, Windows 8 Pro WMC, OS X Mavericks


    So, the classic problem as in 99% other cases in Windows 8 (and XP, Vista, 7) - not a clean install but upgrade, and problems are always caused by some old (or third party) program or driver.
    Last edited by kizo2703; 22 Aug 2012 at 13:41.
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  6. #16


    New Jersey
    Posts : 114
    Windows 8.1 Pro X64


    Wish I had an option at this point to do a clean install with the upgrade version unless someone finds a way.

    When W8 is released Oct 26th I'll probably buy the version that let's me do a clean install. My system does not have a lot of things on it so going with a clean install will be less of a PITA.
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  7. #17


    Earth
    Posts : 106
    Windows 7 Home Premuim x64 & Windows 8 Enterprise RTM x64


    Glad you got your problem solved! Please mark this thread as solved.
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