Windows Update: Some Updates Were Not Installed Error

Problem:  Installing updates on a new Dell box and after installing SP3, I get the “Some updates were not installed” error and no matter what I do, the updates fail.  At first, I thought this was any issue with SP3 again but found that others had the same issue with SP2. 

Solution:  Had to do a force install of the Windows Update Agent.  Once I did that, updates installed without error once again. Instructions below:

  1. Create a new directory on the c:\ drive and call it “update”
  2. Download the Windows Update Agent installer and save it to the newly created directory (c:\update).
    1. WIndows Update Agent download
  3. Go to a command prompt and type “C:\update\windowsupdateagent30-x86.exe /wuforce”
    1. the wuforce switch forces the reinstall. If you don’t use this windows will not continue with the installation.
  4. Go to Windows Update and continue patching your system.

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