- I was constantly being reminded (by my antivirus software, ESET) that my operating system was out of date. Yes, thank you, I’m aware.
- Working for an IT company, I understand the importance of keeping your computer operating system fully patched. The last thing I want is my system to become infected with malware thanks to a vulnerability that would’ve been addressed had Windows Update worked properly.
- I prefer seeing the green shield icon and message saying there are “no important updates available” versus the red shield saying the updates were not installed.
Searching for a resolution for the Windows Update error code I was getting was no help. Attempting to install the updates one by one didn’t make a difference either, and if anything, the individual attempts lead to more confusion by throwing another error message into the mix: “The expected version of the product was not found on your system.”
At that point I was just annoyed – why was I being prompted to install these updates if they weren’t for software I had on my system? (It was for Microsoft Office 2007, by the way.)
After browsing through a few Microsoft Support threads related to Windows Update issues, I (finally) came across a potential fix for my problem.
Windows Update Troubleshooter to the Rescue!
In the event that you run into a similar situation and Windows Update fails to install any updates from Microsoft, I suggest giving the following a shot:
- Click 'Start'
- Type in ‘Troubleshooting’ and click Enter. (FYI: The option is in the Control Panel -> Under Systems and Security, click ‘Find and fix problems’)
- Click ‘Fix problems with Windows Update’
- Click ‘Next’ and let the troubleshooter do its thing.
After all is said & done with the troubleshooter, try running Windows Update again. That did the trick for me and now my system is fully patched and up-to-date!
Did it work for you too?
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