I have recently carried out a new re-install of Windows XP. Routinely after completion I carried out an update. Checking afterwards via the Control Panel I established that my security system was all ticked in green i.e. everything including Auto-update was apparently functioning. Then I found that W Defender could not install definition updates - error code 0x80004002. I tried installing them manually having installed Installer 3.1 v2 beforehand but no success. On the Windows Update site I tried to manually download again only to find that there were 89 security and other downloads which had not been downloaded manually or otherwise despite the green ticks on the W Security Centre panel. Automatic Update is NOT working. How can I get it going again?
Thank you Fruit Bat/\0/\. I really thought this would be the answer but am still at square one with 89 items still not installed although it all goes through the motions of installing. Status of Background Intel... and Automatic Downloads is "Started" and "Automatic". I stopped them both and then restarted them and all that worked but still no download. Bit of a puzzler! Somewhere between "Installing Updates" showing it all taking place and being completed and the next statement that not all downloads have been installed - none in fact - something happens to stop it all happening. I will try XP in repair mode and send a further post if not successful.
Thank you all for your comments. The curious thing is that Installing Updates functions initially - green bar verifying download; "Updates are being downloaded and installed";Installation Status - Downloading Security Update...(update 26 of 89)...done! etc. This completes at 89 and then installation proceeds only to be followed by "Unable to install some downloads" - none in fact. Had registration not been accepted surely download would not have commenced? Sorry to persist but security is compromised.