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Windows Update: Error 0x8024400A? 

Deja Foo


My son came to me - yet again - with another slow, virus infested, computer. --So for what seemed to be the 10,000th time I wiped it, installed the factory disks, and went to Microsoft Windows Update. ...

Ooops! Error 0x8024400A!

Unusual Fire-Drill?


Amidst an unusual torrent of insane googled-advice on what that error actually meant, recollecting that the version of MS Windows was not yet laden with the most recent service packs, we installed them. Thereafter, all worked extremely well.

Lesson To Share


So despite the plethora of bad advice on how to fix Windows Update Errors (including installing some blatantly virus-laden software!), we wanted to share the fact that you should surely consider downloading + installing THE LATEST OS SERVICE PACK, first.

In this case, all we needed was to locate, download, then install SP3 for Windows XP.

Path To Nerdvanna


So today the operating system re-installation process for Windows is:

(1) BACKUP any DATA (not infested files, please) that you do not wish to LOOSE.

(2) If you do not have a driver CD from your manufacturer, then at least try to get a list of the machine's Vendor-Specific Hardware. (As required for Step 6, below.)

(3) Boot from your Operating System Install / Recovery media.

(4) Wipe your hard-drive. (The best way to do that is to REMOVE, RE-CREATE, and RE-FORMAT your OLD PARTITION.)

(5) Install your Operating System.

(6) Install your Vendor Machine-Specific Drivers.

(7) Locate, and / or download & install the most recent MS Service Pack.

(8) THEN Visit Windows Update as normal - all will work as supported, thereafter.

While you are at it, consider using Virtual Box... Why? First, if you can install the above under a virtual machine, Step 6 becomes absolutely unnecessary. --Better still, the NEXT time we need to re-install the locus, all I'll need to do is to restore from a snapshot, appliance, or folder. Recovery can be as quick as a drag-and-drop!

Enjoy your Holiday?!


-Randall


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