How to Delete Failed Entries in Vista Updates

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How to Delete Failed Entries in Vista Updates
A user frustrated by failed Vista upates (Rajsun22/

Microsoft periodically issues updates to the Windows Vista operating system that fix issues reported by users. Most updates install automatically without any problems, but every now and again you may find that an update failed to install correctly for any of a variety of reasons. If you don't want to continuously receive notifications that the update failed to install correctly, you can manually delete the update from your list of available installation files.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy


  1. 1

    Open the "Start" menu. Type "Windows Update" into the search box at the bottom of the Start menu.

  2. 2

    Click the "Windows Update" icon at the top of the search results. Click the "View Available Updates" link at the right side of the window.

  3. 3

    Find the failed update in the list of available updates. Remove the check mark from the check box next to the update.

  4. 4

    Click "OK" to remove the failed update from the list. Close the window.

  5. 5

    Restart the computer to save the changes.

Tips and warnings

  • Windows Vista updates usually only fail if you are attempting to install several different updates at once. Try restarting the computer and then accessing the Windows Update window. Remove the check box from each entry except the update that failed, then click the "Install" button to see if the update will install correctly.
  • Microsoft recommends that you install every available update for Windows Vista to close any security loopholes that can leave your computer vulnerable to virus programs or hackers.

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