How to remove failed updates in xp

Written by greg lindberg
  • Share
  • Tweet
  • Share
  • Pin
  • Email
How to remove failed updates in xp
(Comstock Images/Comstock/Getty Images)

The Windows XP operating system allows you to update your computer with new updates using the Automatic Updates feature. If you have any updates that fail to download for any reason, you can remove the failed updates by removing and reinstalling all Windows Updates. Uninstalling successfully updates will not harm your computer but you must make sure that the Automatic Update feature is turned on so that all updates become reinstalled.

Skill level:


  1. 1

    Click “Start” and select “Run.” Type “services.msc” into the “Open” field and then click “OK.”

  2. 2

    Right-click on the “Automatic Updates” option and click “Stop.” Right-click on the “Background Intelligent Transfer Service” option and click "Stop.” Close out of the dialogue box.

  3. 3

    Click "Start" and select "My Computer.” Click on the “C” drive option and open the “Windows” folder.

  4. 4

    Right-click on the “SoftwareDistribution” folder and click on the “Delete” option. Close out of the dialogue box.

  5. 5

    Click “Start” and select “Control Panel.” Click the “Automatic Updates” option and select the “Automatic (recommended)” option.

  6. 6

    Click “OK” and the automatic updates will reinstall for your computer.

Don't Miss

  • All types
  • Articles
  • Slideshows
  • Videos
  • Most relevant
  • Most popular
  • Most recent

No articles available

No slideshows available

No videos available

By using the site, you consent to the use of cookies. For more information, please see our Cookie policy.