Can you explain why its doing this and tell me how to fix the problem? After I fought the problem for MONTHS, Arun Soman's solution finally solved my problem. My computer wouldn't let me rename the C:\Windows\Software Distribution folder (due to the Reporting file being in use) and so I created a new folder (named "Software Distribution NEW") and cut and pasted all of the files (except the Reporting file) from \Software Distribution into it. I have had nothing but trouble with Windows Update. Thanks you times 10 for your insight and for posting this solution!!!!Arun's little trick has very noticeably speeded up my Windows Explorer opening and other tasks on my computer. Steps I had to take: Install IE8 Turn off Automatic Updates Restart to Safe Mode (F8) Rename Software Distribution to Software Distribution 2 Restart normally.As Windows 8 has many unpatched critical security flaws by now, those not wanting to upgrade to Windows 8.1 should perform a clean installation of some other version of Windows (7 or 10).Hello, My computer will not allow me to turn on the windows automatic updates.As many companies have found to their cost, installing security updates can be the difference between a working PC and a desk-sized paperweight.Thankfully, although Microsoft has long since abandoned support for the operating system, Microsoft is still continuing to develop updates, even if they aren't strictly intended for Windows XP users.
First, there's no guarantee that this trick will keep working and the loophole could be shut down.
both of those "services" have to be enabled in order for windows automatic updates to work, and for being able to use the "microsoft update" website to install windows updates.. now that i see that you are installing "win xpsp3" on the computer, i assume that you will have to install a lot of additional windows updates, after that.. I now have SP3 but it still won't scan for updates on Windows Update site. How do I enable the background intelligent transfer service?
If the drop-down list in the Important updates section is greyed out and does not allow you to select an option, the Windows update settings are likely locked by an administrator. It is common for computers at a business or school to have an administrator lock on Windows updates, as well as other settings.
Windows 8 (not 8.1) stopped receiving updates after 12th of January, 2016.
Current users can upgrade for free to Windows 8.1 via Windows Store.