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    Unhappy Windows Update fails on Vista

    I've been having a problem with Windows Update for some time and I always get one of two error messages, either one reporting an unknown error (the code doesn't seem to have an entry in Microsoft KB) or one telling me I don't have admin rights, which I do. (I am the only user on the machine, apart from the guest account.) The first message generally comes up the first time I try Windows Update and the second one generally appears on subsequent attempts.

    I have searched for solutions to this and have tried various things, including:

    • Stopping some services (I don't remember which ones) and deleting the update folder from c:\windows.
    • Unlocking the "super-admin" account and updating using that. (I still get the "no admin rights" message when I do this.)

    Are there any other things I could try?

    [I'll try to add the error code I'm getting to this post at some point but, as I said, it doesn't seem to yield any KB results.]
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    What "super admin" account?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Midknyte View Post
    I'll confirm the error number ASAP but that one looks like it might be the one I got.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sterling_Aug View Post
    What "super admin" account?
    See http://www.technize.com/2007/07/20/u...windows-vista/
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    It’s a kind of superadministrator, akin to the root account in Unix,
    Technically, it's not a "super" admin. It's a superuser. Superuser is another name for root in unix. That why you sudo to root. super user do. But that's just splitting hairs...

    http://www.computerperformance.co.uk...r_activate.htm

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    Quote Originally Posted by Midknyte View Post
    Technically, it's not a "super" admin. It's a superuser. Superuser is another name for root in unix. That why you sudo to root. super user do. But that's just splitting hairs...

    http://www.computerperformance.co.uk...r_activate.htm
    Thanks. As a long-time Ubuntu user, I'm aware of the meaning of "sudo" in Unix/Linux, but that link's very helpful.
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