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    Windows Genuine Advantage update won't install (XP SP2)

    I have made 7 attempts to download and install the WGA update released along with the other Windows updates today. All updates other than the WGA have downloaded and installed correctly. There have been no previous problems with the myriad updates for WGA in recent times.
    Your advice would be greatly appreciated. Thank you!
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    Re: Windows Genuine Advantage update won't install

    Hi Dianne,

    Sorry, I've no idea about installing it, but why would you want to? From reading the posts at the GRC forums Windows Genuine Advantage can virtually be classified as spyware itself. I think once you install it there's no getting rid of it short of reformatting your hard drive. Someone who knows more please correct me!

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    Re: Windows Genuine Advantage update won't install (XP SP2)

    Have you checked C:WindowsWindowsUpdate.Log for the error code?

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    Re: Windows Genuine Advantage update won't install (XP SP2)

    Go to the MS Newsgroups , scroll down to the June 13 posts (you may have to go to page 2 or page 3) and expand the thread entitled "Do I need to reinstall update KB905474?" The solution posted by Robin Walker (MVP) solves the problem. This problem has been encountered by quite a few people. Note - MS Newsgroups are best viewed with IE rather than other browsers.
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    Re: Windows Genuine Advantage update won't install (XP SP2)

    Here is a link to the MS fix, the link is to the "EXE" file. I have run this on 2 of my machines and 3 client machines. It has worked on ALL of them. Just make sure you go and check for more updates until there are none.

    For KB905474, download directly version 1.5.532.2 of WGA Notifications from Microsoft Windows Update, which is a more recent version than the update available from Windows Update, and after install will solve the problem of error 0

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    Re: Windows Genuine Advantage update won't install (XP SP2)

    Thank you all for your advice. While I am sure that life may go on without WGA, it is a matter of honour (??) to beat these glitches. The MS fix solved the problem. It is indeed interesting to note that many have had the same problem- intrigued to learn why some are affected and the masses have no problem.
    The error code was 0x80242006.
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    Dianne

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