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Old 03-28-2009, 09:48 AM
 
Location: Baton Rouge, LA
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I have a Dell laptop running Windows Vista, and Windows Update is set to install updates automatically. Lately, one of those updates (a security update for SQL Server 2005 SP2 (KB960089)) will not install; each time I run Windows Update for this one "important" update, I get a "Code 733f Windows Update encountered an unknown error"

The documentation is not much help; it merely says I can hide the update. So my questions are:

(1) Why would a SQL Server 2005 update be "important" from the standpoint of my laptop ? I don't use SQL Server, and when I looked at the Update History, the only failed updates were anything related to SQL Server 2005;
(2) How can I hide/bypass/turn off this update so that Windows Update doesn't think I haven't installed all updates ?
(3) Is the Windows Update product (esp for Vista) buggy ?
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Old 03-28-2009, 10:02 AM
 
Location: WV and Eastport, ME
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SQL Server is the underlying database engine for Access 2007. If you don't use Access, it won't matter.
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Old 03-28-2009, 10:48 AM
 
Location: Baton Rouge, LA
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SQL Server is the underlying database engine for Access 2007. If you don't use Access, it won't matter.
Ah - I do use MS Access a lot.
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Old 03-30-2009, 08:11 AM
 
Location: Baton Rouge, LA
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I still have a couple of questions about the SQL 2005 update:

(2) How can I hide/bypass/turn off this update so that Windows Update doesn't think I haven't installed all updates ?
(3) Is the Windows Update product (esp for Vista) buggy ?

Any help would be appreciated
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Old 03-30-2009, 11:04 AM
 
Location: WV and Eastport, ME
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This blog seems to have descriptions of several causes for this problem as well as several ways to solve it.

SQL Server 2005 Security Update (KB948109) fails to install with error code 0×773F – how to fix « blog.jemm.net (http://blog.jemm.net/2008/07/09/sql-server-2005-security-update-kb948109-fails-to-install-with-error-code-0x773f-how-to-fix/ - broken link)

The simple thing to try first is to disable the firewall while you install the update.
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