original title: Is windows update not compatible with IE9!? (WIN7 32bit)
I realised about a week ago that my Windows Update hadn't successfully CHECKED for updates since 2 Nov and have since been searching for a resolution to get the last two weeks of updates. I have run hours of virus/malware/security checks to no avail...
and today I tried something else.
Today, I read to uninstall Internet Explorer 9 -- I've been using FireFox as my default the last few months (as IE9 became slow and cumbersome) so, I went into installed updates and deleted IE9 and HEY PRESTO! Windows Update started working again as soon as I rebooted my system.
Naturally this introduced other dramas - Microsoft Outlook would no longer work as there was no IE version remaining (Win7 didn't have IE8 to fall back on) so I needed to reinstall it. I guessed: Now I have 2 weeks of further Windows Updates, whatever the problem was should be fixed now, right?
It was a drama in itself getting IE9 to re-install... it kept failing. Research informed me to enter safe mode to reinstall, which worked a treat....
Only now Windows Update is back to its same error: "encountered an error trying to contact the server. Please try again later [Code 80072EFD]"
So, I'm back to square one with no Windows Update, unrequired IE9 (needed only for Outlook requirements); Firefox active and a potential security breach at any moment, although I have two virus/malware scanners running.
I really hope someone can help me either with a fix for Windows Update for Windows 7 Home Premium; or a way of installing IE8 or any other program that can give Outlook what it needs without blocking Windows Update.