Windows Vista keeps wanting to install the same update over and over. It is the Internet Explorer 8 for Windows Vista for x64-based Systems update.

This update keeps coming up even though it has been installed at least 15 times. Does anyone know why it keeps doing this/how to stop it?
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This issue can occur because of the corrupt content of the Software Distribution folder.

Rename the Software Distribution folder try to access the Windows Update site again.

How to rename the SoftwareDistribution folder in Vista -

1. Stop the Windows Update service (make sure you are logged on as an Administrator)

Start button || Control Panel ||System and Maintenance ||Administrative Tools
Double-click Services
(Provide the Administrator password or confirmation if prompted to do so.)
Right-click the Windows Update service and click Stop.

2. Click Start, type %windir% in the Start Search box, and then press ENTER.

Locate and rename the SoftwareDistribution folder.

3. Start the Windows Update service

Start button || Control Panel ||System and Maintenance ||Administrative Tools
Double-click Services
(Provide the Administrator password or confirmation if prompted to do so.)
Right-click the Windows Update service and click Start.

This procedure will erase your history on the Windows Update Site. Not important.

Reboot - without rebooting, the new folder cannot be successfully created.


TaurArian [MVP] 2005-2010 - Update Services
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MVP 1st July 2005- 30th June 2016
WIMVP 1st July 2016- 30th June 2017

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Last updated June 19, 2019 Views 11,906 Applies to: