Windows Update - Resolving Download Failed issue for MS09-025
In almost all cases, Windows Update (or preferably Microsoft Update) works accurately. I usually update manually right way without waiting on Automated Updates to start. Windows Update can be immediately invoked by selecting the Windows Update option found in the IE8 Safety Shield icon or other methods.
All work PCs were updated without issues for the June 2009 security updates. However, I encountered a rare error on our family PC at home. A total 10 of 11 updates were downloaded and installed properly. After rebooting, security update MS09-025 continued to experience "Download Failed" message. I noted a temporary folder on C: created by the June updates that may have been a factor.
After 3 tries using Windows Update, I then went to Microsoft Download site to manually download the MS09-025 patch. As a starting point, I searched using keyword MS09-025 to locate the specific update that needed to be applied. After locating the XP security patch, I downloaded and installed this patch manually outside of the regular Windows Update process.
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After successfully installing MS09-025 and rebooting, I reinvoked Windows Update to ensure there are no updates left to be applied. This final step ensured the special manual update process was successful. We are now properly up-to-date at home with these important protective patches.