May 152008

Did you know that Windows by default holds a cache of the temporary internet files for 7 days? This means, when you run Windows Disk Cleanup utility the temporary internet files for the last seven days will not be cleaned up.

While this for sure is not a show stopper, it certainly is an annoyance. As ever, Windows registry is the place to look at and you can actually increase or decrease this caching days.

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May 142008

Windows XP SP3 installation may fail with the error code 0×80070005 and/or one of the following errors

Service Pack 3 setup error. Access is denied.

Service Pack 3 setup error. Service Pack installation did not complete

This is very likely a restricted registry permission in the Windows Registry. This could be caused an application like Antivius software which changs the System Access Control lists (SACL) causing this issue.

To quickly identify if it really is a registry permission issue check the

C:\Windows\Svcpack.log (or %windir%\Svcpack.log) for something similar to the following lines

DoInstallation:DoRegistryUpdates failed.
Access is denied.
Message displayed to the user: Access is denied

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May 122008

Automatic Updates service on Windows XP may be stopped with the following error

Could not start the Automatic Updates service on local computer. Error 0×80004015: The class is configured to run as a security ID different from the caller.

This can happen when your Windows XP clients download their updates from the WSUS server and is due to a permissions issue. The quickest and the easiest solution would be to reset the permissions on the Automatic Updates client and then try and detect the Automatic Update Server once again.

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