Category: Miscellanous “hacks”

Ever had the problem where Windows Update freezes during the download phase and won’t continue?
Check to see if BITS is running. If not, and it WON’T below

Try deleting the downloader cache files!

I’m not going to include XP users because:
1. I can’t remember the exact path
2. You’re still using XP, you’re a bit behind.

For Windows 7 users, the downloader cache/queue location is c:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Network\Downloader.
Inside this folder are .DAT files, remove them and see if BITS will now start thus, enabling Windows Update.
Note: This has only been tested for people using the Microsoft site, it “should” be the same for WSUS, but I can’t guarantee it.


Scenario: you have pc’s reporting in, and when you look at a hardware inventory, your Intel Core 2 Duo pc’s are showing up as PIII Xeon’s (sounds weird but it does happen).

Solution: Contrary to popular belief, this is NOT a SCE problem, but a problem that has been recognized and addressed by Microsoft. The WMI call does exactly what it should however, the processor is incorrectly identified. The hotfix is here. Keep in mind, this is a request-only hotfix, and only effects XP and Server 2003 machines.