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  1. #16
    Harry Johnston [MVP] Guest

    Re: Windows update error code 66A

    Lakeflake wrote:

    > Yes, I've installed some programs such as MS Home & Student, Outlook,
    > TurboTax, printer drivers and Norton.


    Norton has a record of causing issues with Windows, this may have been the
    problem. (Or it may have just been Windows, it does indeed glitch of its own
    accord now and then.)

    Harry.

  2. #17
    Lakeflake Guest

    Re: Windows update error code 66A

    As I was saying, new computer, etc. etc. Had a little time available today
    and find out that Framework 1.1 is not installed on this computer, but
    regardless of that fact MS keeps telling me that SP1 is "Important" and
    should be installed. I can only surmise that the algorithm that MS uses to
    determine what items are needed on a computer is slightly out of synch with
    the real world. I've "hidden" the update and will not be making any attempt
    to install same until at least some program tells me that it needs Framework
    1.1 to run. I'm considering this case closed. Thanks for responses that
    were posted.
    --
    lakeflake


    "Harry Johnston [MVP]" wrote:

    > Lakeflake wrote:
    >
    > > Yes, I've installed some programs such as MS Home & Student, Outlook,
    > > TurboTax, printer drivers and Norton.

    >
    > Norton has a record of causing issues with Windows, this may have been the
    > problem. (Or it may have just been Windows, it does indeed glitch of its own
    > accord now and then.)
    >
    > Harry.
    >


  3. #18
    PA Bear [MS MVP] Guest

    Re: Windows update error code 66A

    You'd be MUCH better off beginning a new thread about *your* problem, LF,
    instead of posting another "Me, too!" reply to a thread started in Nov-07.

    You are not alone in being flummoxed by the vagueries of .NET Framework
    requirements, installations, and updates. However, this peer-to-peer
    support newsgroup is not the place to gripe about it.

    The above notwithstanding...

    1. Write down what .NET Framework versions are already installed before you
    go uninstalling/removing any of them!

    How to determine which versions of the .NET Framework are installed and
    whether service packs have been applied
    http://support.microsoft.com/kb/318785

    2. Now see Resolutions Methods 1 or 2 in
    http://support.microsoft.com/kb/923100 (ignore the title; includes the very
    same Stebner references you used before).

    If no joy, see this related post by my colleague MowGreen:
    http://groups.google.com/group/micro...76de7769d04493

    Otherwise...

    Start a free Windows Update support incident request:
    https://support.microsoft.com/oas/de...spx?gprid=6527

    Support for Windows Update:
    http://support.microsoft.com/gp/wusupport

    For home users, no-charge support is available by calling 1-866-PCSAFETY in
    the United States and in Canada or by contacting your local Microsoft
    subsidiary.

    For more information about how to contact your local Microsoft subsidiary
    for security update support issues, visit the International Support Web
    site: http://support.microsoft.com/common/international.aspx

    For enterprise customers, support for security updates is available through
    your usual support contacts.
    --
    ~Robear Dyer (PA Bear)
    MS MVP-Windows (IE, OE, Security, Shell/User)
    AumHa VSOP & Admin; DTS-L.net




    Lakeflake wrote:
    > MS if continuing it's track record of lousy support. I'm on a one week
    > old
    > HP Computer with Vista Ultimate on it and today was told by "update" that
    > I
    > need to install a Framework update. It will not install and comes back
    > with
    > an error code of 66A which as is typical of MS and tells me nothing. A
    > brand new computer, no registry changes have been made, all updates save
    > this one have been installed when the flag went up to install them (sorry,
    > didn't install the 35 various language updates). My old computer with XP
    > MCE encountered the same problems with trying to install updates to
    > Framework and I spent weeks trying to get the updates installed. Thanks
    > to
    > Aaron Stebner (sp?) finally got it straightened out, but not without many
    > messages back and forth. I don't see how MS can blame this problem on
    > users messing up machines, installs, etc. since this is a brand new
    > machine, unadulterated OS, running MS Vista Ultimate (not an upgrade
    > version but a full blown copy at $$$$$).
    > MS -- what is your defense?
    >
    >> When I try to install the update for .NET Framework 1.1, Service Pack 1 I
    >> get an error code 66A. I have searched for a resolution but can not find
    >> one. What can I do to resolve this?



  4. #19
    Lakeflake Guest

    Re: Windows update error code 66A

    Not to be crass but let me first say thanks for your response. Please note
    that as stated in previous note I'm finished with this thread -- and have no
    intention of trying to do uninstall/reinstall/cleanup etc. Framework below
    3.0 will not be installed on this machine unless Bill Gates wants to come out
    of retirement and come to my house and do it for me.
    --
    lakeflake


    "PA Bear [MS MVP]" wrote:

    > You'd be MUCH better off beginning a new thread about *your* problem, LF,
    > instead of posting another "Me, too!" reply to a thread started in Nov-07.
    >
    > You are not alone in being flummoxed by the vagueries of .NET Framework
    > requirements, installations, and updates. However, this peer-to-peer
    > support newsgroup is not the place to gripe about it.
    >
    > The above notwithstanding...
    >
    > 1. Write down what .NET Framework versions are already installed before you
    > go uninstalling/removing any of them!
    >
    > How to determine which versions of the .NET Framework are installed and
    > whether service packs have been applied
    > http://support.microsoft.com/kb/318785
    >
    > 2. Now see Resolutions Methods 1 or 2 in
    > http://support.microsoft.com/kb/923100 (ignore the title; includes the very
    > same Stebner references you used before).
    >
    > If no joy, see this related post by my colleague MowGreen:
    > http://groups.google.com/group/micro...76de7769d04493
    >
    > Otherwise...
    >
    > Start a free Windows Update support incident request:
    > https://support.microsoft.com/oas/de...spx?gprid=6527
    >
    > Support for Windows Update:
    > http://support.microsoft.com/gp/wusupport
    >
    > For home users, no-charge support is available by calling 1-866-PCSAFETY in
    > the United States and in Canada or by contacting your local Microsoft
    > subsidiary.
    >
    > For more information about how to contact your local Microsoft subsidiary
    > for security update support issues, visit the International Support Web
    > site: http://support.microsoft.com/common/international.aspx
    >
    > For enterprise customers, support for security updates is available through
    > your usual support contacts.
    > --
    > ~Robear Dyer (PA Bear)
    > MS MVP-Windows (IE, OE, Security, Shell/User)
    > AumHa VSOP & Admin; DTS-L.net
    >
    >
    >
    >
    > Lakeflake wrote:
    > > MS if continuing it's track record of lousy support. I'm on a one week
    > > old
    > > HP Computer with Vista Ultimate on it and today was told by "update" that
    > > I
    > > need to install a Framework update. It will not install and comes back
    > > with
    > > an error code of 66A which as is typical of MS and tells me nothing. A
    > > brand new computer, no registry changes have been made, all updates save
    > > this one have been installed when the flag went up to install them (sorry,
    > > didn't install the 35 various language updates). My old computer with XP
    > > MCE encountered the same problems with trying to install updates to
    > > Framework and I spent weeks trying to get the updates installed. Thanks
    > > to
    > > Aaron Stebner (sp?) finally got it straightened out, but not without many
    > > messages back and forth. I don't see how MS can blame this problem on
    > > users messing up machines, installs, etc. since this is a brand new
    > > machine, unadulterated OS, running MS Vista Ultimate (not an upgrade
    > > version but a full blown copy at $$$$$).
    > > MS -- what is your defense?
    > >
    > >> When I try to install the update for .NET Framework 1.1, Service Pack 1 I
    > >> get an error code 66A. I have searched for a resolution but can not find
    > >> one. What can I do to resolve this?

    >
    >


  5. #20
    thankful in Arizona Guest

    RE: Windows update error code 66A

    this update has been bugging me since I got this computer Jan 08. after
    finding your instructions and doing what you say - it finally is working!!!
    thank you!

    "This worked! A big thanks to DJCORT1!" wrote:

    >
    >
    > "DJCORT1" wrote:
    >
    > > The steps you need to follow are:
    > >
    > > 1) Run cleanup tool:
    > > http://astebner.sts.winisp.net/Tools...eanup_tool.zip
    > >
    > > and select remove (cleanup) .NET Framework 1.1 from the dropdown list.
    > >
    > > 2) Download the .Net framework 1.1 redistributable package from here
    > > http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/d...7-034d1e7cf3a3
    > >
    > > and install it.
    > >
    > > 4) Download the .Net Framework 1.1 Service Pack 1
    > > https://www.microsoft.com/downloads/...displaylang=en
    > > and install it.
    > >
    > > 5) Instead of using Windows Update, download the KB929729 package from here:
    > > http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/d...displaylang=en
    > >
    > > Install this Last!
    > >
    > >
    > > I followed the steps and the his windows update looks much healthier now
    > >
    > > Hope this helps!
    > >
    > >
    > > "topcat" wrote:
    > >
    > > > When I try to install the update for .NET Framework 1.1, Service Pack 1 I get
    > > > an error code 66A. I have searched for a resolution but can not find one.
    > > > What can I do to resolve this?


  6. #21
    MowGreen [MVP] Guest

    Re: Windows update error code 66A

    To avoid such issues in the future, repeat after me ...

    " I will not run registry repair 'tools' nor disk cleanup tools that
    remove the .NET installer database cache "


    MowGreen [MVP 2003-2009]
    ===============
    *-343-* FDNY
    Never Forgotten
    ===============



    thankful in Arizona wrote:

    > this update has been bugging me since I got this computer Jan 08. after
    > finding your instructions and doing what you say - it finally is working!!!
    > thank you!
    >
    > "This worked! A big thanks to DJCORT1!" wrote:
    >
    >
    >>
    >>"DJCORT1" wrote:
    >>
    >>
    >>>The steps you need to follow are:
    >>>
    >>>1) Run cleanup tool:
    >>>http://astebner.sts.winisp.net/Tools...eanup_tool.zip
    >>>
    >>>and select remove (cleanup) .NET Framework 1.1 from the dropdown list.
    >>>
    >>>2) Download the .Net framework 1.1 redistributable package from here
    >>>http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/d...7-034d1e7cf3a3
    >>>
    >>>and install it.
    >>>
    >>>4) Download the .Net Framework 1.1 Service Pack 1
    >>>https://www.microsoft.com/downloads/...displaylang=en
    >>>and install it.
    >>>
    >>>5) Instead of using Windows Update, download the KB929729 package from here:
    >>>http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/d...displaylang=en
    >>>
    >>>Install this Last!
    >>>
    >>>
    >>>I followed the steps and the his windows update looks much healthier now
    >>>
    >>>Hope this helps!
    >>>
    >>>
    >>>"topcat" wrote:
    >>>
    >>>
    >>>>When I try to install the update for .NET Framework 1.1, Service Pack 1 I get
    >>>>an error code 66A. I have searched for a resolution but can not find one.
    >>>>What can I do to resolve this?


  7. #22
    amannuc Guest

    Re: Windows update error code 66A

    Where is the SoftwareDistribution directory?

  8. #23
    amannuc Guest

    Re: Windows update error code 66A

    How do you perform that verification?

  9. #24
    Join Date
    Apr 2012
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    Re: Windows update error code 66A

    I encounted the same problem with Error 66 popping up when trying to install the update.I am running Win7 and this update error occurred with the NET Framework 4.0 as opposed to Framework 1.1 which seems to happen to other users so maybe trying the same method i tried, for 4.0 might work for 1.1 as well as its just a quick possible fix as i can only confirm it on my Toshiba L750 laptop.

    1.Go to the Control Panel and open Programs and then Uninstall a program.
    2.Look for NET Framework 4.0 program and right click on it.
    3.Choose the uninstall/change option.
    4.Now choose the Repair option, not the uninstall option as you don't want to actually uninstall the program.
    5.Start by clicking on Repair and follow the simple instructions,then wait as it took about 3-4 mins on my laptop.Click finished when done.
    6.Now try installing the update again and although it took longer than usual (6-7 mins) it installed and is fine now.

    Sorry for the dumbed down instructions but i must confess i had a lot of frustrating problems, etc for ages as i am only quite new to modern PC's so to a lot of people that don't work with them everyday they can find some of the simplest of tasks a tad confusing and overwhelming options don't always help either,but once through the initial first learning curve it is an endless plethora of info and entertainment.

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