Windows update services missing in XP

Note able to run Microsoft windows update service as usual I go to services.msc to start the services that require run updates

1 Automatic updates

2 Background intelligence transfer service

But the Automatic updates service is not available there

Then to install the service

Go to inf directory in the system root folder normally c:\windows ,by default its  a hidden folder then you need to check off hide system folder option in Folder options

Right click “ au” in inf folder and “install

Click Browse. Locate and then click the %windir%\ServicePackFiles\i386 folder if the following conditions are true:

  • You installed Windows XP SP2 from a Windows XP SP2 CD that included SP2 as part of the base installation.
  • You downloaded and installed Windows XP SP2 from the Microsoft Web site.
  • Windows XP SP2 was included with the computer.

Note If the ServicePackFiles folder is not present on the computer, you can copy the files from a slipstreamed Windows XP SP2 installation CD.

Click OK to copy the files.


Change the setting on the computer not to display hidden files and folders. To do this, follow these steps:

On the Tools menu, click Folder Options, and then click the View tab.

In the Advanced settings list, click Do not show hidden files and folders under Hidden files and folders.

Click Apply, and then click OK.

Restart the computer.



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2 responses to “Windows update services missing in XP

  1. beatnut

    I couldn’t get this to work for me under SP3 – any ideas?

  2. Lee

    With exactly these symptoms and SP3 installed, I had first tried to re-apply the service pack. Fact is, the same files were then all in the “system32” folder as well as the ServicePackFiles\i386 folder, but they apparently weren’t registered (installed) either before or after re-applying the SP. There are no files to find on the current SP3 disk image; they are embedded in the WINDOWSXP-KB936929-SP3-X86-ENU.EXE file but can’t easily be extracted. So, one must find the files in one of the two folders listed above and use them after selecting “install” of au.inf; if not there, then reapply the SP and they will be. You could check the file version numbers from the SP manifest on the Microsoft website, but that takes more time than just doing the above process in the blind.

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