Security Update for .NET Framework 4 Windows Update error. Here’s how to fix.
Since this morning I’ve been getting a Windows Update error when trying to install KB2160841 on my Vista 64 machine. Restarting the PC has had no effect and the small Windows Update icon has been popping up constantly. I couldn’t find any help on Google at all but I did finally manage to fix it. Here’s how:
Problem update: Security Update for .NET Framework 4 on Windows XP, Windows Server 2003, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2008 R2 for x64-based Systems (KB2160841)
Go to Start/Control Panel
Click Programs and Features (choose ‘classic view’ if you can’t see it)
From the list of programs click on Microsoft .NET Framework 4 Client Profile and then select Uninstall/Change (at the top).
A small window will pop up. Select the ‘repair’ option and click ‘next’. This may take some time, it appeared to freeze for 30 seconds for me, but soon you’ll see the green progress bars slowly repairing your system.
One that’s done you’ll need to head back to Windows Update so click Start/All Programs/Windows Update and select ‘check for updates’.
That annoying .Net security update will appear but this time it will install as expected so go ahead and install it. Ta da!
Thank you!!! It worked for me just awesome!..
Thanks this solved the issue.
It worked for me as well. Thank you
You’re a lifesaver! Worked for Windows 7 too.
You’re awesome!! This update had been driving me crazy for a while now.
Don’t know how you figured it out but it works like a charm.
Thanks for the information. The fixed worked for me also!!
Thanks for posting this. It worked for me.
Worked for me as well. Thanks a lot!
Hi there mate, Thanks, worked for me and its all well :D
Thanks… worked for me as well. It’s too bad that with all the money we funnel to Ol’ Bill that he can’t come up with the support that you have provided free of charge!
I went to programme and feature but I only have Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5 SP1, how can I update the Microsoft .NET Framework 4 please.
that was amazinggggg….it worked good 4 me thanks…
Wow!!! Thank you so much!!! I cannot believe it is that simple yet all those acclaim Windows forums make things so complicated.
Thanks, this has been driving me nuts! The information is in English and easy to understand, which is more than I can say for the other bits I’ve been reading!!!
Great Fix! And user friendly instructions. Thank-you!!!
I have been trying to install this update for over a week. The last successful update to my system I could find was back in October, 2010, about the time you made this original post. This update has failed periodically since that date. This is the FIRST place I have found information that actually WORKED! THANK YOU!
thank you! This works with Windows 7
Thanks sooooooooo much this thing has tried to update 76 times and failed since 4/14/11. I had almost given up.
Thanks for the help. The thing has tried to install since 4/15/11. I had tried several times to find the solution.
sooooo much…i have tried quite a few ‘fixes’ from other sites without success but your advice was definitely the cure i needed. Many thanks….and well done.
Long live the King! lol
not working …
thanks soooooooooooo much.I was not thinking to solve this problem.thanks for your help