Well, it APPEARS that the main problem lies in the fact that you allowed WU to install v257. You got "stuck" with an install. Additionally, you might take note of the whole thread link given in that you do NOT want to install and/or "Enable"AU since this (apparently) "pushes" v257 anyway (somehow - would need to re-read the Topic). I'm not really sure of the "Automatic Update (AU)" thingy right now (on Win2k).
Try reinstalling Win2k w/SP4, manually upgrade to IE6SP1, then manually install the "BAT-generated" WU EXE file, ensure that "AU" (if installed??? see "not really sure" above) is "disabled", thus bypassing all of WU's "unintentional" breakage.
I'm not really sure WHY you would install WUAv2 since what the BAT creates is WAUv3 (which SHOULD work).
Can't tell you much more than that until I test this scenario.
edit - More on "0x800A0046" here and here.
submix8c, I just done a re-installation of Windows 2000 w/SP4 integrated, installed Internet Explorer 6 SP1, applied the BAT-generated Windows Update agent. When I was done, I applied the Windows 2000 Root Certificate Update.
And then after that, when I accessed Windows Update again, I got this message: http://twitpic.com/b9g0cr/full
If I waited or if I declined the offer, I get this error:
The website has encountered a problem and cannot display the page you are trying to view. Take the following steps to try solving the problem:
Refresh the page.
In Internet Explorer, delete your Temporary Internet Files by going to the Tools menu and clicking Internet Options.
Close and then re-open Internet Explorer.
If these steps don’t work, try visiting the site later or using the resources provided below.
For self-help options:
* Frequently Asked Questions
* Find Solutions
* Windows Update Newsgroup
For assisted support options:
Microsoft Online Assisted Support (no-cost for update-related issues)
Read more about steps you can take to resolve this problem (error number 0x8DDD0004) yourself.
If I checkboxed "Always trust content from Microsoft Windows Component Publisher" and selected yes, Internet Explorer 6 would crash again.
It looks like that I'm stuck here. I was wondering if installing a older version of Windows Update Agent would help, but no. Microsoft is always forcing the latest version of the Microsoft Windows Component Publisher down our throats lately. Update:
What fixed the issue is that I had to install Update Rollup 1 v2 for Service Pack 4
prior to installing the Microsoft Windows Component Publisher when accessing Windows Update. After that, I needed to install the software upgrade for the Windows software components: http://twitpic.com/b9gkfi
When that was done, I could finally access the list of the updates that were previously been made available to Windows 2000. After Windows Update scanned the list of updates, there were 90
high priority updates and 6
optional software updates.
I'm sorry that I got into this message here, but after I get all of the updates installed, I'll try to provide clearer instructions on how to install updates to Windows 2000 despite the fact that it has not been officially supported by Microsoft in almost 2½ years.
Edited by ppgrainbow, 01 November 2012 - 03:53 PM.