Thursday, 29 October 2009

Windows Home Server IE8 Update Hangs?

In our case, we are just setting up the HP MediaSmart Server and thus running the available updates.

This update run seemingly stalled:


Notice that it is stalled at IE8.

Now, the above screenshot is actually a clipping since the Update Windows Home Server screen covers the entire WHS Console window (it is maximized).

Having seen so many IE8 updates, it was readily apparent as to why things were at a standstill.

But, how do get to the IE8 setup dialogue box?

An old Windows 3.x method: Click on the top left corner of the update window on the Windows icon:


Click Move and hit any arrow key on the keyboard and the updates window should actually window itself to reveal the IE8 dialogue sitting in the background waiting:


While we have come a long way in the Windows world, there are still some threads of Windows Past included in each and every version. :)

Philip Elder
Microsoft Small Business Specialists
Co-Author: SBS 2008 Blueprint Book

*Our original iMac was stolen (previous blog post). We now have a new MacBook Pro courtesy of Vlad Mazek, owner of OWN.

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