Updating host file in vista
Regardless, my humble gratitude for your assistance!
OS: Windows Vista 32 Bit Home Premium I am unable to install recent Windows Vista updates because the updater hangs at "Checking for updates".
They mention the services control panel as an easier way, but they don't tell beginners how to do it! You need to open up the "Services" configuration window.
From the "Start" button, select "Run", and enter "services.msc".
If you'd prefer to manually install a hosts file yourself, I recommend you look at these sites: The most important thing to do before using large HOSTS files is to disable the Domain Name Service client ("DNS Client" or "Dns Cache") service on your machine.
A standard Windows hosts file should look something like this - 127.0.0.1 localhost If you have any lines that point to gs.apple.com, backup the hosts file and delete the lines (using a standard editor such as Notepad).
You may need to ensure that you have admin privileges. If your hosts file is clean, you will have no option but to pursue the Apple recommendations - but at least you will have eliminated one of the more common causes of the error. I got constant Error 3194, than I tried with tinyumbrella and got a new Error 2005.
There are other ways to do this, of course (aren't there always? Select "Disabled" from the list of choices for "Startup type".
If the "Stop" button isn't grayed out (it's grayed out in this picture), press the "Stop" button to stop the DNS Client service.