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Logitech Webcam software was the problem. If you go to the update log file in Thunderbird under your Local Setting directory under Documents and Settings it will show you what file (ie program) is causing the update failure.
I stopped the Quickcam10.exe process in the task manager and the update applied.
Same here, now all good.
Well, I already had TB 18.104.22.168 installed, and have been using it for over a week. Today I got the notification that I needed to update to 22.214.171.124, and ran into the same problems as everyone posting on this topic. Endless failed installation loop. So, I exited the Logitech Webcam, and tried again. It downloaded and restarted TB, and said the update was successful. But --- After I went to Help/About and it said I was using 126.96.36.199, I went to Check for Updates, and it said 188.8.131.52 was available for Update!!! This is maddening! Over and over, and it won't stop!
I'm running TB on windows XP, and after reading this thread went to the task manager and ended all processes the quickcam uses. TB update installed with no problem after that. Thanks to those of you who figured this out.
I also wanted to mention that I never had a problem with the program not starting up because it couldn't update. I got the same error message about the update as it seems you all did, but after I clicked OK then TB came right up...just not in its updated glory.
So, I never had to uninstall or reinstall TB, and I never had to uninstall the quickcam, either.
Thanks again for figuring this out and sharing!
Quiting QuickCam in tray fixed my problem aswell.
Thunderbird was stuck in the update to Thunderbird 184.108.40.206: Update, error, update, error..
Windows XP SP2
After the first problems related to the logitech webcam, I was finally able to install the update.
But now I was having exactly the same problem as zeicoman:
Although it says that version is 220.127.116.11 it also says that there is an update that he tries to install but never succeeds.
I went to tools -> options -> update
and unchecked "automatically check for updates to: Thundebird"
Then it was a bit confusing because I tried a manual installation... And I guess it was yet in the middle of an automatic update. So it failed.
After opening TB I got a failure message.
I let it update again. After restarting I tried to manually check for updates and finally it recognized that there weren't any.
I re-enabled automatic updates.
I'd say that the manual installation isn't necessary.
So, you may try:
disable automatic updates
install and restart TB until you get no more warnings about available updates
check for updates manually to make sure it worked
re-enabled automatic updates
FF 2 | TB 2 | Win XP
2nd time the auto update screwed up my computer. Once the auto update went into continuous loop mode, I was unable to uninstall or manually delete the Mozilla Thunderbird program files because of "mozMapi32.dll." I reinstalled the complete Thunderbird download in another directory "..\Mozilla\Thunderbird" and the program works fine and save all the old email, but lost a few preference. Once the new version was installed in a different directory, I was finally able to delete the old "mozMapi32.dll" file.
Really, whoever is programming the auto updates should program it so Windows XP will allow the update. I wasted 2.5 hours with unsuccessful auto installs, reinstalls, and program file deletes before I got this thing to work. I hate having this problem every time Thunderbird wants to update.
I am getting a "Software update failed" message whenever I open Thunderbird on the non-administrative account of our computer (running on XP Pro). I get no error on Admin.
There is no Quickcam program running in the Processes list in Task Manager.
I have tried clearing the browser cache, Windows Temp folder and deleting the entire Thunderbird folder on the C drive and reinstalling it, but I am still getting the error.
I can't find a 0? folder.
Can anyone help me?
You need permisision to modify files that non-admin acounts can't do in XP. I would suggest setting windows to migrate changes over all acounts and then re-installing thunderbird using the admin account.
What do you mean set it to migrate changes?
Thunderbird was installed from the Admin account, and it shares the profile with the non-admin.
Thunderbird update kept failing. Firefox would update fine.
This thread lead me to logitech being the culprit. I opened up the QuickCam software and changed my default email software From Windows Mail to Mozilla Thunderbird. Update worked fine.
Thanks for pointing out that the Logitech QuickCam was the problem.
I disconnected it, but still got the error.
But when I right-clicked the QuickCam icon in the system tray and selected "Exit", the update succeeded. (meaning: I didn't need to uninstall Quickcam or go through all the processes in the task manager).
I'm relieved. Happy mailing!
I have just taken action to update Thunderbird and Firefox to their latest versions, Firefox sweet as a nut, however T/B was another matter. After several attempts to install the update and just getting a rolling dialog box trying to reinstall again and again and again. I checked the Forum and surprise surprise there were posts very similar circumstances to my own. They were back in May. Same as the guest isaque I found that by stopping the Logitech Quick Cam prog that Version 18.104.22.168 loaded in seconds and proceed to work as intended. Perhaps our fantastic programmers should look to see where the link is with this problem as it apparently has occurred with the 2 latest updates
Why is that whenever I was in trouble and I turned around I was all alone? Then I found Mozilla Forums.
I managed to fix my problem by switching my regular account into Admin, letting the program update itself, and then turning it back again.
I have had turning admin on and off mess up other programs in past though, so I'd still like to know if there was an alternative solution should this come up again.
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