Windows 8, WSUS and Error Code 800B0001

Since putting some Windows 8 machines in my domain, I’ve noticed that they will not get updates from our internal WSUS server. I did some searching and found this Microsoft KB article:

Issues that are fixed

This update lets servers that are running Windows Server Update Services (WSUS) 3.0 SP2 provide updates to computers that are running Windows 8 or Windows Server 2012.

Read the full article of course, but if you’re just running a single server as we are, the process is to download the patch, install it on your WSUS 3.0 SP2 server, then run a sync. If you have already attempted to attach Windows 8 clients and received the 800B0001 error, you will need to stop the Windows Update service, remove the Windows\SoftwareDistribution directory, and start the Windows Update service again.

Works like a charm!

Fruit Ninja Won’t Update In Windows App Store

If you were one of the people who had Windows 8 up and running before the release to the general public, and installed Fruit Ninja when it was free, you might be running into an issue now where the store tell you that it needs an update, but it just throws an error every time you try and actually install the update. Here’s what I was able to do to fix that. First, open a PowerShell prompt as administrator and run this:

Get-AppxPackage HalfbrickStudiosPtyLtd.FruitNinja | Remove-AppxPackage

That will uninstall the app. For me, doing the uninstall from the Start screen didn’t actually remove it. Once you have done that, then run:

wsreset.exe

which will reset your Windows Store cache. Once that’s done, you should be able to go back to your list of apps and successfully install the newest version.