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Opera 12.18 on XP doesn't start: "Autoupdate failed init: -2"

  • Just a quick question. If opera 12.18 doesn't start, but instead gives this error message:

    Autoupdate failed init: -2

    What is the possible fix for that?

  • See if it thinks it has downloaded an update - if it has, delete it. Otherwise... I'll check mine shortly.

  • Mine (on this Windows 10 machine) starts fine. Just out of curiosity I asked it to check for updates and it said "Update check failed".

  • Open up operaprefs.ini (in the profile folder) and look for "Level Of Update Automation=" and "Auto Update State=" and set them both to =0 if they're not already.
    See if that fixes it. If not it may be that your installation is corrupted somehow, in which case rename operaprefs.ini to operaprefs.old and see if Opera will then start with a clean default setup.