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Oct 26, 2008, 10:30:46 PM10/26/08
I have picked up a bug of some kind on one of my Windows XP Home PC's.
It did a lot of damage, mostly of which I fixed.
I still have a problem where if I go to and try to
update the page hangs.
I tried using Firefox to do the same thing but MS doesn't allow it although
it does say something about going to Control Panel/System/AutoUpdates and
then clicking Maintenance or something similar to get updates but I don't
see what there talking about.
What other options are there for getting Updates? Can I download to my PC
and then take it to the infected PC? Is there a way other than using the
Windowsupdate page to download files to get the PC current? The PC is
currently at pre-SP1.

Shenan Stanley

Oct 26, 2008, 10:41:48 PM10/26/08

First thing to try:
As many will tell you - ignore the title and symptoms listed in the article
referred to. Do method 1 and 2 and see if it fixes your issue whether or
not you repaired anything.
Try method 1 and try to update*.
If fails - try method 2 and try to update*.

*try to update:
- Visit
- If it asks you to install anything before you see a selection of "Custom"
or "Express" - do so.
- Once you see the "Custom" or "Express" selection, choose "Custom".
- Scan for updates.
- When it lists what it finds - install the critical ones.
- You are generally safe doing the Optional Software Updates. I suggest
avoiding the Optional Hardware Updates completely.

Second thing to try:

Third thing to try:
Get Dial-a-Fix:

Use its options to fix:
- Windows Installer
- Windows Update
- All the Registration Center options.

Turn off the "Empty System32\Catroot 2"
Do NOT do "Flush SoftwareDistribution".

Then click "GO" and wait until it is done... Reboot will be needed.

- Download/Install Windows Update v3.
(You *may* need to install it using the command line switch "/wuforce"
right after the reboot - immediately after logging in.)

- Reboot.
- Visit and scan for/install updates.

Usually - method one from the first suggestion fixes the issue.
Sometimes they have to proceed to method two from the first suggestion.

Less seldom - but it does happen - only the tool from the second suggestion
will work - although the first suggestion is contained within the second in
many ways (as well as some of the third.)

And the third suggestion is there because before there was a suggestion (1)
and a suggestion (2) - the third was the best bet and worked in most cases.

Let us know!

Shenan Stanley
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Oct 27, 2008, 3:46:58 AM10/27/08
You'll need SP2 before you can even look at WU page -
Windows XP Service Pack 2 - download (for single PCs also)

After you install SP2 successfully, then you could install SP3 and so on via


You can also download individual updates from the Catalog and save to be
installed later.

Search for a download

How to install multiple Windows updates or hotfixes with only one reboot


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Oct 27, 2008, 7:05:09 PM10/27/08
Thanks. Really appreciate it.

My only concern is that I'm not even to SP1.

"TaurArian" <> wrote in message

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Oct 27, 2008, 7:22:15 PM10/27/08
HOW TO get WinXP Gold fully patched:

1a. Download & save the installer for WinXP SP2 to your desktop:

[Yes, you can skip SP1]

1b. Download & save the installer for WinXP SP3 to your desktop:

2. Read & heed:

3a. Logged in as Administrator, if necessary, double-click on the saved file
to install WinXP *SP2*. Follow all prompts; be patient, and reboot twice
when the install completes.

3b. Logged in as Administrator, if necessary, double-click on the saved file
to install WinXP SP3. Follow all prompts; be patient, and reboot twice when
the install completes.

4. Do Resolution Method 2 here (trust me):

5. Go to | Install any required software
then click on CONTINUE | Select CUSTOM and scan | Install any critical
security updates offered. Again, follow all prompts.

[I do NOT recommend installing IE7 via Windows Update.]

6. Make certain that Automatic Updates is enabled; cf.

Addtional References:

Free unlimited installation and compatibility support is available for
Windows XP, but only for Service Pack 3 (SP3), until 14 Apr-09. Chat and
e-mail support is available only in the United States and Canada. Go to | select "Windows
XP" then select "Windows XP Service Pack 3"

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