Can't validate WinXP Home for updates

By Savage1701
Jun 20, 2006
  1. I had to reinstall XP Home. It is an old version, back from 2002. It reinstalls and activates just fine on the old Gateway hardware that it came on. However, when I attempt to run Windows Update it tells me that due to an "unknown error" it cannot validate my installation of Windows, and as such I can't get any of the patches, service packs, etc.

    Any thoughts would be appreciated.

  2. tomrca

    tomrca TS Rookie Posts: 1,000

    are you getting a validation message? if so and it is a genuine programme of xp home then you should contact microsoft
  3. Savage1701

    Savage1701 TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 153

    Well, I did just that. A very dedicated tech named Khan walked me through shutting down the update service, deleting a file, restarting the service, and rebooting. It fixed the problem. If I could remember all the steps I took I would post them here, but I can't.
  4. fastco

    fastco TS Booster Posts: 1,122

  5. tomrca

    tomrca TS Rookie Posts: 1,000

    pleased you got it sorted savage!!
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