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Installed XP SP3, Windows Update not working, safe to browse?

By davidflynn12
Apr 6, 2013
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  1. Just reinstalled xp home sp2 on my desktop. Downloaded sp3 and installed ok. Windows updates will not work either before or after sp3. Infact it crashes the computer. when I reboot ; I get freezing again. The only way to resolve this is too reinsatll sp2 and then sp3. So I am going to leave at sp3 until I get sp3 pro installed. I have avast av and zone fw installed. So is it safe to browse in the mean time using firefox not IE? I understand to safley browse in windows, one needs a good av, fw plus a updated windows system or is having a updated os really needed?
     
  2. gbhall

    gbhall TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,349   +50

    In updates from MS every month there are always some 'critical' ones that nobody should ignore. However, only XPsp3 and later gets them. So yes, having an updated OS is a must.
    Having said that, firefox is safer than IE in the main, and an AV and firewall are as much as you should ever need, provided they are kept up-to-date. Also Adobe and Java software is notorious for bugs. Keep updates going on Flash, acrobat, pdf reader, java also.
     
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  3. mailpup

    mailpup TS Special Forces Posts: 8,462   +230

    Just checking but did you activate your installation of Windows XP yet? If not, do so and then see if Windows Update will work.
     
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  4. davidflynn12

    davidflynn12 TS Member Topic Starter Posts: 32

    It always activates successfully ?!
     
  5. Gnome

    Gnome TS Rookie

    I seem to remember this same issue at one point. I think you need to install windowsupdateagent30-x86.exe before it'll start working. Try searching for it on microsoft's site.
     
  6. Cobalt006

    Cobalt006 TS Maniac Posts: 1,852   +184

    Update the Explorer. Then it will send you to windows update page .That will let install the latest update agent
     


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