Windows XP freezes at Automatic update process while scanning I believe. Same thing happens to Steam when I try to log in. I have no idea what's the cause and I can't fix it for months now. Reinstalling Windows isn't an option, so does anyone know what's the reason for this and what should I do? The suggestion I'm looking for isn't how to get Windows updates in an alternative way, but how to fix the problem itself. What happens is this: basically the computer keeps working and everything works until I click it, then it just freezes. I can still move that window for a while, then the explorer gets stuck as well and I'm forced to reboot. Task manager doesn't work as well.