Windows XP forum: windows xp updates not working

by: quasc March 26, 2013 3:19 PM PDT

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windows xp updates not working

by quasc - 3/26/13 3:19 PM

I "got my hands on" a French Windows XP SP2 that I need to fix for somebody. AVG had expired for a long time, so I finally mananged to install mse and cleaned it up - it identified almost 20 viruses etc. Anyway, the first thing I had done was to check for windows updates - it didn't work. Then I installed mse (to get that out of my way) and then I checked for win updates again. It said that it encountered an error and that some solutions beneath that error could help me out (various links: search online, microsoft forums, whatever).

Now, the weird thing is that most of those links don't work and other sites don't work either. It's quite random. It was difficult to update to IE8, because the microsoft site worked intermittently - it wasn't the site's fault. And it seems that firefox has the same behaviour. I am not sure what those viruses did, but maybe they cracked windows really badly or something.

On the other hand, yahoo mail, for instance, works fine.
I am in a quagmire right now, because I haven't seen this kind of behaviour before. On another computer on the same network the internet works just fine, so that's ruled out.

I should also said that I've turned on automatic updates, I've also checked the services.msc list and they seemed fine (even though in French it's not that easy to figure things out, as ALL services are translated) - very few services were stopped and they weren't linked to the automatic updates - I think (I've read about turning on some services on which windows updates are dependent).

So, any suggestions besides reinstalling (which is not a solution right now)? Thanks

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