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Also, an unpatched and unprotected copy of XP can be compromised within minutes of being exposed to the Internet, having the flood gates opened for malware to come pouring in through. If this unit predates XP SP1 being integrated into system images, which seems likely given the age, then if you don't have some kind of firewall installed and running before connecting the unit to the Internet, it will be overrun with malware before you can get all the necessary updates downloaded and installed.
So in addition to what Bob suggested, you might want to go to another computer and put a copy of the SP2 and SP3 installers onto a CD. The "network professional" (or something like that) versions that will be a couple hundred MB each. These don't require an Internet connection to install. Also, since this is an HP with an AMD CPU running XP, make sure you grab HP's special update to prevent XP from going into a boot loop with SP3. HP is the one that screwed up, so HP was the one that had to issue the update. You won't get it from Windows Update. Install SP2, then SP3, and the HP update, after which you should be able to download the rest of the updates with the Windows firewall keeping the automated probes at bay. Just make sure not to go to any other websites beyond Windows Update with Internet Explorer until your computer is fully patched. Otherwise you run the risk of getting hit with a driveby malware install and having to start the whole process over again.
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