I am giving my sister my old PC for Christmas but I wanted to do a clean install. Installing XP and the motherboard drivers from CD was not a problem outside of them time it took (I played solitaire on my new smart phone while waiting) but the real fun began when I fired up IE6 and went to windows update. I kept getting errors when it tried to update windows update. I figured maybe it doesn't like IE6 since it is a tad bit on the old side so I went to update to IE8 and of course I got the same errors there since it used "windows update" to do its thing.
I searched Microsoft and about the fourth thing I tried worked, seems there is a separate download of "windows update" just for people having my problem.
So I get to windows update and it starts looking for stuff I need, I expected the big one would be service pack 3 since the cd I installed from included service pack 2 but I was a bit surprised that the critical update section had over 100 items besides service pack 3. Oh well a few more games of solitaire and I'll be done.
What I failed to take into account is the cascading nature of windows update on an operating system that is over ten years old. Each batch of updates led to other updates and etc, etc. After each batch there were a bunch of new ones, in the range of about 1/4 to 1/2 as many as before.
After about a half dozen cycles I was down to one critical update left so I thought I was nearly done but good old Microsoft couldn't let me off that easy, that "last" one led to 9 more. I did get lucky, those 9 were the last ones.
I also had a little trouble installing the video card drivers, but that was a piece of cake compared to windows update.
My two hour pre lunch job lasted till after three this afternoon, but I did get extra time to play with my new phone.
Reality is for those that cant handle video games.
oh Jeeze those "cascading updates" thats always a pain. I have heared of people making a partition in a drive just for updates so when you do a fresh install you just copy them all over. obviously it't not THAT simple but its something to look into if you do fresh installs alot.
The service packs are available at the microsoft download center.
quote: Download the service pack manually
You can download the stand-alone Windows XP SP3 package from the following Microsoft Download Center page. Although this page says that the installation package is intended for IT professionals and developers, you can safely download and install this package.