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Microsoft installed some sort of update to my XP yesterday. Now my computer keeps stalling out and the motor(?) starts revving like crazy and won't quit. I have to keep shutting it down. What is going on?!

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This is why I don't have the automatic updates on. Perform a restore if you can back a few days ago and see what happens. Also if you can get into the add remove program you MAY see recent updates, and remove....

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I have a Gateway computer desktop I rebooted it to factory settings running service pack 2 Windows XP no computer will not update from Windows Update site or download anything


Since April 2014 Microsoft ended support for Windows XP and that means no more updates for Windows.
You still can get from Microsoft's websites some of the updates and pacthes but you should look for specific files. As there are about 150 updates, I have way to help you giving the listing and anyway it would be some enless job to do. Maybe your best option should be to get Windows XP SP3 with all latest updates at some forum.
Anyway, keeping legal, if you reinstalled XP SP2 you should download and install SP3
Windows XP Service Pack 3 Network Installation Package for IT...

Windows Update still migth be usefult to get updates for MS Office 2007 and upwards, Windows Defender, etc..

You should forget about using Internet Explorer 8, it is obsolete by now and no way to update it. IE9 won't run on XP. So, far best option is Firefox

Elige el navegador independiente

Jun 12, 2015 | Gateway PC Desktops

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How to Fix Windows Update Error 0x80070420 in Windows XP


If you have Windows XP and are receiving the Windows Update Error 0x80070420, please follow the steps below to solve it.
First, Check to see if you have Windows Installer 3.1 installed on your computer. To do this follow these steps:
1) Click on Start, Control Panel
2) Double-click on Add/Remove Programs
3) Search your Program List for the program : Windows Installer 3.1

3c56727.jpg 4) If you find it there, click on Remove to uninstall it. Then reboot your computer. If it is not there proceed to step 5.

5) Click on the following link to Microsoft's Download Center to download Windows Installer 3.1
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=889482fc-5f56-4a38-b838-de776fd4138c&displaylang=en
6) Install Windows Installer 3.1 and reboot your computer
7) Go to Windows Update and try to download the updates again.
Note: sometimes you may also receive this error if Windows XP has not been activated. To read about How to Activate Windows XP, click on the following support article from Microsoft.

http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=307890

on Oct 04, 2010 | PC Desktops

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What Does It Mean When Support for My Operating System Ends?


Microsoft Support for Windows Vista (with no service packs installed) ended on April 13, 2010, while support for Windows XP (without Service Pack 3 installed) ended on July 13, 2010. Windows 2000 support ended on July 13, 2010 as well.
There is no Service Pack 3 for the 64-bit version of Windows XP. If you're running the 64-bit version of Windows XP with SP2, you have the latest service pack and will continue to be eligible for support and receive updates until April 8, 2014.
If you are still running a version of Windows where support has ended, it means that version of Windows will no longer receive any updates from the Windows Update or Microsoft Update site. These updates are generally provided for security reasons to help protect the PC from harmful viruses, spyware, malware, and other malicious software. Windows Update also provides new drivers for your hardware that can improve the reliability of Windows.
Hackers love to take a security vulnerability in Windows and exploit it to their advantage. So, if a vulnerability is found in Windows XP or Windows Vista and you are not running the latest service pack, you will not be protected and will be at risk.

How Can I Tell What Service Pack is Installed?
Follow these steps to discover what Service Pack is installed:
1) Click on the Start Button
2) Right-click on either My Computer or Computer (depending on your Windows version)
3) Click on Properties
On this window, it should tell you which version of Windows along with which service pack is installed). It should also tell you whether you are running a 32 bit or 64 bit version of Windows.

Where can I download the latest Service Pack for Windows?
For Windows XP, click on the following link to download Service Pack 3

For Windows XP Service Pack 3 info, click below :-
http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/help/learn-how-to-install-windows-xp-service-pack-3-sp3

For Windows XP Service Pack 3 download, click below :-
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=5B33B5A8-5E76-401F-BE08-1E1555D4F3D4

For Windows Vista, click on the following link to download Service Pack 2

Windows Vista Service Pack 2 info, click below :-
http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-vista/Learn-how-to-install-Windows-Vista-Service-Pack-2-SP2

Windows Vista Service Pack 2 download, click below :-
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/935791

on Oct 04, 2010 | PC Desktops

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How can I reinstal Windows Search and Windows Security Centre


Install Windows Security Center


Open Internet Explorer and navigate to the Microsoft Windows Update website.


Click the "Express" button on the main page to have your computer checked for important updates to be installed.


Since Windows Security Center is not installed, it will be detected and installed within the update.


Search the list of updates that will be installed on your Computer and deselect any options besides Windows Security Center that you don't want installed at this time.


Click "Install Updates" to begin the installation process.


Set your computer up for Automatic Updates to keep your computer up to date.

You can do so by clicking "Start" followed by "Control Panel."


Click "Automatic Updates" and select the recommended option.


Click "Apply" followed by "OK" to save the changes and exit the window.


Install Windows Security Center in Windows Vista


Click the "Start" button followed by "All Programs." Scroll through the list and select "Windows Update" from the available options. You can also type "Windows Update" in the search field followed by pressing "Enter" to access it immediately.


Click the "Change Settings" button in the left window pane.


Select the radio button next to "Automatically download and install updates."


Click "OK" when you have finished. Windows will begin to scan your computer and download the necessary updates, one of which will be Windows Security Center if it isn't available on your computer already. When the updates have finished installing, a bubble will pop up in your system tray telling you new updates have installed and your computer needs to be restarted.


Restart your computer and once you log back on to Windows, Security Center will be available. You can access it by clicking the "Start" button and typing "Windows Security Center" in the search field. It will also be available in the "All Programs" software list.


Reinstall Windows Search


If for some reason you've lost Windows Search from your computer, it is possible to reinstall it.

Reinstalling Windows Search will improve the performance and stability of your computer system's indexer.


It will allow you to sort and group results in Windows Explorer more quickly, and will improve the indexing of your online email.


It expands your system's ability to do fast remote queries of file shares, including on Windows XP and Server 2003.

It automatically indexes shared folders and contains improvements in previews for earlier supported operating systems (Windows Server 2003 and Windows XP).


When you type a search term into Windows Search, the results appear quickly.

This is also true for information from emails and their attachments.



Download and install Windows Search on your computer.

http://www.microsoft.com/windows/products/winfamily/desktopsearch/choose/windowssearch4.mspx?tab=Install%20It

Click on the appropriate link for your version of Windows.


Click "Open" to download the file if you use Vista.

Click "Save" to download the file if you use Windows XP.


Click on "Run" to install Windows Search on your computer.

Follow the prompts to complete Windows Search installation.


Restart your computer.

Windows Search will be available in the Start menu if you use Vista.


If your operating system is Windows XP, use the Deskbar for quick and easy search access to indexed content on your PC or the network.


Personalize Windows Search for an optimal search experience .

Add-ins let you index Outlook saved email, Microsoft networks, Internet Explorer history and Lotus Notes.


Hope this helps

Nov 03, 2012 | Dell Dimension 5100 (D51L1) PC Desktop

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HP dc5000 compaq - running win xp pro sp2 and it won't upgrade to sp3. Sp3 needed to run Nero 11.


go to this link http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=24 download winxp sp3 exe follow instructions disregard for IT professionals and developers this is the download you need after installing goto windows update and download and install updates

Aug 24, 2012 | HP PC Desktops

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How to update windows xp


Go to Microsoft Update and follow the appropriate instructions.

Jun 11, 2011 | LG PC Desktops

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I installed Windows XP and now my Movie Maker doesn't work anymore! How can I resolve this? Movie make is so easy to use. I miss it. Thanks


Here's the Microsoft Page for using Movie Maker on XP,

http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/using/moviemaker/default.mspx

and here's the Download Site for Movie Maker XP,

http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/downloads/updates/moviemaker2.mspx

It's installed through Windows Update normally so you should just install every Windows XP Update available. Go to the Start Button>All Programs> Windows Update and click on it. Follow all the prompts and say yes or ok to everything.

Good Luck

Aug 04, 2010 | Dell Dimension 2400 PC Desktop

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Maxtor 1 TB One Touch 4 Plus. I install it but it does not show up as a drive on my computer. After a reboot, the windows XP-Pro "found new hardware" notification keeps showing up. New USB, New...


Hmmm. Are you absolutely certain that you have the latest updates or service packs applied to your machine. Something in my mind reminds me of an update Microsoft issued to correctly identify and use these large capacity drives correctly.

Aug 16, 2008 | PC Desktops

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A Microsoft update poped up and after I installed it, I had to restart the computer. Well now it well not boot back up. It keep saying that it didn't turn on successfully. I've tried the "turn on...


start yr system n keep pressing the f8 key a screen will pop up with options. chose safe mode option it should start when don u go to restor settings and restor yr old o.s. if it does'nt start, then u need yr microsoft windows(xp) os to boot from cd rom when just as if u want to install a new o.s but this time, chose the repair option and follow instructions i believe this will solve yr problem.

May 26, 2008 | HP PC Desktops

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