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Larry asked in Computers & InternetSoftware · 4 years ago

Why can't I access Windows Update, after a clean install of Windows XP / SP3 Home Edition ?

As required IE8 was installed after the Windows XP / SP3 installation.

Automatic updates are functioning, various websites can be accessed except

Processor: Intel(R) Celeron(TM) 1.2 GHz.

Memory: 512 MB

3 Answers

  • 4 years ago

    If you installed a new operating system you MUST create a network connection because you wiped the old one out.

    Go to the control panel/network and sharing center and create whichever connection you want to use. Make sure while there that the adapter is listed - look at change adapter- to be sure either the LAN adapter is selected or the wireless adapter is selected. Remember to click to connect at the end of set up. You will need your security key and wireless network name.

  • 4 years ago

    are you serious ?

    support for xp ended on April 8, 2014

    it is no longer supported BUT

    there is a registry hack to trick the system in to thinking it is embedded xp,

    for which updates are still available.

    open notepad, then copy and paste the following in to it:

    Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00



    Then save it to your dektop as xp.reg

    next Double-click xp.reg and click


    when you're asked if you want to include this information in the Registry.

    Click OK when you get the confirmation message

    and you're done.

    Now run Windows Update from the Start Menu and you'll see that you've got extra,

    new updates to download and install.

    you should continue to recieve updates untill 2019.


  • Dave
    Lv 7
    4 years ago

    MS site no longer allows IE8. XP is dead, I'd suggest you install a linux flavor instead.

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