Windows XP won't update to SP3

  jonem81 21:53 13 Apr 2013

Windows XP won't update to SP3. PC details: XP SP2 Home. 2002 SONY PCV-RS404, Pentium 4 CPU 3.00Ghz, 2.99 Ghz 1.GB Ram. I am on Internet Explorer 8. Also, Windows Update doesn't work despite me using the Microsoft Update Downloader. Otherwise the PC is OK. I just want to have the current software updated to enable other downloads to install. Having tried the advice from Microsoft to no avail, perhaps a forum member has an answer?


  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 22:01 13 Apr 2013

Have you downloaded the SP3 file?

Or will it not dowwnload anything from updates?

Usually the inability to update is a fault of the windows genuine advantage.

  woodchip 23:21 13 Apr 2013

Try running, SFC /RUNNOW from Run

  michaelw 10:15 14 Apr 2013

Also try installing sp3 in safemode with networking.

  jonem81 12:44 14 Apr 2013

"Fruit Bat /\0/\

Posted Yesterday at 10:01PM

Have you downloaded the SP3 file?

Or will it not dowwnload anything from updates?"

No, and yes, it does not download anything!


  jonem81 12:47 14 Apr 2013


"Have you tried running the Fix it tool."

Yes, but seem to be running round in circles, ending up with ...cannot install ...etc


  jonem81 12:49 14 Apr 2013




Thanks, will have a look at your suggestions.


  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 15:18 14 Apr 2013

Start - Run type


Press enter

scroll down and check Back Ground Intelligent Transfer service is started and set to Automatic.

  woodchip 18:25 15 Apr 2013

Should be SCANNOW not RUNNOW sorry for that

  wee eddie 21:41 15 Apr 2013

As a matter of interest - How full is your hard Drive?

  jonem81 08:26 23 Apr 2013

wee eddie

Sorry I did not reply sooner - I don't always get forum replies in my inbox. Just spotted this when coming back to the forum. My old XP is partitioned into 2 directories. I had a total original space of 160GB, and it is now divided equally - 80/80, programs on C, and data on D. Fairly simple really. I've ended up with about 59 on C, and about the same on D. Because it is my 'old' PC, I am not too worried about SP3, and If I can, I might convert it to Windows 8. Thanks again for your response, I always reply if I receive the emails.


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