Auto updates for Windows XP

  Yimbo 16:42 05 Aug 2013

I used to get regular notice of updates from M/S, but over the last few months this has seemingly stopped. I'm still set up to receive these, but it's not happening. Is XP Homes SP3 still being supported?

  Secret-Squirrel 17:28 05 Aug 2013

If you want to check whether you're missing any important XP updates then you can visit the Microsoft Windows Update website - here and check if it shows any available "High Priority" ones.

  lotvic 17:41 05 Aug 2013

I'm still getting mine every month (MS update Tuesday) for XP sp3. Have got settings to notify only, then I choose which I want and install.

  woodchip 17:56 05 Aug 2013

Go to Start button then up to Windows Updates to do it manually

Click on Custom when it starts

  Yimbo 12:42 07 Aug 2013

Thanks for your help folks! Using your link, Secret-Squirrel, I'm taken to MS update page. I then keep getting the message: "The web-site has encountered a problem and cannot display the page you are trying to view"

I've found this same message previously - but no indication as to what the problem "encountered" might be.

I have "Auto downloads" already set up - but though clearly a number of updates have been made available - as per lotvic's post - they are not getting to me!

Also, woodchip, pressing "start" button doesn't show me how to go "up to Windows Updates". Where am I going wrong?

Sorry to bother you all further!

  Secret-Squirrel 15:44 07 Aug 2013

Yimbo, because you're not receiving any Windows Updates, there's clearly something wrong so try the "Windows Update Automated Troubleshooter" at the top of the page here.

PS: Woodchip's suggestion just takes you to the same Windows Update website that I recommended so there's no point in trying to find it.

1]: [click here

  Yimbo 18:11 07 Aug 2013

Thanks Secret-Squirrel - - I've tried your link, which takes me to "Windows Update Automated Troubleshooter". Clicking "run now" takes me to "WindowsUpdateDiagnostic.diagcab" - but clicking this brings up "Windows cannot recognise this file ..."

If Windows can't recognise one of its own files - where do I go now????

I apologise for keeping bothering you!

  lotvic 18:34 07 Aug 2013

Just for the record: The last automatic updates 'big lot' I had was on 10th July (10 for xp and some more for Office and Silverlight)

The manual Windows Update shortcut link is on Start | All Programs, and it is at top of program list. And as per Secret-Squirrel says, it takes you to the same page as he's posted link.

  lotvic 18:39 07 Aug 2013

Here is the rest of my post ;-o I am getting fed up of pca randomly chopping off the bottom bits of my posts...

I note that when I tried Start shortcut out it opened in IE (although Firefox is my default - and was already running)

When in FFox and I use SS's link in his post I get this: 'Thank you for your interest in obtaining updates from our site. To use this site, you must be running Microsoft Internet Explorer 5 or later.' (end of post if you see this it has all posted this time)

  Secret-Squirrel 19:05 07 Aug 2013

Yimbo, I just tried the troubleshooter link on an XP PC and got the same result as you - Windows doesn't know what to do with that file.

Try this Microsoft page instead, click on the + symbol next to "Windows Vista and Windows XP" and run the automated troubleshooter by clicking the "Run Now" button. The file that's downloaded is a standard .EXE so you should have no problems with it.

Good luck.

1]: [click here

  Yimbo 11:56 08 Aug 2013

Thanks folks for your perseverance! I've tried your link, Secret-Squirrel, and though it promises to fix the problems with Windows Update - what I get is "one or more Windows Update comonents are configured incorrectly" - but no help in actually fixing these!

Using your advice, lotvic, I get the same result!

Maybe I'll just have to live without the XP updates - though I find it hard to believe that an issue like this can't be sorted!

Thanks again!

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