I would avoid a torrent download of anything, especially something as critical as Windows updates. Take the time to download them from the site I provided. It's pretty easy, just takes some time. When you get everything downloaded, burn it to CD then you can use it to update from after the install.
I use Windows Updates, set to notify mode but I still download all the updates and keep them handy since I also yse a program called nLite to keep an updated copy of my XP install CD at SP2 + all Updates. That way, when ever I do a reinstall, when it ends, I'm pretty much done as far as Windows Updates are concerned, sucne they are already slipstreamed into the CD I installed from. See here: http://www.nliteos.com
. That may be your best method.