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I recently reinstalled Windows XP on my computer and ever since, I have not been able to connect to Windows Update. I went onto the Windows Update website and was able to download the updater, but it wont show me what updates I can download. I've been able to download a standalone installer for SP1, but I cant find one for SP2. Any ideas of how I can get Windows Update to work?
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Check in your options to make sure the update site isnt blocked and such, do you have automatic updates turned on as well?
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Are you getting error messages relative to when you try to update?

If so, you might try this from another forum:

Q4. I'm having lots of problems installing any Critical Updates, Security Patches and even the SP1 from Microsoft's website. Are there there any basic tweaks I have to do in advance? I also get "cryptographic error messages".
Q4.1 I keep seeing the same list of Windows XP updates appear even after I have downloaded and installed all of them.
Q4.2 Sometimes Windows Update just hangs. Is there anything I can try?
A. Delete the catroot2 folder contents. It's in the system32 folder usually here:
Or rename the folder and dont worry a fresh one will be created on the reboot:
Start | Run | cmd | OK
At the command prompt, type the following and press ENTER:
ren "%SystemRoot%\System32\Catroot2 oldcatroot2

Edited by djgotee, 29 May 2005 - 02:12 PM.

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Try here


If none of those apply you can get SP2 on CD

Product CD

To obtain Windows XP SP2 on CD, visit the following Microsoft Web site:

1. Click Start, click Run, type services.msc, and then click OK.
2. In the right pane, double-click Automatic Updates.
3. Click the Log On tab.
4. In the You can enable or disable this service for the hardware profiles listed below box, click the current hardware profile, and then click Enable.
5. Click Apply, and then click the General tab.
6. Click Start, and then click OK.

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