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My copy of XP Professional is OEM (the elcheapo version that costs about $140 at Tiger Direct and doesn't come with free Microsoft tech support). Not sure if other versions of the OS have this problem as well, but when I have had to reinstall Windows and it tries to connect to Microsoft to get the slew of updates that are out there it fails to install them.


For some reason you have to register some dlls. Thankfully this is not hard to do.

Go to Start ->Run and type cmd in the field and then Enter. You get the black DOS box and type the following, hitting Enter after each one:


regsvr32 wuapi.dll

regsvr32 wuaueng.dll

regsvr32 wuaueng1.dll

regsvr32 wucltui.dll

regsvr32 wups.dll

regsvr32 wups2.dll

regsvr32 wuweb.dll


Once this is done Update sails on through np. I keep this handy in my Windows XP Help file for whenever I may need it. Good thing, since I don't have a clue where I found it or where I could go to ever find it again! :pullhair:

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