Updating service pack 3
And today the Office XP Service Pack 3 update tried to download/install.
I have just replaced my hard drive and reloaded windows XP with service pack 2, I found the windows auto update no longer worked.
I tried downloading service pack3 but this did not work either, from what I have read you need service pack 3 for the auto upsdates to work!! I just keep going round in circles the fixit option is also no help.
Then I noticed that MS Security Essentials could not update either so I searched for solutions there. My solution is probably not the only one but it does illustrate the power of Windows to heal itself if we have the patience to wait.
Here is the sequence that finally worked but it took several days to complete because of the time lost waiting for tasks to complete: It will appear to hang at “preparing to download” when you start to install the updates; however, after about an hour the yellow update symbol should appear on the task bar and moving the mouse over it will indicate that it is downloading and give a percent.