Updating xp sp3
I've upgraded old XP machines before and while it's a pain, it's not a terrible process (and with a pile of spare Windows 8 licenses I bought for $40 each, it's a lot cheaper than a new machine).
My problem was particularly annoying because there was no error code, thus nothing to search the net for.Also, keep all your original Windows and program installation CDs in a safe place. Look at it this way: Any file you cannot afford to lose (what will take too long to re-create or is unique and cannot be re-created), should be located on two separate physical media, such as on two hard drives, or a hard drive and a CD. Good news: Microsoft offers free technical support for Windows Update and that support provided a solution to my problem.The error message simply referred to "a problem on your computer".In addition, a review of the update history (click on "Review your update history" in the left side gray stripe) showed no failures at all.While consumers are conditioned to call their hardware manufacturer for technical support, Microsoft offers free support for Service Pack 3 for Windows XP, IE7 and Windows Update.
Support for SP3 and IE7 is offered on the phone (866-234-6020), although, I had The best way to do this is with Internet Explorer on the computer with the problem.
It was included in the debugging information sent to Microsoft and revealed that my problem was an error 0x80004002.
The Fix Windows Update was resuscitated with the oldest trick in the book, re-installing the software.
But the fact is, and like the machine I just dusted off in the garage, we've been using these machines for more than a decade and not all of them have been in continuous service.
As I prepared to run the update process on the soon-to-be-new-again scanning machine, I realized that I wasn't sure how easy it would be, in years to come, to find XP's SP3 in order to upgrade those old machines.
Windows XP Service Pack 3 (SP3) was issued in April 2008.