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Even if you succeed updating you are going to come up against problems with applications running under XP. I suggest you go to this website :
And install PcLinuxOS. It's a Linux desktop , it's free, it's still supported, all the applications are free. It has a KDE desktop so you can tweak it to your hearts content and make it look really nice. Mine has see through dark glass effects with a 3D rotating cube desktop so I actually have 4 desktops on one machine
I just upgraded from 32bit to 64bit and it worked fine with all my desktop settings preserved....neat !
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No updates will install from Windows Update and I've tried just about everything to fix it.
1) Shutting down the Automatic update service and 86'ing almost everything in the SoftwareDistribution folder and restarting the Automatic update service.
2) Registering a wide range of DLL's connected to Windows Update.
3) Even third party software designed to reset Windows Update
The thing is I'm not getting any error messages from Windows Update. They just fail to install.edit on 21-11-2013 by RedShirt73 because: (no reason given)
Now install your wireless drivers and whatever else you need to accomplish your nefarious plans.