For the last few weeks (since the June "update Tuesday") I have had the same problem on 4 different machines in 2 separate locations and networks, all running XP Pro SP3.
Three machines are P4 desktops and one is a 5 years old dell laptop. I have windows update configured to update manually, and when I go into the windows update site I am prompted to install the latest updating software, When I click on install the processor goes into overdrive and the install does not complete.
If I close the window down and reopen it I get the same option and the same thing happens again.
Under ideal conditions for a dedicated SUS server, assuming a 100 Mbps server network card capacity with 20% of this capacity consumed as overhead, it will take approximately 30 seconds for a SUS client to download the Windows XP SP2 update from the server.
This translates to 2880 client downloads in a 24-hour period.
Windows XP lets you set Windows Update to automatically download the updates you need to keep your computer secure.
Running Windows Update ensures that your PC has the latest security patches and changes to XP, and it gives you the opportunity to install optional drivers and software.
According to Net Mark Share, Windows XP still clings onto an amazing 24 percent of all the market share among the various Windows OS installations.
Windows 7 is the most popular, with 51 percent, but Windows XP still retains a user base that is more than double the number of users using Windows 8 or Windows 8.1 combined.I have run complete anti-virus and malware checks and all machines are clean.I have tried disabling both the anti-virus (symantec) and the windows firewall, but this has no effect - still the same problem.Perhaps because of this continued popularity, a Greece-based developer called harkaz started the “Unofficial Service Pack 4” project back in September of 2013.Harkaz has already released a third beta of Win XP SP4 and they’re currently readying a Release Candidate just like Microsoft would have done.Williams says that the hack, included just below, makes the system look like Windows Embedded POSReady 2009 which will continue to receive updated until April 9, 2019.