Windows XP SP3 breaks Windows Update

If you install XP SP3 on a clean SP2 box Windows Update will no longer work.
Unless you have the newer Windows Update Agent 3.0 your stuck in a hole
There is no way to get it via AU or WU or MU only a manual installation can resolve the issue

1. Download the new Agent (but do not Run it yet) to your Desktop (so you can find it below) :

X86 Version:

2. Start, Run, CMD

In the black box:

net stop wuauserv
“%userprofile%\Desktop\WindowsUpdateAgent30-x86.exe” /wuforce (don’t forget the quotation marks)
 net start wuauserv exit

 Thanks to Bill Castner for putting me onto it.

One thought on “Windows XP SP3 breaks Windows Update”

  1. I was about to reload when I found this. It works. You saved me several hours work.

    As an aside, you do not need to do the start and stop. Just the middle line. Windows will take care of it.

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