On two Windows XP machines of mine, the installation of post-SP3 patches has broken Windows Update.
I first wrote about this yesterday, when it happened on one machine. Today, on a computer with very different hardware, the problem repeated itself.
In both cases the computers had no application software installed. Each had only Windows XP SP2 and a handful of vendor installed utilities. Neither machine had any anti-malware software of any kind, not even a firewall (other than XP's firewall). Both were running Internet Explorer 6.
Each time I started by installing SP3 and rebooting. Next, I ran Windows … Read more