I have dial-up and it just gets so time consuming as the only problem. You need to give it whatever time it needs, so if capable a late night leaving the system-ON may help in this regard. If there is a time limit on any future update releases, MS will give it out. For now, XP is still supported quite well. If you haven't installed SP3 yet, do so, its an important update. Further, the longer you lag, the more other following updates that rely on SP3 being present could stack-up. Once you complete a long update period, create a restore point and/or back-up ASAP to lessen a complete update repeat if the system fails for whatever reason.
When is the last date SP3 can be installed to continue to get MS Updates?
Also, I am on dial-up. Have there been any problems for dial-up folks.
Thanks in advance.