Windows xp updating software
It turns out that Windows Update has 2.5 activity log files.
In addition to the "update history", there are two plain text log files in the C:\WINDOWS folder.
After rebooting, run Windows Update immediately to get the patch shown below Update July 27, 2008: After installing XP SP3 and all the subsequent patches on three more computers, my best guess is that the problem has to do with the type of license for Windows.
On all four machines that were purchased from the same hardware vendor (very different models), Windows Update broke.
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A Microsoft technician responded to my plea for help well within their 24 hour goal.
The final security fixes are part of Microsoft's Patch Tuesday update for 8 April 2014, the last time Windows XP will be included.
Despite the end of Windows XP support, it is estimated that 27.7 per cent of the world's computers still use it.
One of them, involving re-registering DLLs, was my fallback if the first suggestion didn't work.
Scott Dunn from Windows Secrets covered re-registering Windows Update DLLs last September in Stealth Windows update prevents XP repair.