|Well, needless to say I gave up and downloaded them all again.|
However, I found that I could download the updates from microsofts site here:
I already had the folders with the KB number of each update so I just made a list of them, put them into the search field on that site, found the appropriate update intended for my system and downloaded it. Took me three hours but I got them all in the end and this time at least they're usuable installers. ANyway thanks for the replies.
My question to you is why do you have to reinstall XP multiple times?
I shall answer your question with a question; what difference does it make?