Solved How to get updates for Windows XP after support ended

June 27, 2014 at 08:44:42
Specs: Win XP SP3
I have just re-installed Windows XP 32bit professional from the OEM disc onto my Dell Latitude x300 laptop. I have downloaded and installed SP3. Now I want all the other security updates since SP3. Help please

Ruth


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June 28, 2014 at 17:13:20
Ruth

Yes, an ISO is a compressed file. You do not just put the download onto a disk though. Most burner software had a "Burn an Image (ISO)" feature which you use on the file. If not you can use a small free program called IMGBurn:
http://filehippo.com/download_imgburn
(green button top right).

If you are keeping XP see these I wrote about security:
http://www.computing.net/howtos/sho...

http://www.computing.net/howtos/sho...

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks

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#1
June 27, 2014 at 09:05:32
As your title suggests, Microsoft has withdrawn support for Windows XP. And, as the files are copyright, no-one else can legally supply them without Microsoft's permission.

It really is time to stop using this obsolete software (unless you are happy to run your computer disconnected from the Internet.


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#2
June 27, 2014 at 09:21:09
Yes thank you, I have Win7 on my other two machines, and I have Mac also. There is a good reason why I want this old pc laptop to continue with XP.
I would appreciate reply to my question, thanks.

Ruth


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#3
June 27, 2014 at 09:23:55
Windows Update will work as it did before. All updates released prior to the termination of support are available. But there will be no newer updates.

Of course the best option is to upgrade to a newer and supported OS.


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#4
June 27, 2014 at 09:23:58
http://www.computing.net/answers/wi...

and here is all of them in ISO as distributed whenever...:

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/913086

http://www.computing.net/howtos/sho...

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#5
June 27, 2014 at 09:42:29
and this may be of interest"

http://www.computing.net/answers/wi...

In the second link you download a utility - and then you can access assorted flavours of updates etc...


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#6
June 27, 2014 at 14:55:52
You should be able to go to Windows Update as before and get them up to April 2014.

In fact there are still one or two program specific new updates coming down the line for a while too. From past experience with Windows 98 the website will eventually stop working properly.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks


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#7
June 27, 2014 at 15:25:16
Agree that for now the update site is "sort of working"; and one gets a message too that there is no-longer any further support/updates.

I could see a market for a disk/s that has "all" of them on it/them... As more than a few will wish to run XP for a while yet; and likely use a different browser than IE (which I have seen suggested here at CN and elsewhere)?


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#8
June 28, 2014 at 15:54:37
Thank you. All these answers are very helpful. I found that once I had added Microsoft's Update Manager, and allowed Activex, then Windows Updates did indeed work. 130 of them! Only added the critical, high priority ones.
One subsidiary question. The link about ISO disc images. I don't know anything about those. If I downloaded it, what would I do to save the updates to the pc or to an external device? Would Windows know how to extract/access the contents? Sounds a good idea to save the updates if possible. Thanks

Ruth


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#9
June 28, 2014 at 16:41:11
When I read the preamble on the site, my impression is/was that one can (obviously) save them and burn to dvd; or simply "run" them directly from wherever you save/store them. I see to recall they were described as being in effect a zip file?

But other than download them - and it took a while... - I have simply copied them to my NAS, and deleted them from my desktop hard drive (which is actually a Mac system).

The whole download process is quite lengthy...


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#10
June 28, 2014 at 17:13:20
✔ Best Answer
Ruth

Yes, an ISO is a compressed file. You do not just put the download onto a disk though. Most burner software had a "Burn an Image (ISO)" feature which you use on the file. If not you can use a small free program called IMGBurn:
http://filehippo.com/download_imgburn
(green button top right).

If you are keeping XP see these I wrote about security:
http://www.computing.net/howtos/sho...

http://www.computing.net/howtos/sho...

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks

message edited by Derek


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#11
June 29, 2014 at 10:31:57
I'm happy now that I have installed all the updates that seem to be available. I will investigate this ISO thing and see if I can make a copy. I have installed and run Belarc Advisor on the machine and it tells me there are a lot, maybe 20, of Microsoft Hotfixes that are 'critical', or 'important' that are missing. What do I do about that please? And thanks again for all the very helpful help. :-)

Ruth


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#12
June 29, 2014 at 13:14:43
Google the Hotfix KB numbers. You might be lucky but make sure they are for XP.
"Might" be able to help with any odd outstanding ones (if I have used them).

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks


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#13
June 29, 2014 at 13:46:55
Usually when you go to XP updates download site it will offer anything it thinks you don't have - and ought to? At least it does whenever I go there. It seems to do a quick look-see re' what's already installed and then offers up whatever?

Or have I just been "lucky"...?

Anyway the ISO site "allegedly" has "them all"...; all updates/critical fixes etc...


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#14
June 29, 2014 at 14:11:28
Not all hotfixes are necessary, despite Belarc. They can often apply to specific hardware that is running XP but not all, or applied only when there is a particular issue. The security updates are the ones that matter - might as well be as up to date as is possible..

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks


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#15
June 29, 2014 at 16:26:27
Thank you Derek and Trvir. I'll look into the hotfixes by KB number. See where that gets me. .......

Ruth


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#16
June 30, 2014 at 11:55:49
If you're feeling "brave", you could also try the registry hack posted on BetaNews. Be forewarned, Microsoft has also denied that this fully works:

http://betanews.com/2014/05/26/how-...

"Channeling the spirit of jboy..."


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#17
July 1, 2014 at 02:05:04
No, I'm not brave! This machine is for my grandson, so as long as it works, and is as safe as I can reasonably make it, that's good enough. But thanks all the same.

Ruth


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#18
July 1, 2014 at 05:16:27
I'm not sure I'd feel "brave" with that "hack" either. I'd certainly be inclined to first make a backup (registry at least) of things as they are now; and also set a new Windows Restore Point; as that way one might be able to undo whatever one dun if things didn't go "kwite right" - the way anticipated.

A lot to be said for the approach - if it's working OK (as in "if it ain't broke) then don't phyxe it...

At the least ensure you have a decent anti-virus utility running; Avast and Bitdefender are two of the several popular flavours suggested regularly here.. They are "free"...

And also perhaps encourage the use of say Firefox and/or Iron (SWare Iron) browser in place of Internet Explorer?


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#19
July 1, 2014 at 11:48:54
Thanks Trvir,

Yes, I have Avast on it, and Firefox, (as well as IE8, the latest IE that will work with XP, and not too clever) and have advised the use of Firefox in preference. Haven't heard of Iron, will look at it too. A Restore point is a brill suggestion, ta!

Ruth


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#20
July 2, 2014 at 00:16:26
If you are using Office 2007 or Office 2010 on XP, you will still receive those updates since they are supported products. I know because I have worked on systems with those versions of Office.

That said, Windows 2000 Windows Update still works and that OS was dropped 4 years ago.

http://sdfox7.com


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#21
September 20, 2014 at 10:24:27
An update to my reply just above:

Windows XP is no longer supported, but you will still receive updates on Windows XP for the following software products which are still supported. These are usually released monthly unless Microsoft releases an out-of-band security update (like the KB2964358 May 2014 IE bug).

-Microsoft Malicious Software Removal Tool (MSRT) (every month)
-Microsoft Silverlight
-Microsoft Office 2007
-Microsoft Office 2010

http://sdfox7.com


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