Windows XP SP1 won't let me update

Microsoft Windows xp home edition with s...
July 10, 2010 at 11:57:57
Specs: Windows XP service pack 1, 504 mb of ram
I am using a computer that my brother gave me. I have a pretty good idea of what happened. They tried to wipe it clean before they gave it to me and erased something important. As soon as I hooked up to the internet (I'm using Shaw wireless) I started getting error signature messages and the Windows won't let me update manually or through the microsoft website. I have tried EVERYTHING. The problem is because I can't update my background intelligent transer and my service pack I have no antivirus. I can't find an anti virus program that will let me download without at least a service pack 2 or 3. My copy of Windows is genuine. I have all of the cds that my brother gave me to reinstall. It's a Dell Pentium 4 computer. I'm wondering if my best option at this point is to format my C drive and reinstall a fresh Windows with the CD he gave me. My question is how do you go about doing that. I have no files or important documents I need at this point but I'm afraid I'll delete something that I need to reinstall but then I'm also afraid that I have tons of viruses and whatever's on the C drive might be corrupted. Does anyonehave any suggestions??

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July 10, 2010 at 14:41:30
If you have a windows xp disk, you could try a repair install.

It would be an idea to backup your drivers to an external drive,
something like double driver

If you only have xp with no service packs, download them to
an external drive

i suggest you get all of them, just in case. I think you need sp
1a at least before you can install sp 3. I think you can go
straight to sp 3 without installing sp 2.

You can install service packs, before going on the internet.
Then there are lots of free anti virus programs, download one,
to an external drive, before you reinstall windows.

If you have a recovery disk, it might have drivers on it. But you
will need to network card driver installed before you can get on
the internet. If you have a dell or hp, go to the support page to
download & save the drivers.

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July 10, 2010 at 15:54:49
I tried to download service pack 1a and a warning came up that it can't continue downloading because there's a HUGE amount of corrupt files on Service Pack 1. The list was so long I would have been writing for about half an hour. Does this mean I have to format my hard drive and reinstall or is there something I can do to repair corrupt files?? I've done a repair install of Windows already and I still have a lot of problems and I have no idea what my brother did when he had this computer. I have all of the Dell Cds for reinstalling drivers and programs so that's good.

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July 11, 2010 at 00:21:40
I would now try a fresh install. However, I would download the service packs using another pc, that way you will have them installed before you go on the internet.

A thank you would be nice, if I have helped.

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July 11, 2010 at 09:38:05
Thank You so much guys for all of your help. I did a scan for mailicous software through Microsoft and it said I had 630 viruses. Ouch!! They were all the same too. It was a Win32 virus?? I think that is my best option right now. Start fresh and format. The good thing is I haven't been using this vcomputer for long so I haven't put anything really important on here. I hate to sound like an idiot but would someone be able to provide me with the steps on how to back up my hard drive. Do you use a CD because I don't have a slot for floppy discs. I've never done it before. Any help would be much appreciated. Thank You.

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July 11, 2010 at 10:04:20
Personally, I would go for an external usb drive.

Depending on the amount you want to store,

Or even a 2 or 4gb flash drive.

If you have a dvd burner you could burn to dvd or cd.

The advantage of an external drive, is that you can use it to
backup or create an image of your hard drive after you have
created a new install.

As for what to back up. Go to my documents & copy that
over, do a virus scan. You don't want to copy any viruses.

If you have recovery disks, then they will probably have the
drivers on them.

A thank you would be nice, if I have helped.

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