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First post, by Repo Man11

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This might be common knowledge for some of you, but I just discovered this and wanted to share with those who don't know; with some simple software and a registry edit you can still use Windows Update with these operating systems. It obviously won't make them secure, but that's not the only reason for using it. There's another method that I found on Reddit that works, but it doesn't work on CPUs that don't have SSE2 (such as my Athlon XP) but this method works fine.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vdIVMwV9MCk

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Reply 1 of 14, by microcutz

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I have been trying to update a couple of Socket A machines, and I had used this process to update a fewer newer machines (all with SSE2 in their respective CPU's), I have now had the answer I was struggling to find.

I wish a simple solution to update XP based CPU's existed, or a work around at the least.

Reply 2 of 14, by Repo Man11

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The downside of this is that it only checks for security updates where the WSUS method checks for everything and offers driver updates from Microsoft if available. But that method doesn't work with anything without SSE2, so you have to settle for what you can get. All part of the deal when using obsolete hardware and operating systems.

"A lot of times when you first start out on a project you think, This is never going to be finished. But then it is, and you think, Wow, it wasn't even worth it." - Jack Handey

Reply 3 of 14, by drew2020

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Repo Man11 wrote on 2022-08-20, 15:50:

This might be common knowledge for some of you, but I just discovered this and wanted to share with those who don't know; with some simple software and a registry edit you can still use Windows Update with these operating systems. It obviously won't make them secure, but that's not the only reason for using it. There's another method that I found on Reddit that works, but it doesn't work on CPUs that don't have SSE2 (such as my Athlon XP) but this method works fine.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vdIVMwV9MCk

I have a P4 on Socket 478. I think P4s have SSE2. Can you provide a link to the Reddit method requiring SSE2?
It's good to have another option.
thx

Reply 4 of 14, by Repo Man11

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drew2020 wrote on 2022-09-28, 14:32:
I have a P4 on Socket 478. I think P4s have SSE2. Can you provide a link to the Reddit method requiring SSE2? It's good to have […]
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Repo Man11 wrote on 2022-08-20, 15:50:

This might be common knowledge for some of you, but I just discovered this and wanted to share with those who don't know; with some simple software and a registry edit you can still use Windows Update with these operating systems. It obviously won't make them secure, but that's not the only reason for using it. There's another method that I found on Reddit that works, but it doesn't work on CPUs that don't have SSE2 (such as my Athlon XP) but this method works fine.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vdIVMwV9MCk

I have a P4 on Socket 478. I think P4s have SSE2. Can you provide a link to the Reddit method requiring SSE2?
It's good to have another option.
thx

Here you go: https://www.reddit.com/r/windowsxp/comments/l … p_with_windows/

"A lot of times when you first start out on a project you think, This is never going to be finished. But then it is, and you think, Wow, it wasn't even worth it." - Jack Handey

Reply 5 of 14, by drew2020

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Repo Man11 wrote on 2022-09-28, 16:23:
drew2020 wrote on 2022-09-28, 14:32:
I have a P4 on Socket 478. I think P4s have SSE2. Can you provide a link to the Reddit method requiring SSE2? It's good to have […]
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Repo Man11 wrote on 2022-08-20, 15:50:

This might be common knowledge for some of you, but I just discovered this and wanted to share with those who don't know; with some simple software and a registry edit you can still use Windows Update with these operating systems. It obviously won't make them secure, but that's not the only reason for using it. There's another method that I found on Reddit that works, but it doesn't work on CPUs that don't have SSE2 (such as my Athlon XP) but this method works fine.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vdIVMwV9MCk

I have a P4 on Socket 478. I think P4s have SSE2. Can you provide a link to the Reddit method requiring SSE2?
It's good to have another option.
thx

Here you go: https://www.reddit.com/r/windowsxp/comments/l … p_with_windows/

I tried it. Didn't work for me.
thx

Reply 6 of 14, by Repo Man11

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drew2020 wrote on 2022-09-29, 01:41:
Repo Man11 wrote on 2022-09-28, 16:23:
drew2020 wrote on 2022-09-28, 14:32:

I have a P4 on Socket 478. I think P4s have SSE2. Can you provide a link to the Reddit method requiring SSE2?
It's good to have another option.
thx

Here you go: https://www.reddit.com/r/windowsxp/comments/l … p_with_windows/

I tried it. Didn't work for me.
thx

What went wrong for you?

"A lot of times when you first start out on a project you think, This is never going to be finished. But then it is, and you think, Wow, it wasn't even worth it." - Jack Handey

Reply 7 of 14, by drew2020

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Repo Man11 wrote on 2022-09-29, 02:02:

I followed the steps but the update was never initiated. Nothing happened

Reply 8 of 14, by Repo Man11

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Did you receive a firewall warning when you started the WSUS proxy tool? Did the Windows Update Mini Tool just run and never deliver any updates? I've used this on several systems now, including a P4, and it has worked well; the only system that it hasn't worked for me was my Athlon one, which was why I was happy to find the method outlined in the first post of this thread.

"A lot of times when you first start out on a project you think, This is never going to be finished. But then it is, and you think, Wow, it wasn't even worth it." - Jack Handey

Reply 9 of 14, by Gamecollector

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The instruction misses 1 step.
8.5. Select "WSUS" in the WUMT "Update Service" droplist.
Tested on my retroPC (WinXPSP3 Pro), updates were founded, downloaded and installed.

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Reply 10 of 14, by Repo Man11

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I recently installed XP on a system and this wasn't working. I realized that I hadn't enabled automatic updates while installing the OS, and the update tool was stuck checking for updates. The option in Security Center to enable automatic updates was greyed out, and I had to go into the registry to enable them. Once I did that, this method then worked.

"A lot of times when you first start out on a project you think, This is never going to be finished. But then it is, and you think, Wow, it wasn't even worth it." - Jack Handey

Reply 12 of 14, by Repo Man11

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I'm testing an Albatron KX400-8XV I picked up and this method is still working.

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