The biggest issue is that XP needs *** SERVICE PACK 3 ***
You can rail about WU to your heart's content, but there is a temp
workaround for what you are witnessing.
And, no, it's not the latest msi.dll, if that's the 'fix' that MS sent
to you. Search this newsgroup and you'll find it.
Because of the push to get Vista out, SP3 for XP was pushed back. When
did SP2 come out ? 3 years after XP was released . And that was a
*major* reworking of XP, it was not just limited to hotfixes, rollups,
There have been a considerable amount of updates since SP2 was released.
When a system is scanned at WU or even when Automatic Updates is spawned
by svchost, there is CONSIDERABLE territory to cover. That's what is the
main cause of the CPU spiking to 100%.
It is not the architecture. In fact, MS has done a laudable job with the
updating process. Think of all the possible permutations of hard and
software that exist on PCs worldwide. Now check the Windows Update
newsgroup. What percentage of all PC Users post to the WU newsgroup ?
VERY small compared to the total number of Users.
That does *not* absolve MS from any blame for not getting SP3 out
faster. But, compare the updating process of MS with other software vendors.
Sun is a joke. They leave vulnerable, older versions on the system AND
they attempt to install a Google toolbar/ desktop search with their updates.
Same with Adobe. They try to install the Yahoo toolbar with each new
version of FlashPlayer that is released for SECURITY reasons.
*** How much yowling would there be if MS tried to install the MSN
toolbar with their SECURITY updates ? ***
There are no alternative update methods for Adobe or Sun. MS at leasts
offers Users a choice.
You can just be notified of updates and then obtain them at the MS
Download Center or the Windows Update Catalog. Plus, they offer
different means of said notification.
I don't see other software vendors offering that.
Sorry, I disagree with your conclusion that Windows updating is
unusable. Have only had 2 updates fail to install in 11 years, so MS
must be doing something right.
MowGreen [MVP 2003-2007]