You'll probably have to install the latest WU client - see this link for details
(disregard the title) -
Updates are not installed successfully from Windows Update, from Microsoft Update, or by
using Automatic Updates after you repair a Windows XP installation
Xposting to Windows Update Newsgroup for your convenience.
TaurArian [MVP] 2005-2009 - Update Services
How to ask a question: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/555375
Computer Maintenance: Acronis / Diskeeper / Paragon / Raxco
"venajoe" <email@example.com> wrote in message
|I am trying to get a 2001 home-built XP SP2 machine back up to date, as it
| has been disconnected from internet usage for a year or so. Recently I was
| informed of an available update to Internet Explorer 7. When I proceeded
| with the installation, it failed. The first troubleshooting suggestion was
| to be sure that I have all the most current updates from Windows Update.
| Whenever I try to go there and check for new updates, I get a message that
| reads "Checking if your computer has the latest version of Windows updating
| software for use with the website." Nothing further happens. I have tried
| this several times, and have left my computer waiting on this site for hours
| in hopes it will finally do something--can anyone out there help me? Thanks!