Now that's an *entirely* different situation than what you first posted,
> My last update was in Jun 2007!
I'll assume that SP2 was installed prior to the installation of SP3.
Which means that all Security updates released prior to SP3 being
published are installed. So, the system has been kept updated up until
that point in time.
Let's try this. Click Start > then Run > in the Open: field type the
below in or copy&paste it, then click OK or press Enter
If you type it, please note the space between the "2" and the "m". And,
that's an L (l) not a one before the 3.
What message do you get ?
If it stated " Dll registration successful " or similar verbiage, then
do another attempt at updating at Windows Update.
If a different message appeared, please post exactly what it was.
If the system still can not update, please post the *last* 50 or so
lines of the WindowsUpdate.log in your next reply.
How to read the Windowsupdate.log file
> Yes it's XP SP3.
> I've been virus and spyware checking the computer every week with NOD32 (?)
> and Spysweeper. I'm beginning to wonder if the stop of windows update
> coincides with the installation of Spysweeper...
> So I have to format the computer? Bugger. It's gonna be a pain. I'll have to
> work something out...
> "MowGreen" wrote:
>>Paula ... since the system has not been updated for almost 2 years
>>there's a *strong* likelihood that it's now infected and OWNED by
>>someone other then yourself.
>>You should NEVER do ANY financial transactions from it nor be storing
>>any sensitive personal information [ie: SSN numbers/passwords for
>>banking/financial sites, etc] on it.
>>At the present time, the green scroll bar issue is the *least* of your
>>What is the installed antivirus/security suite and has it been kept up
>>to date in regards to virus definitions ?
>>When was the last time the system was scanned for malware ?
>>Which firewall is being used ?
>>Using Internet Explorer, strongly suggest you see if the OS can be
>>scanned here: http://onecare.live.com/site/en-us/center/howsafe.htm
>> From your post one can deduce that this is XP and the SP you refer to
>>is XP SP3, correct ?
>>Providing that info straight off helps out those who want to help *you*.
>> *-343-* FDNY
>>>The green scroll bar just keeps scrolling and scrolling and scrolling.
>>>Nothing's happening! I've even left it for hours a few times!
>>>My last update was in Jun 2007! I had to download service pack 3 'manually'!
>>>I've had no probs updating Office though!
>>>What's going on?