Windows XP’s Windows Genuine Advantage has been infamous for running into problems usually involving legitimate Windows XP computers being inappropriately being marked as non-genuine. Non-genuine systems cannot retrieve all of the updates issued by Microsoft through the standard “Windows Update” means. It is important to get these updates without validation as soon as possible in order to run Windows XP in optimal performance with all critical security holes patched.
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SoftwarePatch is website dedicated to patches and drivers that catalogues many important Windows XP updates. As of May 2, 2010, the security updates and patches are sorted by year along with other important downloads such as the latest Windows XP Service Pack. None of the patches are stored in the SoftwarePatch website. Instead, the direct links to these patches in Microsoft’s website are provided so the validation is bypassed.
Windows Updates Downloader is a Windows Update alternative with an extra feature that lets you save the Windows XP updates for offline use. You have to get the Windows XP Update List from the software’s home page and implement it to the program in order to see all of the updates specific to Windows XP.
WSUS Offline Update allows you to download all of the Windows XP updates to your local disk. All the downloaded updates are transferrable to other Windows XP computers that need updating. Multiple languages are supported.
Tips and warnings
- If you have not updated to Windows XP Service Pack 3, download and install that service pack first. Then download and install any updates released after May 6, 2008 using any of the methods given. Windows XP Service Pack 3 contains all of the updates released before the said date.
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