only install the activex-control that you are initially prompted to install, then close "internet explorer".3: after closing "internet explorer", on your computer, go to "system", in "control panel", and ..
the purpose for rebooting the computer is to shut down whatever windows "automatic updates" might be doing, like causing "svchost" to hang..
The "joys" of Windows Update not working in Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8/8.1 and 10 are numerous: not receiving or not being able to install updates, repeated installation of same updates, or in worse cases, endless reboot cycles in Windows Vista and later.
First, check if you have enough free disk space (at least 1 gigabyte) on your hard drive.
If not, read the Remove temporary files article on how to get rid of unnecessary files with CCleaner.
Second, verify that time and date are correct on your PC - a date in the past or the future prevents both Windows Update and Genuine Windows Validation tool from working properly.
This allows Microsoft to download an Active X control that gathers assorted debugging information and sends it back to them.
View the screenshots below to see some of the features it can add to XP.
While consumers are conditioned to call their hardware manufacturer for technical support, Microsoft offers free support for Service Pack 3 for Windows XP, IE7 and Windows Update.
Support for SP3 and IE7 is offered on the phone (866-234-6020), although, I had The best way to do this is with Internet Explorer on the computer with the problem.
in my experience, sometimes it does cause "svchost" to hang and sometimes it doesn't..
either way, i don't want windows "automatic updates" to be running.4: after having installed the activex-control that you were initially prompted to install, at the "microsoft update" webpage, you will be able to access the "microsoft update" webpage with windows "automatic updates" turned off and proceed to install all of the windows-updates, in whatever manner you choose..first, let me say that, when you click the button, to scan for updates, at the "microsoft update" webpage, yes, it seems to take forever to complete the scan, before if finally prompts you to install any updates..