Windows Updates Hang on new install of XP SP3

A known MS fudge …
this guide assumes you’ve :-
— installed Windows XP
— installed Windows XP Service Pack 2
— installed Windows XP Service Pack 3

Install this update (KB946928)
Install Microsoft Internet Explorer v8.0
Goto Windows Updates … but! … install Microsoft Update (not Windows Update)

If Windows Updates get stuck later on … see :

Run Microsoft Update from the Start Menu and it will update and won’t hog the CPU :

Here’s the proof, it really does work ! Sure the 1st few seconds will max the CPU but that’s always the Windows Update way … but after a few moments it will go back to normal :::

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