Article ID: 896532 - View products that this article applies to.
This article is Part 7 of the Reinstalling Windows XP Home guide. This part explains how to run Windows Update.
To view the other topics of the Reinstalling Windows XP Home guide, see the Microsoft Knowledge Base articles that are listed in the "References" section.
The Reinstalling Windows XP Home guide includes the following topics:
Part 1: Introduction Part 2: Preparing Windows XP for reinstallation Part 3: Creating partitions Part 4: Installing Windows Part 5: Post-installing devices Part 6: Configuring the work environment Part 7: Running Windows Update
Programs are constantly revised and enhanced. This includes Microsoft Windows XP. You should make sure that you have the latest version installed.
Windows Update is an easy way of staying up-to-date with the latest version of Windows XP. You can use the Internet and download the latest updates at any time.
After reinstallation, there are generally several updates available. To simplify things, you should install the most recent service pack first. The most recent service pack for Windows XP is Service Pack 2 (SP2). You do not have to install SP2 if you used a Windows installation CD that included this service pack.
Installing SP2For more information about how to install Windows XP Service Pack 2, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
889736As soon as you have completed the installation of Windows XP SP2, you may want to install several other updates that were released after Windows XP SP2 was released. To install those updates, you can run Windows Update.
(http://support.microsoft.com/kb/889736/ )Windows XP Service Pack 2 (Part 2): Installing Service Pack 2
Running Windows Update
For more information about this topic, click the following article numbers to view the articles in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
Part 1This article is a translation from German. Any subsequent changes or additions to the original German article may not be reflected in this translation. The information that is contained in this article is based on the German-language versions of this product. The accuracy of this information relative to other language versions of this product is not tested in the framework of this translation. Microsoft makes this information available without warranty of its accuracy or functionality and without warranty of the completeness or accuracy of the translation.
(http://support.microsoft.com/kb/896527/EN-US/ )Preparing Windows XP for reinstallation
(http://support.microsoft.com/kb/896528/EN-US/ )Creating partitions
(http://support.microsoft.com/kb/896529/EN-US/ )Installing Windows
(http://support.microsoft.com/kb/896530/EN-US/ )Post-installing devices
(http://support.microsoft.com/kb/896531/EN-US/ )Configuring the work environment
The third-party products that this article discusses are manufactured by companies that are independent of Microsoft. Microsoft makes no warranty, implied or otherwise, regarding the performance or reliability of these products.