Windows XP Pro SP2 on BootCamp, Windows won't update

TableSyrup

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Trying to update Windows XP Pro SP2 on a BootCamp install,
and IE crashes when I tell it to connect for updates

Any ideas???

BootCamp shows version 3.1
(The Windows Support stuff was installed from a Retail Snow Leopard disc)

My internet connection is good though....
I'm lost
 

TableSyrup

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Sorry.

Snow Leopard, 10.6.8
BootCamp 3.1
MacBook Late 2007 Santa Rosa
Currently Windows XP Pro SP2

Just want to update everything in windows: QT, Service Packs, Etc Etc

Everything on my XP install is going to be dated since it is an old retail disk.

Gonna cause me issues as I start installing softwares

I'll go check your links
 
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TableSyrup

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I read the macworld link.

Not quite sure this is my issue.

Since my XP install is not showing any updates available, I navigate through control panel to Security Center, and on the left panel, select 'Check for the latest updates from Windows Update'

It launches Internet Explorer, takes me to the updates section (had to install active X control), I select Express Install, then it says 'the website has encountered a problem and cannot display the page you are trying to view'

Maybe cause IE is so old?

Tried to install Chrome, but tells me I need SP3

So, as it sits right now, I cannot perform Windows updates.

I also checked Apple Software Update, and within a second it tells me no updates are available, which, I don't know if there should be any.

I am downloading SP3 now.... hopefully this helps on the Windows end.

Thanx for your response.... I'll post back after SP3 install (Which is gonna take forever)
 
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TableSyrup

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Ok, now it's downloading updated update software... hahaha... I hate Windows.
Seems that was the issue. all is well now. Thank you.

On another note, a Q per the link you provided....

By changing the AppleMNT file name, the Mac OS 'drive' doesn't show....

I would actually prefer that, but, say I make a scratch drive partition on that drive in FAT format, would having AppleMNT changed prevent the scratch partition from being accessed????

I'd like to have a small partition available to read&write between OS's.
If I'm not mistaken, a FAT partition with MBR would be the best way to do this..??
 
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Glad you got it sorted out!

I would actually prefer that, but, say I make a scratch drive partition on that drive in FAT format, would having AppleMNT changed prevent the scratch partition from being accessed????
It should not have any effect.

I'd like to have a small partition available to read&write between OS's.
If I'm not mistaken, a FAT partition with MBR would be the best way to do this..??
I'm not a fan of manually adding another partition to the internal HDD. Once you do that Boot Camp Assistant can't help you anymore.

When I dual booted regularly I used an SD card for this purpose. Alternatively a NAS is another good solution for seamless and safe sharing between OSes.

B
 
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