The built-in firewall is not enough, and Windows XP has no antivirus, no antispyware and no security updates. Because when it comes to the security of your Windows XP PC, some risks just aren't worth taking.
In fact, Microsoft themselves stopped supporting Windows XP back in 2014, meaning they no longer release security updates for it. AVG antivirus gives you essential protection for your Windows XP PC, stopping viruses, spyware and other malware.
Also, I went through the security center as well but the system will not allow me to change it from off to on. Your amazing and brilliant solution had me fixed in less than 5 minutes.
Can you explain why its doing this and tell me how to fix the problem? After I fought the problem for MONTHS, Arun Soman's solution finally solved my problem. My computer wouldn't let me rename the C:\Windows\Software Distribution folder (due to the Reporting file being in use) and so I created a new folder (named "Software Distribution NEW") and cut and pasted all of the files (except the Reporting file) from \Software Distribution into it. I have had nothing but trouble with Windows Update. Thanks you times 10 for your insight and for posting this solution!!!!
Windows XP won’t be officially supported for much longer.
Sure, you could keep using it — it won’t just stop working one day.
Try using modern hardware or software on Windows 98, Windows Me, or even Windows 2000 — even Firefox no longer supports Windows 2000. Perhaps you’ve heard about how awkward Windows 8 can be on traditional computers — If you’re using Windows XP, we’re assuming you’re not using one of Microsoft’s Windows XP tablets.
Or perhaps you’re perfectly happy with your existing software and just use your computer for very basic things, so you don’t see the point in paying Microsoft an upgrade fee.
Also, because you’re installing updates for a system other than Windows XP, there’s the possibility that not all updates will work as intended. There is a big x over the automatic updates shield. I was getting conflicts with my video driver so my display reverted to 640x480. In addition my computer boot-up and program opening have speed-ed up dramatically. I was getting the message that I needed to be an administrator in order to install updates, even though I was logged in as the issue, updates not working after reinstall and sp3. Arun, I registered to this site just to thank you so very much for this solution.I tried going in under control panel and turn the updates on but it will not allow me to do so. Could not rename the folder but just went to CP and disabled automatic updates then re-enabled them. I spent 1.5 hours with Microsoft and another 2 hours on the web trying to fix this XP update problem.This is based on Windows XP Service Pack 3, and the security updates which are being released for it are essentially the same ones Microsoft would have pushed out for XP, if it was still doing so. You’ll need to make sure is the proper extension -- so not "txt". Windows will now automatically fetch updates designed for POSReady 2009, ensuring XP remains protected for the foreseeable future.You can’t simply install the updates -- that would be too easy -- and you’ll receive a version mismatch error if you try. If it’s not showing up as a registry file, open any folder, go to Tools Save it, and then double-click the file. This trick only works for 32-bit editions of XP, but there’s a workaround for 64-bit versions here.If you’re an XP user, or know some XP users, there’s a trick which makes it possible to receive security updates for the aging OS for another five years -- right up until April 2019.