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Reupdate Windows Updates - XP Prof

By Maydaynh ·
Hey there: Wondering if any of you knowledgeable folk would know the answer to this...
Have a Dell Laptop that's been having problems for some time (not my computer!). Last one being not able to get into the computer. BSOD gave message: STOP: C0000218 {Registry File Failure} The Registry cannot load the hive (file) \systemrooot\system32\config\Software or its loge or alternate. It is corrupt, absent or not writable.
I found instructions to manually repair the registry, and went with the earliest registry settings I thought appropriate (problems been going on for some time) - August 14th or thereabouts. All went well until the 4th stage of the repair instructions which said to use the System Restore and restore to another time. Unfortunately, the system would not restore to the several dates I selected, even from Safe Mode.
However, the computer is up and running and all appears OK.
I checked for Updates on the Microsoft Website - none necessary. But the Add/Delete Software window shows updates only up to July. The list In the Update History on the Microsoft site shows that the computer has received about 60 updates since the beginning of August, but tells me that none are required at the present time.
So is there a way to re-update with those updates? Or does it sound like I've got to reinstall the whole operating system and start from scratch? (Please not!) Or should I not worry and forget about it?
Thanks for thinking about this.

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Reinstall with 'Repair' option

by CharlieSpencer In reply to Reupdate Windows Updates ...

If you know the patch or update numbers, you can go to MS's web site and download them manually.

If not, you can do an XP reinstall with the 'Repair' option. This will NOT wipe your hard drive. Your apps and data will be unaffected, but I recommend backing your data up anyway.

Instead, it will restore XP (only) to service pack (SP) level of the CD. Be aware, if your CD is a pre-SP2 CD (original no-SP XP, or XP SP1), you'll need an SP2 CD available. You won't be able to re-install any updates or patches until you update to SP2 first.

Also, you'll need your XP license key. It should be on the computer case or on the CD case. DO NOT START UNLESS YOU HAVE THE LICENSE KEY. Otherwise, you're going to get stuck at the license key prompt and may not be able to use your computer at all.

If you have a license key and XP and SP CDs, see these instructions. Depending on your system, this should take less than an hour. Once it's finished, you can reinstall all available updates and patches.

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