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XP pro SP3 & Security essentials

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by G.W., Apr 25, 2018.

  1. G.W.

    G.W. Thread Starter

    Apr 25, 2018
    Have been able to update Microsoft Security Essentials by manually downloading the latest definition files from Microsoft's Download Catalog. It could be that I'm using service pack 3. Which I also downloaded from the same site. Trick is to not put in your search box (on this site) Windows XP updates. Just put in: "service pack updates". Then scroll through the available list that pops up till you find the right version. Mine was the 32 bit version, so I could update my oem copy of 'xp pro sp2'. Did that & the updates came pouring in through "automatic updates". Hours & hours, gigabytes of downloads. :)
  2. G.W.

    G.W. Thread Starter

    Apr 25, 2018
    P.S. SP3 update file attached.
  3. flavallee

    flavallee Trusted Advisor

    May 12, 2002
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    Windows XP Pro SP3 32-bit has not supported Microsoft Security Essentials in a long time.
    You should uninstall it and then replace it with an antivirus app that's still supported.
    Avast Free Antivirus is what I use.

    You might consider keeping this webpage link handy - just in case you need to reinstall your OEM copy of Windows XP Pro SP2 32-bit.

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