Since you did a re-install, did you install these drivers from here, in this order?
Desktop System Software or Notebook System SoftwareChipset or SMBus driverProcessor Driver (if applicable)VideoAudio (sound)Input Drivers (keyboard/mouse)ModemNetwork Card
Validate your version of Windows again from here.
Now Re-register the Windows Update DLL with the commands below
Click Start, click Run, type cmd, and then click OK.
Type the following commands. Press ENTER after each command.
regsvr32 wuapi.dllregsvr32 wuaueng.dllregsvr32 wuaueng1.dllregsvr32 wucltui.dllregsvr32 wups.dllregsvr32 wups2.dllregsvr32 wuweb.dll
Attempt to run Windows Update
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Thanks for your reply. You mentioned a re-install, I assume of the Windows Media Player 11. Actually I never got it to re-install.
I may not be knowledgable enuf to follow your instructions. I went to the driver location you gave me. I assumed you ment drivers for the Desktop System Software, Chipset or SMBus Driver, etc. I looked thru all the various drivers and the only one that looked half way close was the chipset driver.
I did validate my version of windows and re-register the windows update dll in cmd.
Still now joy in running the windows update.
The Windows Media Player is in the Windows updates.
I would backup all my files and folders and burn them to a disk.
Insert the Operating System disk.
Restart your computer.
Press any key to boot from CD.
Do the agreement.
Now choose repair. It should make the operating system go back to the way it was when you purchased it. Takes about 40 minutes, pending on the system. It should hopefully keep your files and folders intact but, that's why we had you make a backup copy, just in case.
You may have to Validate once again, re-register the dlls and you will definately have to get all the Windows Updates again. I usually take the recommended ones as well.
Thanks, I think this is the way to go . I am presently doing a back up, and then will go thru the repair. Do you know how I can look up what the Product Key is. I have my XP Pro disk, with the product Key secured to the disk case. I'm sure it goes with this computer but I am not certain. As Long as I have the SP Pro disk and the key that goes with it shouldn't be a problem, Right!
Thanks again for your help.