Step 2 – INSTALL WINDOWS XP SERVICE PACK 3 Download: Mirror 1 | Mirror 2 This will install a bunch of updates which will allow us to install Internet Explorer 8 in the next step, which finally gives us access to the Windows Update website.
Once you have the Service Pack 3 installed, proceed to Step 3.
Now just visit the Windows Update website and keep installing the updates that appear there until the computer is fully up to date.
Step 5 – INSTALL HARDWARE DRIVERS At this point the computer is up and running on Windows XP, but you probably need to install some hardware drivers to get the full benefit your computer has to offer.
The names of these devices will be ambiguous – Modem Device or SM Bus Controller – but you can Google these names along with your computer make/model and usually find the matching driver. Finally, check out some recommended software for Windows XP at the end of this article.
Your best bet is to format the hard drive and reinstall Windows XP, but if you can’t do that, you will definitely want to run at least 3 different virus/malware scanners before using it.
If you’re unable to install Service Pack 3 at this point, you might need to apply a few of the Windows Updates that have trickled in first.
Go ahead and install any of the updates that appear.
And it might be a good idea not to use it for critical stuff like banking.
And like I said earlier, Windows XP is no longer supported by Microsoft which means they won’t patch any security problems and you could be a sitting duck for some kind of remote exploit.