An error in updating your system has occurred xp sp3

The following information on this error has been compiled by Neo Smart Technologies, based on the information gathered and reported by our global network of engineers, developers, and technicians or partner organizations.The error messages, alerts, warnings, and symptoms below are tied to this error.The first system was a Gateway, the second was a Dell - but based on what I've read about others with this problem, it can be any system at all.In the first case, I put in a CD with XP SP3 to do all the updates at once. In the other case, I tried a small step - first to XP SP2, then up to XP SP3 - and it was broken as well.Then it ran fine, did its updates, and then proceeded to go into a loop bouncing between two screens in IE and not run again.At this point, for fun I gave the Microsoft Fix-It tool another try - this tool has never worked in the past, but to my amazement this time it worked perfectly!Every time a computer is turned on, as part of the boot process the BIOS tries to find a bootable drive to continue the loading process by starting its first sector.

Windows Update was so broken I couldn't even manually download the patch set for MS14-068 - it would run, unpack, give an error, not write a log file, and exit.What fixed it: I did the manual install procedure below, though other files had to be copied as well and renamed in the process.Once that was done, Windows Update ran - the first thing it did was run an update that updated Windows Update components.Like a good computer professional, before turning it back over to the client, you are going to apply all the service packs, patches, and updates that Microsoft might want the system to have.Except when you go to update.(or windowsupdate.microsoft.com, or windowsupdate.com, or whatever URL that redirects you to the Microsoft update engine), all you get is a referral to article 2497281 that says you should try a few steps manually.

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