How do I repair windows update components in windows xp?

I recently installed a group of  Windows automatic updates for Windows XP. Now when booting my computer, it will get hung up on the "Windows XP"  screen and not start. I am now only able to boot my computer in Safe Mode. I ran the Microsoft Fixit tool for Windows update and the result it gave me was "windows update components need to be repaired" but offered no solution on how to repair them. I tried to do a system restore to a prior date and that didn't help either.I haven't found any answers to this problem, so any suggestions will be appreciated.

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Last updated July 4, 2018 Views 4,393 Applies to:


    • Only one (1) anti-virus application should be installed & loading at boot.

    • You should have (a) uninstalled the Norton application AND THEN (b) downloaded/run the Norton Removal Tool (c) AND THEN installed AVG Free (or another anti-virus application of your choice) BEFORE your Norton subscription had expired.

=> You are seeing the effects of a hijackware infection, possibly compounded by a W32/Alureon-variant rootkit infection!  See...

   • Cleaning a Compromised System

Follow the instructions in this post of mine in another forum (to-the-letter & in order! ) to return your computer to a secure & functional state:

If you need additional assistance with the clean install, please begin a new thread in this forum:


Your computer should NOT be connected to the internet or any local networks (i.e., other computers) in its current state. All of your personal data (e.g., online banking & credit-card passwords) should be considered at-risk, if not already compromised.

Wish I'd had better news for you.  Good luck!

~Robear Dyer (PA Bear)
Microsoft MVP (Windows Client) since October 2002

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