I cannot update Windows XP. I have scanned various suggestions, and tried several proposed solutions, to no avail. For example, I have used various Microsoft "FixIt" "solutions". They don't fix anything, though at one point, the computer ran at 50% CPU through the night, until I did a hard boot in the morning. I have used msconfig to not use "start-ups" and only load Microsoft Services. I have gone to %windir% and renamed the folder "SoftwareDistribution" into sth else. It all gets me a bit further, but I don't get a resolution. Here is what happens. I go to the "Windows Update" website. I now mostly got around the problem "The website encountered a problem..." and get to the place where it says "Custom install" or " Express install". If do "Express Install", it starts downloading the first file, but then gets stuck at the last 0.10 MB and just hangs there: I left it running a whole night, several times, didn't go anywhere. So I tried "Custom Install", trying just a single one of the items listed there. I tried the first, it was 0.5 MB or so, downloaded alright, but failed to install. The website then recommends to click on "Update History", but that's empty. I tried the whole procedure again for other items on the list. For example, right now, I am trying the "Security Update for Microsoft .Net Framework 2.0 SP2 on Windows Server 2003 and Windows XP x86 (KB2656369) (update 1 of 1)". I got it downloaded, it said installing, it stalled in the middle for about five minutes, now the green bar is full, but nothing is happening (it seems to have trouble finishing). I will let it sit over night again, see whether it will get itself tidied up, but I doubt it. I should mention that I have a "svchost.exe" process sitting at 1,507500 MB (that's 1.5 GB) "Mem Usage". It's not a virus (I checked with Malwarebytes, as well as the MS checker, as well as various suggestions on the website --- this is Microsoft doing it). Sometimes, that process eats 50% of CPU or more. Auto-update seems to have sth to do with it: in any case, auto-update does not do what it is promising.
Ok, what am I doing wrong? And what I fail to understand: why can't I download the updates manually and install them manually? That would be a step forward ... But most importantly: how can I solve this conundrum?