Impact of MS Updates, system very slow

1. My system has slowed down noticeably in loading applications and Word documents and additionally, my boot process now unnecessarily carries out a 3-phase auto chkdsk of one of my 4 partitions (F:), each time finding no bad sectors or other damage and then completing the boot up uneventfully. (I also confirmed the fault-free status of my entire disk with a 5-phase chkdsk separately). 2. The two troubles began when, on MS Updates prompt, I installed the following 8 updates on June 13, 2012: (1) ****. Security Update to IE.6 for XP (KB2699988). (2) Security Update .Net Framework 2.0 SP2, Server 2003 and WinXPx86 (KB2656369). (3) Security Update .Net Framework 2.0 SP2, Server 2003 and WinXPx86 (KB2686828). (4) Security Update WinXP (KB2685939). (5) Security Update WinXP (KB2707511). (6) Security Update WinXP (KB2709162). (7) Update Outlook 2007 Junk Email filter (KB2687267). (8) Malicious Software Removal Tool June 2012. 3. The installation of the 8 was successful except in one case, Serial # (3) above, that of "Security Update .Net Framework 2.0 SP2, Server 2003 and WinXPx86 (KB2686828)", which "failed to install" according to a Microsoft screen notice. 4. I would be grateful for any information or advice about this first of a kind event in my decade long experience with Windows XP. 5. My system: XP Pro (SP 3) with a 2.4 GHz Core 2 Quad, Memory 4096 MB and two Graphic Cards: MSI 667-MD (1.0 GB D5) plus ATI Radeon HD 5670 (512 MB). Intel RealTek HDA card on Motherboard. Three-Monitor setup. Sincerely, Gen Hektor.

Hi Gen Hektor,


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Follow the suggestions listed below for a possible fix:


Method 1: You may test the issue in a clean boot state and check if that helps resolve the Windows Update installation issue.

You may configure the computer in clean boot and check if the issue persists. It will start Windows XP by using a minimal set of drivers and startup programs and helps to eliminate software conflicts.


How to configure Windows XP to start in a "clean boot" state


If the issue does not persist you may continue with step 2 from the above link.


Make sure you reset the computer to normal mode after the troubleshooting completes. Refer the section “Steps to configure Windows to use a Normal startup state”


Method 2: You may follow steps from the Microsoft Knowledge Base article and check.


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Last updated March 25, 2020 Views 468 Applies to: