Reply To: help with windows update with xp sp3 and ie8
Well, XP may be dead — but Microsoft still is supplying some updates.
Throw “windows updates for xp sp3” in your favorite search engine and you will find links to where these can be downloaded from on the Microsoft site. There were a couple there in May 2017 — so some things are being looked at.
I think I would replace the SP3 as a start (that is also available) again. Or, maybe a “repair install”, while maybe a bit more drastic, would fix things. And should not screw up the personal files and data. I am sure you can also download an ISO for XP from Microsoft. Be sure you use the correct version of XP to match what you are repairing (32 bit or 64 bit, and SP level). From what I understand the 64 bit was buggy.
The individual updates will need to be manually installed. But, there is still info out on the web as to where the updates are downloaded to and installed from. Google (or equivalent) is your friend.
And, a final thought — there should be backups to the registry on the disk.