How to stop updating windows xp to sp2
In addition, a review of the update history (click on "Review your update history" in the left side gray stripe) showed no failures at all.
This allows Microsoft to download an Active X control that gathers assorted debugging information and sends it back to them.
This thread, XP SP3 Preventing any other Windows Update Installs, started almost 3 months ago.
The thread includes an email from Microsoft technical support with three possible fixes.
If they had previously selected a program and ticked "Always perform this action", there was no easily-discoverable way to undo the "always" flag to make the dialog reappeared and allow the user to select the new program instead.
Second, many programs, upon installation, secretly hacked the undocumented CD autoplay settings in order to set themselves as the default CD autoplay handler, gleefully overriding the user's previously-stated preference.