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Saturday, March 29, 2014

Mount a Windows Share in OS X and Have it Reconnect at Login (Share Windows Documents to Mac)

Mount a Windows Share in OS X and Have it Reconnect at Login

Something Mac users often need to do is be able to access files stored on Windows shares. Here’s a good way to mount those share, and keep them mounting at login.
Mounting the Windows Share
When you are in Finder you can click Go and Connect to Server or you can type Command + K to get to the same menu.

In Server Address you will need to put the location of you Windows share with this format smb://server/share where server is the name or IP address of your Windows machine and share is going to be the folder or drive you want to mount.

If your Windows share requires authentication it will ask you for that info here.

Now if you have Connected Servers showing on your desktop, it will show up on your desktop an in Finder.

Making the Share Mount at Login
To keep the share showing up when you have to log out seems pretty difficult. The internet is littered with ways to write scripts to allow you to do this. But OS X makes it pretty simple if you are just needing to add the share to your machine.
You will need to be in System Preferences for this, which you can get to by clicking on the Apple Menu and then going to System Preferences.

Then you will go to Accounts.

Once in Accounts, you will need go to the Login Items tab. Then you will just drag the share from your desktop or Finder window into the Login Items list.

If your share requires authentication, it may be possible to add the username and password into your keychain with the check box in the authentication window. Some shares will not work with the keychain though.
This is pretty nice if you are working a lot between OS X and Windows, and need to move files between the two.

Beginner: How To Set Up A Static IP in Mac OS X

Beginner: How To Set Up A Static IP in Mac OS X

When organizing your home or small office network sometimes it can be easier to assign each computer it’s own IP address rather than using DHCP. Today we take a look at how to do it in OS X.
Previously we showed you how to set a Static IP in Windows, and you have a Mac machine on your network, you might want to assign it a Static IP as well.
Set Static IP in OS X
You will need to open System Preferences, once there open Network
It would be a good idea to to edit the Locations so that you can easily change from DHCP to manual IP simply. You will need to go to Edit Locations… with in the Network Preference Pane

Name it something that will let you remember what it is for.
Once you have named the new location you will click on the connection you want to set manually. In this example we will use Ethernet. From the Configure IPv4 drop down we will choose Manually.

Now we will add the IP Address, Subnet Mask, Router, DNS and Search Domains. In this example we will use Google’s DNS which is and your Search Domain will depend on your network.

This is a handy little option to use if you are setting up your own small network for home office or even LAN parties. It can be helpful when troubleshooting networks as well.
Another OS X networking article you might be interested in is how to mount a Windows share in OS X.

How to Assign a Static IP Address in Windows 7, 8, XP, or Vista

How to Assign a Static IP Address in Windows 7, 8, XP, or Vista

When organizing your home network it’s easier to assign each computer it’s own IP address than using DHCP. Here we will take a look at doing it in XP, Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 8.1.
If you have a home network with several computes and devices, it’s a good idea to assign each of them a specific address. If you use DHCP (Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol), each computer will request and be assigned an address every time it’s booted up. When you have to do troubleshooting on your network, it’s annoying going to each machine to figure out what IP they have.
Using Static IPs prevents address conflicts between devices and allows you to manage them more easily. Assigning IPs to Windows is essentially the same process, but getting to where you need to be varies between each version.

Windows 7 or Windows 8.x

To change the computer’s IP address in Windows 7, type network and sharing into the Search box in the Start Menu and select Network and Sharing Center when it comes up. If you are in Windows 8.x it will be on the Start Screen itself, like the screenshot at the top of this article.
1start menu
Then when the Network and Sharing Center opens, click on Change adapter settings. This will be the same on Windows 7 or 8.x.
Right-click on your local adapter and select Properties.
3local area connection
In the Local Area Connection Properties window highlight Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4) then click the Properties button.
Now select the radio button Use the following IP address and enter in the correct IP, Subnet mask, and Default gateway that corresponds with your network setup. Then enter your Preferred and Alternate DNS server addresses. Here we’re on a home network and using a simple Class C network configuration and Google DNS.
Check Validate settings upon exit so Windows can find any problems with the addresses you entered. When you’re finished click OK.
Now close out of the Local Area Connections Properties window.
Windows 7 will run network diagnostics and verify the connection is good. Here we had no problems with it, but if you did, you could run the network troubleshooting wizard.
Now you can open the command prompt and do an ipconfig  to see the network adapter settings have been successfully changed.
Windows Vista
Changing your IP from DHCP to a Static address in Vista is similar to Windows 7, but getting to the correct location is a bit different. Open the Start Menu, right-click on Network, and select Properties.
The Network and Sharing Center opens…click on Manage network connections.
Right-click on the network adapter you want to assign an IP address and click Properties.
Highlight Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4) then click the Properties button.
Now change the IP, Subnet mask, Default Gateway, and DNS Server Addresses. When you’re finished click OK.
You’ll need to close out of Local Area Connection Properties for the settings to go into effect.
Open the Command Prompt and do an ipconfig to verify the changes were successful.
Windows XP
In this example we’re using XP SP3 Media Center Edition and changing the IP address of the Wireless adapter.
To set a Static IP in XP right-click on My Network Places and select Properties.
Right-click on the adapter you want to set the IP for and select Properties.
Highlight Internet Protocol (TCP/IP) and click the Properties button.
Now change the IP, Subnet mask, Default Gateway, and DNS Server Addresses. When you’re finished click OK.
You will need to close out of the Network Connection Properties screen before the changes go into effect.
Again you can verify the settings by doing an ipconfig in the command prompt. In case you’re not sure how to do this, click on Start then Run.
In the Run box type in cmd and click OK.
Then at the prompt type in ipconfig and hit Enter. This will show the IP address for the network adapter you changed.
If you have a small office or home network, assigning each computer a specific IP address makes it a lot easier to manage and troubleshoot network connection problems.

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Delight Belle Refresh Custom Firmware for Nokia N8 – Download & Flashing Tutorial Guide BY RAFOMAC

Delight Belle Refresh Custom Firmware for Nokia N8 – Download & Flashing Tutorial Guide

Delight Belle Refresh Flashing Tutorial Guide for
Nokia N8
Delight Belle Refresh v111.040.1511 Custom firmware for Nokia N8 has just arrived. Earlier we had tried XEON Belle Refresh CFW on our Nokia N8 upon user recommendations and it is still awesome. Only limitation in Xeon CFW was unavailability of multiple languages. For the sake of change you guys can try out Delight Belle Refresh custom firmware on Nokia N8 which has latest updated widgets and supports multiple languages.

You have the flexibility to download your desired language set (ROFS2) before flashing and replace it with the one present inside the default CFW package. Detailed change-logs are available below. Before you start following this tutorial, we recommend you to have a look at Cfficial Nokia Belle Refresh Change-logs.

Credits: huellif, freaxs_r_us & nicesoni_ash.

Changelog v6.099
  • the greek capital letter “Δ” (delta) was missing in the font
  • renaming profile was fixed
  • gallery exclude /effects folder mod
  • fixed spanish & latin american spanish & finnish widget list
  • 5 pages symbols mod translated to ALL languages
  • translate commlauncher in widget list
  • fix translation of Email small / 1 line in all languages
  • fixed chinese and taiwan chinese and ready for FIRST release
  • gallery doesn’t show broken img’s anymore
  • show hidden apps done
  • Delight Menu now changeable through resolver
  • Tethering for USA enabled
  • 22 Equalizer sets added by viral
  • easy “updater” app by huellif
  • x-plore default language set to english
  • fixed effects issues
  • Gallery widget skin now runs from C:\ (it’s included into resolver Skin Switcher)
  • erased pre-set feeds
  • added Delight Blog posts feed & Delight Blog comments feed
  • some other small fixes
Delight Belle v6.0 Changelog:
Integrated ROMPatcher 3.1 (incl. Domainsrv autostart)
Integrated installserver.exe
Modded autostart (removed system apps), added ROMPatcher
Full close system apps
Added useful ROMPatches
ID3 and EQ editor mods
added ported Anna and S^3 screensavers (Animation, Slideshow and Music Player)
Anna soundparameters and more volume
No keylock vibration (removable, check delight FAQ in Additional Files folder)
Tacticle feedback while calls (removable, check delight FAQ in Additional Files folder)
Delight animation and sound in C:\data\Animations\, you can replace/remove it
Use startup.mif/.mp3 and shutdown.gif/.mp3 and enable warning sound in active profile.
- Unlocked menu (create subfolders and rename apps)
- Akncapserver mod
- No USB popups
- Fast theme switcher
- Reduced Qt popupfader
- No Ovi signup/SMS
- FP1/2 taskmanager
- Symbols in powerbuttons
- Filemanager extender mod
- Smilies across all applications
- Predic on E
- exclusive delight theme effects in e:\effects, big thanks to our team member Allstar12345
- Swipolicity mod (more rights)
- Heapsize and Closing delay mod
- Strategist camera mod (small size, high quality)
- No active diverts
- Music folder search in E:\music\ and F:\music\
- Skip e:\effects in Gallery
- Music Player Heapsize 30MB
- Infinite Browser cache on D:\
- Voice Recorder mod (5 hours max, 256kbit/s)
- Sysap.exe 3.0 by CODeRUS (restart via power menu, disabled all popups)
- No lock/unlock vibration
- Unlimited SMS sending retries
- Send protected files
- Java permissons mod
- ported FP1 keyboardskin
- extended maxiumum SMS length to maximum
- Nokia Pure font (we will integrate delight font in next update)
- added Slippery Scrolling mod (you can remove it via deleting C:\private\10202be9\persits\20021192.cre
- modified CPU and GPU config (for best batterie time)
- By default one empty homescreen with Delight wallpaper, max. 10
- Disabeld product improvment
- Disabled screensaver
- Delight menu, A-Z order
- Disabled charching notes
- Light time-out 600 secons
- Screen/keylock time-out 10 minutes
- Disabled FOTA cache
- Dialer & FM landscape
Deleted apps:
- Nokia Social
- F-Secure
- Youtube
- Nokia Music
- Joikuspot
- Microsoft Communicator
- NFC tutorial
- Adobe Reader
- Quickoffice
New apps:
- Updated Nokia Store to latest
- Modified backup & restore and resolver from original delight are included
- X-Plore (with custom settings and icon by BelleXDesigns)
- Connectivity Analyzer
- WebSearch Ultimate Lite
- Internet Radio
- SIP VOIP extended settings
- MIFEditor (hidden from menu)
Widgets added:
- Anna Notifications (incl. Belle Icons)
- Anna Notifications 2*2
- Calendar small
- Clocks: analogue – small, profile, small digital, text small
- Contacts: mini, comms
- Small: DLNA server, WIFI, FM-Transmitter
- Internet Radio
- Mail One Line and Two Line
- Music player, compact
- Search and Search Mini in ROFS
- Vertu Apps Launcher
Skins from:
- Xinox
- Kang Shao
- SelvaSathyam
You can replace all skins which are in C:\resource\apps with your own (without wasting RAM via joshlog/iChris patch).
To restore default/delight skins check Delight resolver documentation.
Some widgets need joshlog or flashing: all email, all contacts and bookmarks widget.
How to Flash Delight Belle Refresh 111.040.1511 on Nokia N8
1. Download & Install Phoenix from here: PSS 2012.50.000.49146_latest.exe
(Make sure to disable your Anti-virus to avoid Insert Nokia Dongle Error)

2. Download and extract the files in RM-596 folder.

(Note that this firmware is pre-hacked, you are not required to hack / unlock it using Norton Hack)
3. Copy that extracted RM-596 folder in the following folder path:
C:/Program Files/Nokia/Phoenix/Products/RM-596
(If RM-596 folder doesn’t exist, you need to create RM-596 folder yourself and paste the firmware files inside it)
4. Now connect your Nokia N8 in Ovi Suite Mode with USB cable and run Phoenix
5. Goto File and hit Scan Product (wait for some time)
6. Proceed to Flashing and hit Firmware update.
7. Select the firmware product code with three dots (…) (Select: 0599842: euro2_gr_germany) and click OK. (Don’t worry for the product code, it can be any one)
Click to enlarge
8. Now hit the options button, just beneath SW Reset button and a window will appear.
- Delete: RM-596_M005.50.emmc.fpsx as show below
Click to enlarge
9. Now Click either on Refurbish or Software Reset button (For Windows 8 users only Software Reset button will function) (Refurbish button will just update the firmware and your installed apps on E: will come back gradually, while software reset won’t bring back the apps, you had to re-install all the apps on E:).
Note: The flashing process would start and might ask you to disconnect USB cable and connect it again and slightly push the power button on N8 to initiate flashing Nokia Belle Refresh Custom Firmware. Flashing would hardly take 3 – 5 minutes on an average PC. Enjoy the Nokia Belle Refresh CFW on your Nokia N8 with all new widgets. (The flashing process is similar for every Nokia Belle Device, however you cannot use firmware of one device on any other device)
After flashing process, turn on your Nokia N8 set the region / date / time and allow the device to work on phases, it will take couple of mintues and will reboot automatically for once. Now you can start using your device with new custom firmware.
Languages in this Firmware:
Almost all languages are there, you have to select the ROFS2 firmware file of your desired language and replace it with the ROFS2 file in the custom firmware package.
  • Instructions:
1. Just get the download from first post by huellif
2. get the translated files from me in your language
3. exchange the rofs2 you got from me with the one in the full cfw set
  • Translation features:
- ALL needed standard files in your language (if provided by Nokia)
- ALL needed modded files that need translating to work
- IF TTS (text to speech) is available in your language, then it is included
- ALL translations have english as base files
- all writing and keyboard files
- all dialer files
- added ecom-3-0.spi which can handle ALL languages
- translated all new widgets and corrected old ones (I corrected over 500 strings)
- text clock widgets in your language; translations by wirer
for now only 02, 03, 04, 17, 18, 25, 26, 27, 42, 54, 68, 76, 79 … maybe more later
  • Known “Issues”:
- Third party Applications, for example: ROM patcher+, are not translated
- in more than 1 language packages there will be only english text clock
- metadatamod equalizer mod in english
- rarely used languages, such as galician, basque, canadian french, chinglish & taiwan english are not made

Dual Sets: (english +2 languages)

37 arabic & 02 french
37 arabic & 05 italian
03 german & 54 greek
03 german & 27 polish
03 german & 16 russian
03 german & 14 turkish
57 hebrew & 16 russian
83 latin american spanish & 04 spanish
04 spanish & 44 catalan

Frequently Asked Questions:
Q: I am using another Belle Refresh CFW (111.040.1511), will I have to downgrade first?
A: If you are using another Belle Refresh CFW based on v111.040.1511 (for instance Xeon Belle Refresh or PVN’s CFW), you won’t be required to downgrade, just flash this firmware. Even if you are using AminKing v11 till now, you can simply flash it using the flashing method as mentioned above, no downgrade is required.
Q: I want to return back to Official Nokia Belle Refresh v111.040.1511, what to do?
A: Just download Official Nokia Belle Refresh Firmware v111.040.1511 from NaviFirm and flash it in the same way with Phoenix.
Q: Can I downgrade this firmware? In case I want to return back to Symbian Anna?
A: Yes you can downgrade using this downgrade tutorial over here.

Q: My Nokia N8 went dead after following this guide, what to do?

A: First of all, don’t worry, try to Flash your Nokia N8 in DEAD USB Mode. It will be fine.
Q: Will updating to this CFW or Downgrading from CFW to PR 1.0 erase my all data from the phone?
A: NO! Your data would remain preserved in E:/ MASS MEMORY, however backup of your important data is always recommended.
Q: My phone doesn’t scan for music / songs after flashing this CFW?
A: Place all your music files in E:/Music

Q: Where should I place the custom theme effects after flashing this firmware?
A: Extract your custom theme effects in E:/effects
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Thursday, March 20, 2014

Basics of Scala Programming Language Vs Java

Fresh install of Windows XP SP3 update issues (SOLVED .NET issue)

Windows XP SP3 Update Issues
We’ve stumbled upon a relatively new issue while doing fresh installs of Windows XP with Service Pack 3. As most of us know, Microsoft is going to completely stop XP support coming April 8th 2014. Well no surprise, ahead of schedule Microsoft managed to create issues with Windows XP SP3 Automatic Updates. In simple terms, after doing a brand new installation of Windows XP with Service Pack 3 you’ll receive errors trying to install Windows Updates. I’ve spent the good part of a week trying to figure out how to fix this issue in a timely manner. After a couple days of frustration and research on the Internet I was able to find nothing but small clues as to how I can fix this issue. My first round of success involved running a Microsoft Fixit solution which repaired the original error received from the Microsoft Update website. Although the error was now gone, I still had an issue with Microsoft’s Update website continuously looping with out going anywhere. Eventually Automatic Updates would kick in allowing me to install updates. This process took a very long time and required me to baby sit the install process. Obviously not a good enough solution when I have customers to keep happy. After so many updates finally pushed through I was able to successfully use Microsoft Windows Updates as normal once again. Directing me in the direction of finding out what updates need to be installed to fix the issue at hand. I have found all the necessary updates needed to be installed and will provide you with the steps I used to fix this issue.

Windows XP SP3 Update Issue.

After doing a fresh installation of Windows XP with Service Pack 3, you are getting:
  1. An error trying to run windows updates.
  2. Continuous looping while trying to find updates on Microsoft’s Update website.
Another related issue I found while trying to fix Windows Updates was the svchost.exe taking up 99% of the CPU issue caused by a bug with Automatic updates. I’ll provide some brief information on this issue also.

How to fix the Update Issue.

There are multiple ways to fix this issue, after about a half dozen fresh installs I believe I’ve found the most efficient way to fix it and get you back to downloading your updates. If you’ve found a better or more efficient way to fix the issue then please feel free to comment and share your steps on resolving the issue at hand.
First lets prepare the updates you’ll need to download to fix your update issue. I’ll go ahead and provide you with the links below.

How-To Video

Installing the Updates.

I recommend installing the updates in order; some updates are required to be installed before you can move on to the next update.
Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5
The First update you’ll install is Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5. Accept the agreement and press next until it starts installing. This update can take some time to install so please be patient.
Internet Explorer 8
The next update you’ll install is Internet Explorer 8. Most fresh installs of Windows XP SP3 come with Internet Explorer 6 by default. You’ll need to make sure you “uncheck” install updates as searching for updates is still non functional at this point in time. I suggest you reboot your PC after the installation of Internet Explorer 8.
Update for Windows XP (KB927891)
This is the update to fix or prevent the SVCHOST.exe 99% CPU usage issue. First thing you need to do is make sure your Automatic Updates is set to off.. To check the status of your Automatic Updates go to your Control Panel, Switch to Classic View, double click on Automatic Updates and make sure it’s checked to off. If you had to turn Automatic Updates off, I recommend rebooting your PC. After the reboot go ahead and install this update. I would leave Automatic Updates off until the end of this fix; once you have Windows Updates working again I’ve had no issues turning it back on.
Windows Update Agent 3.0
Install Windows Update Agent 3.0. This update will fix the Error you get when trying to run windows Updates. If you attempt to run windows Updates again you’ll be prompted to install the latest addition of Windows Update. Go ahead and proceed with this update. The update will install successfully but you may notice that Windows Update will continue to loop while searching for updates. If that’s the case you can proceed with the next set of updates.
Internet Explorer 8 Security Updates
If you’re still having issues with Windows Updates looping while checking for updates you should continue with the installation of the remaining 4 Internet Explorer 8 security updates. After installation of all updates you should now have a working Windows Update session.

Screen Shots


  • Alex says:
    I was stuck with this problem for over two days and this is the only way I’ve been able to resolve the issue.
    Thank you very much!
    • Josh Fridey says:
      Hi Alex, thanks for posting. I’m glad I was able to help. I was stuck on this issue for a couple days myself, hopefully we wont have as many issues when support officially stops this April. I’m sure we will though :)
  • Maybe Linux Next says:
    I’ve been getting killed with this issue. Tried a clean install w/ SP3 and followed these steps, now i have 0x8DDD0002 error….augh!
    • Josh Fridey says:
      You might have a corrupted file in your %windir%\SoftwareDistribution folder. Try renaming this folder to SoftwareDistribution.old and do a reboot. See if this fixes your problem.
      You might run into an issue renaming the folder with a pop up saying you don’t have permission. If that’s the case open up your task manager, go to the processes tab and end process on svchost.exe that’s usually taking up the most memory. Or reboot the computer into SafeMode.
      At that point you should be able to rename the SoftwareDistribution folder.
  • laylaylom says:
    My Windows XP installation under Virtual PC gets stuck when it’s installing that Genuine Windows Update.
    • Josh Fridey says:
      I would need more details as this sounds like a whole other issue. Make sure you don’t have a firewall installed that’s blocking the Windows Genuine Advantage Tool from installing.
  • laylaylom says:
    Forgot to thank you. Your guide worked perfectly apart from some two files being reported as already installed. Probably because I installed Internet Explorer 8 without updates and one cumulative security update before finding your guide.
    I simply hidden WGAT from updates and the rest of the files installed. I have F-Secure and Windows Firewall only. I disabled my virus program during the installation and updating of Windows XP Mode. But I did not disable Windows’ own firewall.
    • Josh Fridey says:
      Glad to hear this guide helped you for the most part laylaylom. I wouldn’t figure Windows Firewall would have anything to do with blocking WGAT. Hiding it from Windows Updates may be just fine, I don’t think I’ve ever run into the issue of WGAT hanging during installation and I don’t think it will cause you any issues not being able to run it. There’s a chance that you might still need a few required updates that may have been missed prior to the download of WGAT. Now that you can successfully download these updates you might want to try again later. You can also try manually downloading WGAT here: You might run into issues if you try to update any software such as Microsoft Security Essentials or Windows Media Player as I’ve been prompted to download and run the WGAT before I could install either of those. Hopefully you don’t run into those issues though :)
  • Daniel says:
    I have not been able to pee, neither eat, sleep or anything else but stair at the computer for days..
    But now; holy shit, it works! Windows update works so nice, so beautiful..And no angry cpu ether.
    So now I also can do my private things again in peace!
    Many thanks, the gold medal to you!
    • Josh Fridey says:
      Hi Daniel, you’re very welcome. I completely understand the feeling. I felt exactly how you did with the exception that I had to get 2 brand new XP installs done for business clients of mine. Thanks for posting it encourages me to share more information in the future :)
  • La Pyae Win says:
    Hi Bro, Many thanks for this extremely useful tip.Can I ask if I can streamline this patches/files with nLite to XP CD?
    I work as technican. I need to make it as less time consuming as possible for xp machines. Many thanks.
    • Josh Fridey says:
      Hi La Pyae, not sure if you’re asking for permission or if it can be done. Either way though, no permission is needed since these updates are property of Microsoft and not myself. As far as using nLite; I’m pretty sure you can add these updates to it successfully. I even thought about doing this myself but also adding a ton of other updates. Not sure if you’ve ever heard of Windows Update Downloader (WUD). You can find it here This program actually helped me cut down which updates were needed. WUD allowed me to download all updates up to 12/10/2013 and I started installing a few updates at a time to cut it down. WUD even recommends using nLite to save you some time on future installations. Good luck and let me know how your nLite setup goes, I’m curious to know if it’s worth the time. Thanks for writing :)
  • Bryce Newall says:
    Excellent post, Josh! I’m in the midst of attempting this solution right now. Been banging my head against the wall all day. This is now my 4th attempt at an installation of XP SP3 on an old Dell computer, and I hope it’s my last. I’m up to the IE8 step now. I couldn’t stop myself from commenting even before I had finished. Once I finish, I’ll post another update, successful or not.
    One comment on your post on DSLReports said that .NET isn’t required. Any thoughts on that? (I already installed it anyway.)
  • Bryce Newall says:
    Hey Josh, I’m happy to report that, so far, I have success! I noticed that in your video, you skipped past the installation of KB927891, to fix the 99% CPU utilization of SVCHOST. Now I know why: When I ran it, it said that the service pack level I was running didn’t require that update (my installation was a fresh installation with SP3 slipstreamed in).
    After Windows Update installed the Genuine Advantage Tool, IE seemed to lock up when it was trying to go to the installation results screen. I let it sit for about 10 minutes and finally killed it. Then, I went back to Windows Update and, so far, things appear to be working normally. I’m doing the .NET 3.5 SP1 update, which is a standalone update, and then I’ll do the rest.
    Thanks again for an awesome article! You saved the day! I just wish I’d found this earlier…
    • Josh Fridey says:
      Hi Bryce, thanks for posting! I feel your frustration and that’s exactly why I took the time to write this article. Glad to hear you were able to resolve your issue! I’ve completed at least a half dozen fresh installs during this process of figuring out how to correct the issues at hand. Some of them required the SVCHOST fix and some didn’t. I believe the issue may have come up during some of my previous attempts at finding what order to install these updates. Either way I figured it was best to post the steps on how to fix the SVCHOST issue just in case somebody else ran into it. I also tried my best to cater to those who may have tried other fixes with no success and may have only been missing a few updates. I also have yet to have an issue with the Windows Genuine Advantage Tool. It could be because I’m using an OEM copy. Not quite sure. If I ever run into the issue I’ll be sure to update this post. Thanks again for writing!
  • MeMadMax says:
    Hi, I was able to accomplish a XP sp3 fresh install and get updates working by installing IE7 then installing IE8 then installing KB2799329…
    Which doesn’t make sense lol
    • MeMadMax says:
      Also note that this afflicts a “fresh copy” of XP mode.
    • MeMadMax says:
      I wonder if MS is trying to sabotage WU before the official cutoff lololol
    • Josh Fridey says:
      Hi MeMadMax, that’s an odd combination of updates I do agree! Next time I do a fresh installation I’ll give that a go and see if I can quicken the process. I actually imagined you might be able to cut out some of those updates but after several attempts at figuring this out I was finally satisfied with my results haha! Thanks for posting and I’ll definitely try your results.
    • MeMadMax says:
      WinXP SP3 clean install with updates working: “Easy Mode”
      Download IE7 here:
      Start the program.
      IMPORTANT: It will ask to “Install the latest updates for Internet Explorer” UNCHECK this box otherwise it will fail!
      Finish installing IE7.
      Restart computer.
      Open windows update from start menu.
      Ignore anything that is going on in the website you want to look to the right of the website: Click on “Pick a time to install updates”
      On the window that pops up click on “More options”
      On the next window that pops up, click on “Download updates for me”
      Click on Apply.
      Click on “Automatic (recommended)”
      Click on OK.
      Look for a “Yellow Shield” to pop on your taskbar to the bottom right, it will say “Downloading updates” when you hover your mouse over it.
      Close internet explorer/windows update website.
      Install as many updates as you can thru the “Yellow Shield”(unselect the “Genuine Advantage tool” it’s not vital, comeback to that later =D)
      All done, easy.
      If you lose your “Yellow shield” for some reason like accidentally close it/cancel/whatever, restart the computer and it will restart…
      Have a good one.
  • Bryce Newall says:
    Hi again Josh,
    Here’s an update for ya: The Windows Genuine Advantage tool continued to be a problem. In addition, if I brought up Windows Update and tried to switch over to Microsoft Update instead, then I would get stuck in a loop between the browser saying “Checking if your computer has the latest version of Windows updating software for use with the website…” and “Checking for the latest version of Windows updating software…”. Just bouncing repeatedly back and forth between the two, until I was finally able to click the “Change Settings” link and turn off Microsoft Update and go back to Windows Update. Some information I found seemed to indicate that that was a symptom of the Windows Genuine Advantage problem.
    My searching found a link to manually download and install the Windows Genuine Advantage Notifications update, KB905474. The link for that is:
    I rebooted the machine for good measure, then downloaded and ran the executable. The forum where I found that link said it might still appear to hang around 75-80%, but would then finish after a couple of minutes. I started it, and it appeared to hang, but then I had to leave my desk for a few minutes, and when I came back, it had completed. I was then also able to successfully switch from Windows Update to Microsoft Update, and am now updating Office 2010 as I write this.
    I hope this info will be useful to others. Once again, I appreciate your taking the time to document the process you went through. Saved me a lot of headache!
    – Bryce
  • Steven says:
    Great! I found a solutions couple of months ago, but that didn’t solved it for today, your guide helped me out :-)
    Big cheers and many thanks for postig this guide.
  • Paul says:
    Hey Josh,
    Had 2 computers to reinstall fresh xp on. Both where a year apart in age. First one worked like a charm following your instruction video. Second one kept freezing after I installed Update Agent 3.0. Reinstalled fresh xp to make sure I was doing it right to no avail. Any suggestions would be appreciated.
    • Josh Fridey says:
      Hi Paul, sorry about the delay in response. I’ve been really tied up at work. Did you ever get any further with your Update Agent 3.0 issue? If not can you describe the “freezing” aspect a little more? Update install freezes or entire computer freezes?
  • JF says:
    Thank you SO much. I’d virtually given up trying to fix this because nothing I tried would work. I’m not a computer expert so I really appreciate that you explained everything so clearly. Many thanks again Josh.
    • Josh Fridey says:
      Hi JF, glad I was able to help. Sorry about the long delay in response. Work has been a little crazy lately. I hope to update the website with more content shortly. Thanks for taking the time to write!
  • Paul says:
    No worries Josh, thanks for getting back to me. The pc is 9 years old anyhow, and I noticed it froze eventually after a while. Most likely a hardware problem. So I thought I might ditch it anyhow, as nowhere on the net did anyone report problems with freezing after update Agent 3.0 installed. Thanks again mate.
  • lloyd Harrington says:
    OMG…. THANK YOU *** THANK YOU *** THANK YOU Josh!!! You are my hero, my friend. Thank you SO MUCH for taking the time to troubleshoot this and post your findings. I am truly indebted to you! I have applied your instructions on three different XP machines and ALL ARE NOW ABLE TO GET WINDOWS UPDATES perfectly and the Dell desktops are running fine. I spent about two months racking out my brains over this and I’m so lucky I somehow stumbled onto your site here through a google search. I applied your fix exactly as you said to and applied the fixes in the order you said too and all went well and I am one happy guy here. The only thing that was slightly different for my particular situation here was that my Dell Windows XP Home Edition reinstall CD already had SP-2 on it. But I had ordered SP-3 on a CD directly from Microsoft quite a few years back when it casme out. So I simply reinstalled Windows XP then installed SP-3 from that CD I had, then applied all the fixes in the order you said and all went perfect. Man how I wish I could shake your hand my friend. So again a big thank you so much for helping out a lot of folks with this. Something kind of tells me that Microsoft wants to sell new operating systems and might have “hosed” Windows Updates in order to frustrate a lot of people – just a guess on my part but one certainly has to wonder. Thanks again Josh; you ‘da man !
  • Marvin says:
    Is there a way to save all the updates to the desktop and then store them on a flashdrive for future reinstalls of XP?