Hey My method was to download a torrent. Verified it with hash sha1 I think, Then added a product key I found online. I'm on virtualbox. I go to microsoft update page, and the green bar keeps rolling eternally. I tried erasing the SoftwareDistribution folder, tried changing the name, no luck. I tried erasing cookies. Am I just being impatient? Do I have to leave it updating for, say, a week? One of the methods is to actually update to IE8 instead because the update page could be an issue with IE6, but the IE8 update exe also hangs forever. I actually looked in the SoftwareDistribution folder, you know the one inside WINDOWS folder, and it managed to download 700mb of something or other. I don't know whether it did it all in one go. I also don't know if it's spoilt and corrupted if I turn it off while I updating, which i've done often in my impatience. Problem is I don't think I can afford to keep it turned on for a week just to test. Kinda lame the way XP is working so poorly, you'd think they'd have a better method. Any ideas anyone would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.