I had an absolutely torrid team recently when trying to get a freshly built Windows XP machine to run Windows Update.
It kept coming up with this error: "error number 0x8024d001".
Even when I overcame this, I still had a ton of problems.
It seems that many people are getting similar problems running Windows Update on a brand new build.
In the end, I reinstalled the Windows Update agent. You can use this link for that.
If you overcome this error and end up with "checking for the latest updates for your computer" stuck and not apparently moving then BE PATIENT.
It seems that fresh XP machines (even with SP3) still need a ton of updates. It can take up to 3 hours or more to get past this stage, just to list the updates.
And when it does, clicking to download and install the updates can also take a long time, and at times will appear to be doing pretty much nothing! BE PATIENT! It may say "the updates are being downloaded and installed" but nothing happens, but in reality, something is happening!
Here is a really helpful link if you still have problems:
edit: 13th Jan, I found a really easy way to get past these dumb errors on the Windows Update page.
- First, make sure you are on SP3. If not, install the service packs to get there
- Second, install IE8 download for IT professionals.
- Finally, turn on Windows Updates using this Microsoft FixIt.
That's it! After that you'll be able to easily update!