I have been trying to get some clean installs of Windows XP done on a few older machines the past few weeks. No matter what machine I use, I cannot get Windows Updates to work like they used too. I first get error 0x8024D001 when I go to the Windows Update website. I followed some steps in some online articles on this problem, and I eventually have to manually install IE8, then turn automatic update on and let it find a couple basic updates. At that point, the Windows update website doesn't give the error anymore, but it just sits there saying Checking for the latest updates on your computer. Also, I then get an svchost.exe process that starts going in task manager and it takes 100% cpu (in a hyperthreaded machine it only takes 50% of the cpu, but that is really 100%). I cannot believe Microsoft has this problem, and it seems like it's been happening since August. I've tried the two other suggestions on Experts Exchange that reference the 0x8024D001 error, but I still cannot get Windows update website to work.