I've been given Dell PC to rebuild due to a badly mangled HDD.
Originally it ran XP pro.
I've fitted a new HDD, loaded XP pro SP3 from the original CD and reloaded the drivers from the Dell site and can get online ok.
All hardware is showing working OK. I then found that it would continually hang when searching for updates and never find any.
A quick Google showed that services: 'background intelligent services' should be Auto and started - it wasn't. I've now corrected it, yet it still hangs.
I then decided to try reinstalling with a DELL XP home SP2 disk that I had - downloiading new drivers. Again, all loaded ok but again it hangs. The above service is stopped and won't even start (error 126).
I have three options left: XP Pro OEM disk that I have, A DELL XP Home sp1 disk, or try an upgrade to Dell vista disk.