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21-Jul-2012, 07:31 PM #1
Solved: Can't download Service Pack 3
I reformatted and now when I go to MS to get Pack 3 all I can find is the one for the Office/Professional.

Are they no longer allowing downloads for Home?
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21-Jul-2012, 07:39 PM #2
Service Pack 3 for what? Windows or Office?
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22-Jul-2012, 12:00 AM #3
Windows XP Home Edition - sorry
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22-Jul-2012, 02:35 AM #5
Nope
The link leads me to: Windows XP Service Pack 3 Network Installation Package for IT Professionals and Developers

I have Home edition. I already tried it anyway to no avail. Thanks for responding I hope you or others can figure this out.
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22-Jul-2012, 04:52 AM #7
The open option wanted to take me to the Internet to chose a program to install it. I've never had to do that with MS downloads so I chose save and put in in my Program Files. When I try to open it I'm once again asked to go to the Internet and find a program that can open it.

I think it needs to be unzipped. Any suggested programs and thoughts as to why its so difficult to install? Thanks in advance.
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22-Jul-2012, 06:07 AM #8
the link doublehelix gave you is the correct link
the link from hermitt is to an ISO that you have to burn to cd using a special program
Why aren't you usinbg windows update to do the SP3 update. taht way, you will guarantee on getting the correct version & only the files that you need
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22-Jul-2012, 09:24 AM #9
Did you format and do a clean install of Windows XP Home Edition original version or SP1 or SP2?

If you don't know for sure, right-click MY COMPUTER, then click Properties, then advise us what's listed in the System: section in the "General" tab - exactly as you see it there.

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The link that DoubleHelix provided you with is the full 316 MB SP3 upgrade which you should download and save and then burn to a CD-R so you'll have it available in the future if you need to do another clean install.

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22-Jul-2012, 10:47 AM #10
The download is for professionals as in people who are professionals. It's not just for Windows XP Professional edition. It's just a link to the full download instead of a file you run which then downloads the update.
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23-Jul-2012, 08:48 AM #11
I Deleted the previous download of SP 3 from the "Professional" page and will download SP 3 again and we'll see what happens.

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23-Jul-2012, 04:06 PM #12
at this time, the ONLY way to get SP3 is from https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/down...ils.aspx?id=24

it appears that you can no longer get it from Windows update because due to a recent security alert and problem only SP3 versions of XP can get to Windows update not earlier versions
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23-Jul-2012, 09:07 PM #13
Thanks to all of you.
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