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Windows XP Service Pack 3

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by Lockeyp, Sep 19, 2008.

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  1. Lockeyp

    Lockeyp Thread Starter

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    Has anyone of this great fraternity heard of any reason why I shouldn't apply Windows XP Service Pack 3.

    I would like to hear your views on this.

    Thanks

    Lockeyp
     
  2. -Fabez-

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    This is the wrong part of the forums , but owell :D Service pack 3 should be installed as it contains lots of patch's and security updates for your computer.
     
  3. Plantsman

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    Eventually you will not be able to update your computer if you don't have SP3 installed. You also have an AMD processor which could cause problems if you don't install a patch first. See below

    Some users are reporting problems using SP3 via Windows Update and are having better results using the full package. This is in the form of an ISO, 316MB, burn to CD after downloading.

    http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/d...displaylang=en

    You have an AMD processor you should install a patch first.

    http://www.softwarepatch.com/windows...x0000007E.html

    Also, if you get an 'Access Denied' error when installing SP3 here's the link. Method 3 worked fine for me.

    http://support.microsoft.com/kb/949377/en-us
     
  4. flavallee

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    Lockeyp:

    As long as you're already using SP2 and have been keeping up with all the post-SP2 critical and recommended updates, there's no compelling or immediate reason for you to upgrade to SP3.

    If you do decide to upgrade to SP3, make sure to apply the AMD patch first. Download the full 316 MB SP3 upgrade file from here and save it and then burn it to a CD-R.

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  5. SilentTim

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    Have to say I disagree on this one guys... I installed SP3 without a second thought, after that my computer wouldn't boot, every time stopping on a blue screen, as per: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/888372

    Except in my case, none of the recovery methods would work. My advice would be to make sure everything is backed up and then if the worst comes to the worst you don't lose anything
     
  6. Plantsman

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    Hi SilentTim, did you install the patch first?
     
  8. SilentTim

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    Well its an intel processor, so I really shouldn't have needed to... it was more this USB issue. I think SP3 replaces some files to do with USB and then when you insert a USB device your computer dies. In the end I've had to install a fresh copy of windows based on that and a couple of other errors - no big deal, but be aware, as with everything really, it can cause a lot of problems, so you should have decent backups first
     
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