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Xp SP3

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by mrtubs, Oct 6, 2008.

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  1. mrtubs

    mrtubs Thread Starter

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    Hi
    Is it worth installing SP3 on my XP operating system. It is working OK without it.
    Any advice appreciated.
    Thanks
    Ian
     
  2. Everway9

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    Its entirely your choice! I would say yes as i'm the type of person that likes everything up to date. I have not had any problems either
     
  3. TOGG

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    You could search here and see the many threads by people that have had problems, and probably nearly as many from those that haven't!

    SP3 isn't a Critical patch (unless you haven't been doing routine patching) and any 'improvements ' it provides appear to be limited to those that have networks, Full details can be obtained from the PDF document that you can download here; http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/...AD-BC34-40BE-8D85-6BB4F56F5110&displaylang=en

    This is Microsoft's own summary of what it contains;
    "Windows® XP Service Pack 3 (SP3) includes all previously released updates for the operating system. This update also includes a small number of new functionalities, which do not significantly change customers’ experience with the operating system."

    I myself haven't installed it because a) I'm still on dialup and it's a very big d/l, and b) I don't want 'all previously released updates'. I use the Custom option when doing updates and only have the Critical ones. I have no use for .NET framework, Silverlight or any of the other goodies MS think I need.

    I have seen suggestions that it will be mandatory in the future in order to obtain updates for XP. I doubt that that could include future Critical updates but will wait and see.
     
  4. Everway9

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    Good post Togg!
     
  5. flavallee

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    Ian:

    In a nutshell, if you have XP SP2 installed and have kept up-to-date with the 100+ post-SP2 critical updates, it's not mandatory that you install the SP3 upgrade.

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  6. worf51

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    i installed sp3 and have had no problems whatsoever .......i suppose it is up to the individual though
     
  7. mrtubs

    mrtubs Thread Starter

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    Many thanks for all your helpful answers. I have now installed SP3 and so far so good.
    Thanks again
    Ian
     
  8. arcticphoenix

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    ....some of the apps on my rig would work correctly itunes itl library files got lost/erased, speed was lowered by a few notches.....after a few hits there a slaps there(installs).....pc was workin near performance before sp3...still not able to fix itunes itunes library.itl files...says they're lost or cant be written....note itunes was working before update to sp3..........
     
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