If you are not offered SP3 through WU, there may be a specific reasons
therefore doing an installation from the full file would not rectify the
You are not offered the option to install Windows XP Service Pack 3 when you
use the Windows Update Web site or Automatic Updates
By using WU to install SP3, means that you computer *should* be ready for
SP3. There's nothing stopping you from using the full file once you know
that your computer is ready for SP3.
Release notes for Windows XP Service Pack 3
The hard disk space requirements for Windows XP Service Pack 3
Steps to take before you install Windows XP Service Pack 3
Some third-party programs may experience a change in functionality after you
install Windows XP Service Pack 3
How to obtain the latest Windows XP service pack
Windows XP Service Pack 3 - ISO-9660 CD Image File:
Windows XP Service Pack 3 Network Installation Package for IT Professionals
and Developers (Single installations for PCs can use the same file)
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"outofdepth" <email@example.com> wrote in message
> Thanks for the responses guys - but there are two mutually exclusive
> of advice given; one offering a direct link to SP3, and another warning me
> not to do it unless its through Windows Update... Any clarity would be
> "PA Bear [MS MVP]" wrote:
>> I would NOT install WinXP SP3 manually unless/until it's offered by
>> Update or unless MS Tech Support tells you to do so!
>> Ralf Baumhoefer wrote:
>> > "outofdepth" <firstname.lastname@example.org> schrieb im
>> > Newsbeitrag
>> > news:2C279CE4-093C-46F1-B6B6-C75D5678DF31@microsoft.com...
>> >> Hello,
>> >> When I go to Windows Update to see what updates are available, XP SP3
>> >> is
>> >> not
>> >> listed in the available updates for me (although other minor updates
>> >> are).
>> >> I
>> >> already have SP2 installed, so I assume I should be able to get the
>> >> update?
>> >> And to get one question out of the way - no, SP3 isn't already
>> >> installed,
>> >> just in case you thought I'd installed it without realising
>> >> Thanks guys.
>> > http://support.microsoft.com/kb/955307/en-us
>> > Download it manualy:
>> > http://www.microsoft.com/windows/pro...3/default.mspx
>> > or
>> > <http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=5B33B5A8-5E76-401F-BE08-1E1555D4F3D4&displaylang=en>