Luis Ortega wrote:
> I keep trying to install service pack 3 and it fails with a
> message that a windows folder for installation doesn't have
> enough free disk space and I need to gain 4 mb more space. The
> drive it is on has about 300 GB free but I went ahead and deleted
> about a GB of stuff anyway and it still gives me the same silly
> Can anyone please advise me on what is going on and what I can do
> about it?
PA Bear [MS MVP] wrote:
> [Crossposted to Windows Update newsgroup]
> You receive error messages if there is insufficient free disk space
> on the system drive to install the Windows XP SP3
> How to reclaim disk space on a Windows XP-based computer that has a
> hard disk capacity of 4 GB or less
> Also see http://www.dougknox.com/xp/utils/xp_hotfix_backup.htm
> Error message when you try to install Windows XP Service Pack 3:
> "You do not have enough free disk space on %SystemDrive% to install
> Service Pack 3": http://support.microsoft.com/kb/949385
> Error message when you try to install Windows XP SP3: "You do not
> have enough free disk space on %SystemDrive% to archive the
> uninstall files": http://support.microsoft.com/kb/949375
> WinXP SP3 - Read all prerequisites for a successful installation
> Free unlimited installation and compatibility support is available
> for Windows XP, but only for Service Pack 3 (SP3), until 14 Apr-09.
> Chat and e-mail support is available only in the United States and
> Canada. Go to
> http://support.microsoft.com/oas/def...spx?gprid=1173 | select
> "Windows XP" then select "Windows XP Service Pack 3"
John w wrote:
> I have the same problem... ANy solutions out there?
In addition to the suggestions already given... I will give you the
response I did not cross-post (as PA did) to this group (to the original
(Note: don't just go by the symptoms, try the solutions even if you
*believe* the symtoms do not fit in some cases - as sometimes the answers
given here are tried/true but the articles in the links don't reflect all
the possible scenarios where it would work.)
(Note 2: If none of the solutions above/below work - use the free Microsoft
support for SP3! That link is included in my answer below and in PA Bear's
Have you given all the pertinent information that would allow someone not
looking at the problem with you might need to give you suggestions?
- Is this install actually on a Macintosh (using - say - Boot Camp)?
- What else have you done to try and resolve it?
- What drive letter is given when you...
START button --> RUN --> type in:
cmd /k echo %SystemDrive%
--> Click OK?
- Is that the drive letter with all the free space?
- If you...
START button --> RUN --> type in:
cmd /k dir /ad /c /d
--> Click OK...
... What is the number to the left of the words "bytes free"?
Truthfully - we are assuming you mean Windows XP Service Pack 3 and not one
of the other service packs at this point. Is that what you mean?
Figure you tried this (you mentioned Disk Cleanup)...
For grins - do that and additionally...
While in Disk Cleanup click the "More Options" tab and then, at the
bottom (System Restore) click Clean Up. This will remove all but the
last system restore point.
Download the SP3 IT executable and save it to your desktop and try
installing it from there.
A place to get FREE support for SP3 installation issues *from Microsoft*...
WinXP SP3 - Read all prerequisites for a successful installation
Steps to take before you install Windows XP Service Pack 3
Only other thing - is this a Macintosh running BootCamp?
Come back - let us know what fixed it and why - for posterity (yes - this is
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