I would install the other updates first, FDR, and ASAP!
You could then install WinXP SP3 via Windows Update website: Go to
| Install any software needed to be able
to use Windows Update, if prompted to do so, then press CONTINUE | Select
CUSTOM and scan | Assuming WinXP SP3 is offered, select it *only* and follow
NB: If IE7 is not already installed, I would NOT recommend installing it via
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
| select "Windows
XP" then select "Windows XP Service Pack 3"
~Robear Dyer (PA Bear)
MS MVP-IE, Mail, Security, Windows Desktop Experience - since 2002
AumHa VSOP & Admin http://aumha.net
> 1) a while back, i cancelled the installation of xp sp3 (before it
> so that i can do a backup first. now for the life of me, i can't figure
> how to force an installation of xp sp3. it does show (as it should) under
> UPDATE HISTORY when i'm on the MS Update page (and it does show that my
> Automatic Update was indeed cancelled). but i don't see any way of
> restarting this installation. any ideas?
> 2) in the meantime, my Automatic Updater has accumulated over a dozen
> updates, which i haven't installed yet, since i am assuming that it would
> best to first install xp sp3 before moving forward with the other updates.
> is this a good assumption?
> thx a million in advance.