If I where to install SP3 I would choose to download the
file and not use Automatic Updates.
Your PC must be at least SP1 or SP2 level as SP3 will not
install on XP Gold.
I would also create an "Image Backup" of my drive prior
to installing SP3 just in case you do have problems.
Don't have any Image Backup software:
Try "True Image" (has a 15 day trial version available)
If you use Zone Alarm Firewall (Free or Paid) then update to
Warning do not install ZA version 8.0.xxx as it currently has
Install SP3 in 'Clean Boot' mode:
How to configure Windows XP to start in a "clean boot" state
How to obtain the latest Windows XP service pack
Where to download the SP3 installation file:
(File is large but will only install components that your PC requires)
Windows XP Service Pack 3 Overview
Be sure to download and read the file titled 'Overview of Windows XP Service
Note: "You can run the SP3 update package on any edition of Windows XP SP1
The hard disk space requirements for Windows XP Service Pack 3
Discusses the hard disk space requirements for installing
Windows XP Service Pack 3 (SP3)
"For a PC on which Windows XP is already installed"
Installing Windows XP Service Pack 3 (SP3)
Release notes for the Windows XP Service Pack 3
List of fixes that are included in Windows XP Service Pack 3
Steps to take before you install Windows XP Service Pack 3
Recommends steps to take before you install Windows XP Service Pack 3.
Also includes troubleshooting information.
You cannot uninstall Internet Explorer 7 or Internet Explorer 8 Beta 1
after you install Windows XP Service Pack 3:
IE 8 Beta Warning - Windows XP Service Pack 3(SP3) users only:
Windows XP Media Center Edition 2002:
Scroll down to the end of the article.
XP SP3: Post Installation Cleanup:
How to troubleshoot an unsuccessful installation of
Windows XP Service Pack 3:
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"paulbp" <paulbp.3im0rg@DoNotSpam.com> wrote in message
> Tried it 3 times overnight - continues to fail on "unable to access"
> something - 20 minutes into it - is there a log I should be looking at??
> can you direct me
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