Skip Service Pack 2 and install SP#
Where to download the SP3 installation file:
(File is large but will only install components that your PC requires)
Your PC must be at least SP1 or SP2 level as SP3 will not
install on XP Gold.
Install SP3 in 'Clean Boot' mode:
How to configure Windows XP to start in a "clean boot" state
See the section titled: Manual steps to perform a clean boot in Windows XP,
skipping step 4.
Why clean boot:
A "Clean Boot" insures that only a minimal set of Windows Services and
applications are running. This means your Anti Virus software, third party
Firewall and other background applications will not be running; thereby
reducing the chances that installing SP3 will fail. Just remember to undo
the "Clean Boot" changes after installing SP3.
Do not use the Windows Update web site, if at all possible download the
service pack installation file directly to your hard drive and install SP3
using this file.
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.
"JOEL E." <JOEL E.@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
>I GO TO WINDOWS UPDATE AND IT SAYS THE ONLY NEEDED DOWNLOAD IS SERVICE PACK
> FOR XP HOME I TRY TO DOWNLOAD AND SOME OF THE TIME THE STATUS BAR WILL GO
> HALF WAY GREEN THEN STOP AND THEN A BLANK STATUS BAR FOR AT LEAST 20 MIN
> UNTIL I CANCEL THEN IT SAYS FAILED TO DOWNLOAD SERVICE PACK 2 I HAVEEVEN
> TRIED SETTING AUTOMATIC UPDATE AND IT STILL FAILS. PLEASE HELP ME SOLVE MY
> PROBLEM THIS IS A FRESH XP INSTALL AND I WAS ABLE TO DOWNLOAD ALL OTHER
> NEEDED UPDATES BEFORE THIS ONE.