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									Tips On Installing XP Service Pack 3

          Ex_Brit 17,807 posts since
May 6, 2004 Microsoft XP Service Pack 3 (SP3) contains all critical updates since XP was introduced in October
2001 up to around mid-April 2008, so if you haven't yet installed SP2, this will more than make up for it.

Like getting security updates? Like being able to use Windows Update? If
you don't have SP3 installed a year from now*, you won't get anymore updates
and you won't be able to use Windows Update website.

Enable the built-in Windows Firewall & disable McAfee:
      • Start/Control Panel/Security/Windows Firewall - turn it ON
      • Double-click the taskbar icon to open McAfee Security Center
      • Click Advanced Menu (bottom mid-left)
      • Click Configure (left)
      • Click Computer & Files (top left)
      • Disable VirusScan in the right-hand module and select "Never" when asked for resume time.
      • Click Internet & Network (top left)
      • Disable Firewall in the right-hand module, again select "Never" when asked.

Disable unnecessary tasks:
      • It is also advisable to switch off any other tasks such as polling for mail and screensavers etc.
      • Whilst in McAfee's Security Center also do the following...
      • Click Tools (bottom left)
      • Click Task Scheduler (far right)
      • Delete the Quickclean and Defragmenter tasks.
      • Click Finish and exit Security Center.
      • If you have any other protection software such as SpywareBlaster etc. turn off its protection too.

Uninstall Beta/RC versions of SP3
      • It’s important to get rid of these earlier versions. If you’re having problems removing them,
        try uninstalling through Safe Mode.

Uninstall beta versions of IE8

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       • SP3 won’t play nicely on systems that have IE8 beta installed, that goes for any beta products.

Update drivers
       • Might help, especially if your system is running really old drivers.

Disable unnecessary startup applications
       • It’s not just AV software that can cause SP3 problems. If you’re having problems getting
         SP3 to install then disabling as many unnecessary startup applications as you can might help.

Warning regarding IE7:
       • If you might need to uninstall IE7 at a later date, please note that SP3 will lock IE7 in place. So, only if you
         might want to remove it, uninstall IE7 first, then reinstall afterwards.
       • (SP3 does NOT contain IE7, WMP11 etc. - these can all be found at Microsoft's website or via Windows
         Updates using the Custom option).

It is now available via Windows Update or as a standalone installation here:

If you wish to make a CD of it here is the ISO (Disc Image) download:

SP3 Release Notes:

Remember to try the Custom option when looking for Windows Updates then it will search out all possible updates
for your system. Windows Update has been upgraded to Microsoft Update, if that is offered to you and you don't yet
use it, I recommend that you adopt it immediately.

Lastly, notes on how to slipstream SP3 into an earlier XP installation disc using nlite:
(Do not attempt to slipstream XP SP3 using a Vista machine - future system activation may fail as a result).

Once totally patched your XP is now good up until 08 April 2014, but keep it updated......good luck!

Don't forget to re-enable McAfee when done. Enabling McAfee Firewall usually disables Windows Firewall
automatically, but you might want to make sure it has as only one firewall should be on.

*Revised 27 Apr, 2009.

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         Grif 1,368 posts since
Sep 29, 2002 1. RE: Tips On Installing XP Service Pack 3 May 12, 2008 6:29 PM
One important note for those with AMD processors , especially those with OEM installations on HP computers..

Windows XP Service Pack 3 endless reboots

It seems a few folks have had this same issue with constant rebooting after installing SP3.. Because Microsoft is
aware of the issue, if you run into repeated reboots after installing SP3, then please call the telephone number at the
Microsoft "Help" number posted above by Peter.. Almost all have been able to work through it and get SP3 installed
successfully.. Here it is again:

On the other hand, I've currently installed SP3 on 35-40 computers at this time and had no problems whatsoever.
Follow the instructions previously posted by Peter helped make a trouble free SP3 update.

Hope this helps.


         Jubo 1,800 posts since
Sep 19, 2002 2. RE: Tips On Installing XP Service Pack 3 May 13, 2008 4:04 AM

  in response to: Grif Another good documen to read before you install SP3 is: Steps to take before you install
Windows XP Service Pack 3:

If you are running antivirus software[/B]

Warning This workaround may make a computer or a network more vulnerable to attack
by malicious users or by malicious software such as viruses. We do not recommend this

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workaround but are providing this information so that you can implement this workaround at
your own discretion. Use this workaround at your own risk.


      • If the configuration of your antivirus software prevents certain system files from being changed, the
        Windows XP SP3 installation may fail. Try temporarily disabling your antivirus software. To do this, right-
        click your antivirus program icon, and then click Disable. This icon typically appears in the lower right
        corner of the computer screen.
      • If you disable your antivirus software before you install Windows XP SP3, make sure that you know the
        risks that are involved, and make sure that you enable the antivirus software after Windows XP SP3 is

Note An antivirus program is designed to help protect your computer from viruses. You must not download or open
files from sources that you do not trust, visit Web sites that you do not trust, or open e-mail attachments when your
antivirus program is disabled. For additional information about computer viruses, click the following article number to
view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
129972 Computer viruses: description, prevention, and recovery

         HarryWaldron 1,013 posts since
Sep 11, 2002 3. RE: Tips On Installing XP Service Pack 3 May 14, 2008 11:29 AM

  in response to: Jubo Copy of recent blog post shared below ... The XP SP3 installation upgrades have worked
well for me on three systems and they should for most users. A service pack represents a major upgrade of
operating system or product binaries and should be performed in a cautious manner.

Some best practices for a successful installation of XP SP3 (or any major software install) include:

-- Read the Internet Explorer prerequisite information (e.g., IE 6 and IE 8 users are affected
-- IE 8 must be uninstalled first and IE 6 users will return to IE 7 if they choose to uninstall XP SP3 later)
-- The "standalone" version for professionals is a huge download (312MB). I had 3 PCs to update and
that made it beneficial to use the full version (plus I wanted to archive this as a future backup). For just a
single PC, the Windows Update facility provides a more efficient download as it only retrieve only the SP
components needed based on the PC configuration.
-- Once you're ready to install, reboot your system for a fresh start
-- Shutdown all possible applications that automatically start-up
-- Disable your Anti-virus software
-- Optional, you may want to temporarily disconnect from the Internet on home PCs to avoid any potential
interruptions (only if you're using the standalone version)
-- XP SP3 requires considerable disk space (1GB or more of free space needs to be available). Make certain
you have enough free temporary space. If your hard drive is almost full, use the disk clean-up tool and
delete all unneeded items.
-- Start the XP SP3 install process and read/accept the various prompts offered
-- Do not use your system for any other activity while it's running

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-- Be patient as the update process could require 30 to 60 minutes depending on system speed, free space,
and other factors
-- Reboot your system as prompted
-- After the final settings have been made following the reboot, I usually perform an additional reboot to test
out the change and to give the PC a fresh start after applying the service pack.

It's important to read and research all prerequisites prior to installing. For example, as I'm currently testing Internet
Explorer 8 beta, I discovered it must uninstalled before you can apply the XP SP3 upgrade. After XP SP3 is installed
IE 8 was reinstalled.

Internet Explorer Prerequisites - A must read for XP SP3

Excellent resource for Windows XP SP3 links and information

Microsoft Forums - XP SP3 issues can be reviewed or reported here:

Other XP SP3 Issues - A few systems have experienced constant reboot issues

May 13, 2008 Update: The following blog entry provides an excellent overview of most current issues:

Shaun Cassells Blog - Some XP SP3 Users Experience Crashes, Mostly Due to OEM Problems

While Windows XP is receiving some bad press due to the crashes, again, it appears that
most of the crashes are due to hardware issues stemming from unsupported configurations,
and thus the blame fall largely to the PC manufacturers, and the makers of component
drivers. Fortunately, the majority of the problems have easy fixes that do not even requiring
uninstalling the Service Pack.

Similar problems occurred with Windows Vista SP1, though in that case the blame
ended up resting with a Microsoft pre-install update. It is fairly typical for a Service Pack
to take some computers out of commission, particularly one for an OS with as large an
operating base and as varied a hardware environment as Windows XP. Nonetheless, such
problems are serious concerns for users affected, and those potentially at risk.

         HarryWaldron 1,013 posts since
Sep 11, 2002 4. Windows XP SP3 - One Workaround for Endless Reboot issue May 16, 2008 7:05 AM

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While HP is working on a solution for the flawed IntelPPM driver used for certain AMD models, this neat solution will
check for the presence of vulnerable PCs and disable the driver so that Windows XP SP3 can successfully load.

QUOTE: May 15, 2008 (Computerworld) A former Microsoft Corp. security manager has published a tool designed to
detect and fix PCs that may be susceptible to "endless reboots" if updated to Windows XP Service Pack 3 (SP3).

Jesper Johansson, once a program manager for security policy at Microsoft and currently an MVP (Microsoft Most
Valuable Professional) who works at, posted a link to the tool on his blog yesterday, beating his
former employer and Hewlett-Packard Co. to the draw. Neither company has yet come up with a fix or patch for the
weeklong snafu.
Johansson's small, 16K VBScript (Visual Basic Scripting Edition) file checks whether the PC is running a processor
from Advanced Micro Devices Inc. (AMD), and if so, examines the Windows registry to see if a device driver meant
for Intel-based machines is set to load.

"If it is, it will offer you an option to disable it," said Johansson in an update to a blog post where he has been
summarizing reports of Windows XP SP3 problems and offering solutions. Users can run the script from the
command line to check multiple machines on a network, Johansson added.

         Ex_Brit 17,807 posts since
May 6, 2004 5. XP SP3 CD Availability May 20, 2008 8:56 PM

   in response to: HarryWaldron For the US/Canada:

For Asia, Pacific & Australasia:

For Europe, Middle East & Africa:

For South America, Caribbean:

For Japan:

There may be a charge, depending on where you live.

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