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Can not upgrade Windows XP, SP2 to SP3 w/BootCamp

by RWBurge / April 4, 2013 6:41 AM PDT

I am running Mac OS 10.6.8, Snow Leopard, using Boot Camp. I am trying to upgrade from Windows XP, SP 2 to SP3. Installation seems to be going OK until I get an error message saying that I need 4 MB of more space remove programs to gain more space. I have removed more than 4 MB of programs and retried to reinstall Windows XP SP 3 from a disk and/or from the Microsoft Website with the same results. I have the Boot Camp partition set at 32 MB and format using the FAT system. I have also tried to increase the partition to 45 MB and even tried to change the format to NTFS system.
This results in 'freezing the computer when the installation comes to the point "press any key to start Windows XP" (from installation disk). At this point, the only thing that gets the the computer to run again is disconnect the power.
(not recommended by Mfg.)
I have also tried to install Windows XP SP3 with a 45 MB partition and formated with the FAT file system. The results are the same

I sure could use some help from someone that has been able to do this upgrade successfully.
Thank you!

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I did not do this.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / April 4, 2013 7:09 AM PDT

But the fellow at the office did so without any trouble. Now there is one thing they did that could matter. They had a clean install and didn't bother to install any of the crafty antivirus suites before their installed the service packs and updates.

Sorry but that's the only clue I can offer.

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Can Not upgrade Windows XP, SP2 to Sp3 w/ Boot Camp
by RWBurge / April 7, 2013 11:48 AM PDT
In reply to: I did not do this.

Hi Bob,

Do you suppose you can get some more information from your friend as exactly how he was able to upgrade Windows XP, SP2 to SP3? You said he made a clean installation! What does that mean? Did he have to re-format his hard drive? Did he use Boot Camp assistant to format to set a partition for Windows? What size partition did he set for Windows XP SP2? Was it 32MB or more? Did he format Windows with Fat 32 0r NTFS(as part of the Windows installation)? What version of Mac OS does he have? Can I backup my Mac OS 10.6.8 on an external hard drive using Mac's Time Machine and then erase (or reformat) my hard drive using Mac's Boot Camp assistant, reinstall Windows XP SP2, upgrade to SP3 ( I have a disk) and then restore all of my Mac OX 10.6.8 using Time Machine? Or should I reinstall Mac OS 10.6.8 from the original disk and then restore the data using Time Machine?
I am a little apprehensive about easing or re-formating my hard drive because I have never done it before.

Thank you in advance if you can help.


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by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / April 7, 2013 12:41 PM PDT

But I have never heard of XP on a 32MB partition. You are clearly trying something I've never seen (or would even attempt!)

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Re: partition
by Kees_B Forum moderator / April 4, 2013 7:46 AM PDT

Do you really mean MB? Or do you mean GB?

Removing more than 4 GB of programs is quite a task. And just installing means they are moved to the System Restore Area where they take just the same amount of space as they did.


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Can not upgrade Windows XP SP2 to SP3 w/BootCamp
by RWBurge / April 5, 2013 11:52 AM PDT
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I really mean 4MB. That is the amount the message is asking for. I have reinstalled Windows XP SP2 with the original disk and have not installed any more programs. Tried to down load SP3 again with the same result.

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