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Windows XP Service pack 3

by moranacus / April 4, 2011 4:41 AM PDT

I have the automatic updates turned off because the last time I got my computer got fixed last year the tech told me not to do any updates.
I never needed Service Pack 3 before but I can't play the
demo of Puresim Baseball 4 unless I have this installed.
Can I just download and install Service Pack 3 or do I have to download and install all the updates I missed first????

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by MarkFlax Forum moderator / April 4, 2011 4:47 AM PDT

SP3 will update from SP2 onwards, so you don't have to install any of the in-between updates.

But when you install SP3 you will later be offered further updates. I would get those installed as well, when you are satisfied the system is stable with SP3.

That Tech? Doesn't know what he is talking about. Not installing updates leaves Windows vulnerable. He should know that.


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Thanks But
by moranacus / April 4, 2011 5:33 AM PDT
In reply to: Sure.

Thanks for the info but I looked at reviews for service pack 3 at this site and a lot of people said that it messed up their hard drive.

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Re: SP3
by Kees_B Forum moderator / April 4, 2011 5:36 AM PDT
In reply to: Thanks But

It goes well in by far and by far the largest part of cases. Failures are usually related to hardware issues or malware.


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That's not our experience here.
by MarkFlax Forum moderator / April 4, 2011 5:39 AM PDT
In reply to: Thanks But

The problem is, when searching the internet, we only find articles about problems. Rarely do we find articles or posts from users who say nothing went wrong, or similar. It's the nature of the internet.

Having said that, we always recommend the following before updating to a new SP;

1] Solve all issues first.

2] Make sure the system is virus free and malware free.

3] Backup all of your important, 'cannot afford to lose' files. You shouldn't lose them, but it is always sensible to backup before major changes.

4] You may want to disable your anti-virus before starting the install. I didn't have to, and others I know didn't have to, that has been suggested on occasions.


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Thanks Again
by moranacus / April 4, 2011 5:45 AM PDT

Thanks for the replies!!!!
I can't seem to find where to get a copy of Serice Pack 3.
I checked the Microsoft website but can only find the version that says:
Windows XP Service Pack 3 Network Installation Package for IT Professionals and Developers
Can someone tell me where to get this????

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That's The One
by Grif Thomas Forum moderator / April 4, 2011 5:58 AM PDT
In reply to: Thanks Again

Here's the download link for the full SP3 installer. It's a large file so you'll need a broadband connection, but simply download the full file to your desktop. (I choose to burn a copy of the large file to a CD so I can use it later, should I ever need it again.):

Download the file to your desktop, clean out an malware on the computer, temporarily disable your antivirus, then double click on the file to install the service pack.

Hope this helps.


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Is That For Everyone????
by moranacus / April 4, 2011 6:12 AM PDT
In reply to: That's The One

That link says that it's for Windows XP Service Pack 3 Network Installation Package for IT Professionals and Developer and used to install on more than one
Is there a version for xp home????

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Yes, For Everyone And For BOTH Pro and Home
by Grif Thomas Forum moderator / April 4, 2011 7:01 AM PDT

I've installed it on a hundred or so XP computers so far and it's worked well on both Pro and Home versions. That's why I gave it to you.

Hope this helps.


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Yep, for all XP.
by MarkFlax Forum moderator / April 4, 2011 8:58 PM PDT

It's clever! Happy

It knows what your machine needs and only installs those. I wish I was that clever!


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That last bit can't be stressed enough
by Jimmy Greystone / April 4, 2011 11:16 PM PDT
In reply to: Sure.

That last bit can't be stressed enough, about the "tech" being full of it on the updates thing. Take your system to someone else next time, because if this guy is stupid enough to actually believe that, you don't want him anywhere NEAR your system. The other alternative I can come up with is he's trying to ensure repeat business when you invariably end up overrun with malware.

XP is an old platform, about 10 years now, and it was built before Microsoft committed itself to improving the security of its products. If you're going to keep using it, then you need all the help you can get, especially if you're going to be connected to the Internet. If it's a stand-alone system, not connected to the Internet in any way, THEN you can freely ignore updates if you wish. Otherwise they should be considered mandatory.

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Some reading and guidance
by Cursorcowboy / April 5, 2011 12:18 AM PDT
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