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XP Service Pack 3 query

by jevenew / June 4, 2008 1:04 AM PDT

On my small network, I have three machines running WinXP, SP2 version 2002, IE7, AMD powered, and according to BelArc, I have updates through 05/15/2008 from SP3, with the sole exception of MS07-045, which, inexplicably, says it needs to be reinstalled. There are no listings for SP3 in Installed Programs. I have updates set to automatic, and my question is--Do I need to install SP3 formally? Also, will the System Properties update to show that SP3 is installed?

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Let's try this.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / June 4, 2008 2:36 AM PDT

If Windows Update only lists that one item I'd skip SP3 since Microsoft has some method to not list it on machines that meet some criteria (sorry but I decline to list that.) As to MS07-45 the most common failure of this is some PROTECTION SOFTWARE blocked it. is worth noting as it appears there are HOTFIXES that are not released so my advice is...

If its working, don't fix it.


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My System Properties does
by MarkFlax Forum moderator / June 4, 2008 2:40 AM PDT
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My System Properties does
by jevenew / June 4, 2008 3:05 AM PDT

Thanks for the response, Bob. The only recent glitch I have had with my machines involves IE7, when an occasional page had to be refreshed before it would load.
Mark, the General tab in system properties on both machines show XP Pro, version 2002, SP2.
A recent repair to a friends machine resulted in a repair install. When I was completely done, the system properties showed that I had indeed downloaded and installed the whole SP3 package from Microsoft's Update.

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Not sure what you are saying.
by MarkFlax Forum moderator / June 4, 2008 4:41 AM PDT

In your first post you talk about a small network of 3 computers, but now you mention a friend's computer, a repair install, and when you were done, you had installed SP3.

Is this friend's computer one of the 3 in the network?

If all 3 computers in this network have AMD processors, are they Compaq/HP machines? If so, you may want to take a visit to the HP web site and search around for articles on the problems some of their HP AMD processor computers had when installing SP3. It seems some process during the install disabled the Operating System. HP have a fix, but it may not be necessary on all AMD processor machines.


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Not sure what you are saying.
by jevenew / June 4, 2008 6:15 AM PDT

Mark, in my initial post, I spoke of my network, and the fact that nowhere on my system did it show that SP3 was installed, even though Belarc shows many updates listed as SP3. All my machines were built by me.
In a subsequent post, I stated that on a recent repair/install of a friends machine, after all was completed, the general tab on system properties actually showed that SP3 had been installed.
Hope that clears up any of your confusion.

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by MarkFlax Forum moderator / June 4, 2008 6:19 AM PDT

Thanks for that jevenew

It's a mystery why System Properties in any of the networked computers do not show SP3. I would still visit Windows Update on all 3 machines and see if there are still any updates being offered.


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