Remember, PREPARATION is the key and I use the full downloadable IT Professionals installer which is available to all who want it....
Update: Preparing Your Windows XP Computer For SP3
Hope this helps.
I am running three systems - two of which I have upgraded to SP3 without problem. I recently tried to upgrade the third and no joy.
Problem: XP HOME SP3 is downloaded and install begins. After the install program stops(running for 20-30 minutes) it reports that access is denied for certain files. It then uninstalls. System is still a working SP2 system.
System Description: self-build
Gigabyte Motherboard with Intel Core 2 Duo processor
1 GB RAM
300 GB Barracude HD, a DVD
Built Nov 2006 - has run generally well since then with an annoying propensity to hang on hot reboot - reboots ok after a physical reboot.
Security is ZoneLabs Professional (firewall/virus/spyware)
Windows XP Home SP2
I have generally no issues whenever installing updates to SP2. All proceeds normally whether the update is invoked from a Limted account or Admin account. Have tried doing SP3 update from only Admin account running with no login on other accounts. No success. Have tried with antivirus and anti-spywall off, but message is the same.
Any hints. It feels like I have some sort of broken permissions entry that won't allow me to install files in the proper place.
Thanks for your help in advance.