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    Download Service Pack 3 (XP Hm/Pro)

    I know of at least 4 of my friends/"friends of a friends" using XP home or XP pro who have yet to update to SP3 because of still using dial up or other slow internet connection (Ha! Ha! this government promise of high speed broadband for all) I know it would be better to install sp3 individually on each machine via windows update to only get the necessary files which usually total around 60mb but even this is a chore for them especially as one of them wants to do a clean install of his XP HmSP2 using the original OEM disc. So can I download the full SP3 from microsoft site (300mb) and burn to cd then install on the other machines? If so is it jus a matter of copying the download onto a cd then running it on the older machines? I seem to remember something about having to make an ISO image? Thanks for any pointers on this if you can.

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    Re: Download Service Pack 3 (XP Hm/Pro)

    You can download the full XP SP3 update from here. This is just an executable file, no need to do anything special, just run it to install SP3.

    After you have installed SP3, you will no longer be able to use your original Windows XP installation CD to perform a repair install if you ever need to. Some people create a slipstreamed CD that includes SP3 as well as all the original XP installation CD. This can be used in future to reinstall Windows.

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    Re: Download Service Pack 3 (XP Hm/Pro)

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    Re: Download Service Pack 3 (XP Hm/Pro)

    I've downloaded SP3 and was just going to copy it to a cd when I noticed the size is 554MB Is this correct? I thought when I first looked at your link this morning it was 300MB or so?

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    Re: Download Service Pack 3 (XP Hm/Pro)

    Thanks Paul Thurrott's way seems the one to follow when I try it eventually

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    Re: Download Service Pack 3 (XP Hm/Pro)

    I always use Autostreamer, it is a very small download and incredibly easy to use.

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    Re: Download Service Pack 3 (XP Hm/Pro)

    I just downloaded Windows XP SP3 to check, and the file size is 316MB

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    Re: Download Service Pack 3 (XP Hm/Pro)

    seems I somehow picked the wrong one. <img src=/S/confused.gif border=0 alt=confused width=15 height=20>

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