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    I would like some advice for installing Service Pack 3. It took me almost 2 years to upgrade to SP2, I'm hoping that it won't take me that long this time. But, I need assurances that it will not break my computer.

    Are all or most of the bugs out of SP3 or should I wait a little longer? I did a search on this topic and none were found.

    All advice will be appreciated.


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    I did about 35 PCs and laptops last May-June, and found no problems. Since then, I've done two or three more.

    But "Your Kilometerage May Vary".
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    Hi Duchess, like yourself I was not keen on installing XP-SP3 finally after several "Error Messages" from Microsoft I relented on 14 February 2009, there is a post under "Malicious software removal tool" in the forum "General Windows Solutions" I cannot find the post number on the new software. I have been amazed at the increase in speed. No adverse effects. From what I can find the post was number 759059 but as previously stated can't find this information on the new forum software. It is there I think with a post number 759055
    http://www.wopr.com/index.php?showtopic=75...re+removal+tool

    www.wopr.com/index.php?showtopic=759055&hl=Malicious+software+r emoval+tool

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    [quote name='BATcher' post='762631' date='01-Mar-2009 19:37']I did about 35 PCs and laptops last May-June, and found no problems. Since then, I've done two or three more.

    But "Your Kilometerage May Vary".[/quote]

    If I may be permitted to chip in on this post; I regularly run Secunia and every search indicates that all progs are updated with the latest patches. Does this imply that I have no need for SP 3 or does the fact that Woody gives it the green light imply that
    (despite the Secunia report) it is prudent to go ahead and download it? Thanks again SF
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    [quote name='Silver Fox' post='762651' date='01-Mar-2009 16:24']If I may be permitted to chip in on this post; I regularly run Secunia and every search indicates that all progs are updated with the latest patches. Does this imply that I have no need for SP 3 or does the fact that Woody gives it the green light imply that
    (despite the Secunia report) it is prudent to go ahead and download it? Thanks again SF[/quote]
    If you don't already have it installed, ( right click my computer>proprties to see if it is ) then go for it.
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    [quote name='viking33' post='762654' date='01-Mar-2009 21:36']If you don't already have it installed, ( right click my computer>proprties to see if it is ) then go for it.[/quote]

    Thanks Bob.... Sorry if I sound hyper sensitive but you see, the problem for us dummies is that for everyone that recommends a product there is an equal number who don't, in fact there are some who actually advise against it. I just did a search on Google for a site from which to download it and from the 29 million hits I clicked on this one : - [ http://fileforum.betanews.com/detail/Micro...-3/1197391546/1 ] SORRY EXPERTS, NEED HELP ON HOW TO MAKE IT INTO A LINK- WAS ABLE TO ON THE OLD LOUNGE BUT NOT THIS ONE.] Anyway, on the said site there are blogs for individuals that have encountered problems (blued out screens etc) so as the saying goes...if it aint broke, don't fix it. Yep, it's ok for you experts who can easy rectify things if they go wrong but for many, trepidation is the name of the game. SORRY. SF
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    [quote name='Silver Fox' post='762659' date='01-Mar-2009 17:13']it's ok for you experts who can easy rectify things if they go wrong but for many, trepidation is the name of the game. SORRY. SF [/quote]

    Using that logic then, would you conclude that it's probably best NOT to apply ANY updates, Service Packs, hotfixes, etc....... because at some point in time, SOMEBODY has encountered problems after applying these?
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    [quote name='Duchess843' post='762627' date='01-Mar-2009 20:27']<snip> Are all or most of the bugs out of SP3 or should I wait a little longer? I did a search on this topic and none were found. <snip>[/quote]
    I think that you will find that it is the same service pack as when it was released (no bugs are jumping out of that file). MSFT has released a lot of documentation related to SP3. A start for the interested could be to take a look at the white paper that summarizes what is new in XP SP3 (available in for example a PDF-file). Download details: Windows XP Service Pack 3 Overview.

    If you do a search for your topic "Service Pack 3" in the appropriate sub-forum here (we are at General Windows Solutions at the moment) (Windows XP) you will find that it has been discussed many times before. Anyhow, I add some links to some of the documentaion over at MSFT.

    What Is Service Pack 3?

    Download details: Release Notes for Windows XP Service Pack 3 Short list with known issues.

    Information about Windows XP Service Pack 3

    List of fixes that are included in Windows XP Service Pack 3

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    [quote name='Silver Fox' post='762659' date='01-Mar-2009 16:13'][/quote]

    Unfortunately in today's computer world "if it ain't broke..." can get you in trouble. You could have a flaw that is not readily apparent that a 'bad guy' could use to install malicious software or even take over your system and that same flaw might be fixed by a service pack. It could be a patch that was never publicly released.

    You can download SP-3 from Download details: Windows XP Service Pack 3 Network Installation Package for IT Professionals and Developers. NOTE: Don't be put off by the title. It is just the full SP-3. I've had very good results using it instead of letting Windows Update determine the pieces to install. I also recommend that you burn the downloaded file to a CD/DVD so it is available should you ever need it again.

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    You can download SP-3 from Download details: Windows XP Service Pack 3 Network Installation Package for IT Professionals and Developers. NOTE: Don't be put off by the title. It is just the full SP-3. I've had very good results using it instead of letting Windows Update determine the pieces to install. I also recommend that you burn the downloaded file to a CD/DVD so it is available should you ever need it again.

    I am guilty of not updating SP3 because I didn't want to deal with Windows Update service. I like the idea of having a full copy available. It will save time to have everything on hand for install during reformats. Thanks for the link!

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    [quote name='skitterbug' post='763036' date='03-Mar-2009 07:22'][/quote]

    You should consider slipstreaming SP3. See Paul Thurrott's SuperSite for Windows: Slipstreaming Windows XP with Service Pack 3 (SP3) for details.

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    You should consider slipstreaming SP3. See Paul Thurrott's SuperSite for Windows: Slipstreaming Windows XP with Service Pack 3 (SP3) for details.

    I suppose I ought to. Thanks for the link. Do you suppose I could follow directions?

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    Sorry, but shouldn't this thread be moved to Windows XP?

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    [quote name='wartaaids' post='763221' date='04-Mar-2009 00:05']Sorry, but shouldn't this thread be moved to Windows XP?[/quote]
    Yes, you're right.

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    [quote name='Argus' post='762690' date='01-Mar-2009 19:29']I think that you will find that it is the same service pack as when it was released (no bugs are jumping out of that file). MSFT has released a lot of documentation related to SP3. A start for the interested could be to take a look at the white paper that summarizes what is new in XP SP3 (available in for example a PDF-file). Download details: Windows XP Service Pack 3 Overview.

    If you do a search for your topic "Service Pack 3" in the appropriate sub-forum here (we are at General Windows Solutions at the moment) (Windows XP) you will find that it has been discussed many times before. Anyhow, I add some links to some of the documentaion over at MSFT.

    What Is Service Pack 3?

    Download details: Release Notes for Windows XP Service Pack 3 Short list with known issues.

    Information about Windows XP Service Pack 3

    Thank you Argus. I have read all of the articles you have listed. From what I've read all or most all of the fixes provided by SP3 would not help me as an individual. The fixes apply mostly to things I don't use and never heard of.

    To apply SP3 and take a chance on something going wrong is not worth the headache I might encounter.

    Thanks for the articles, it helped me make up my mind.

    Gloria

    List of fixes that are included in Windows XP Service Pack 3[/quote]
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