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    Question XP Service Pack 3

    I'm floating between three Windows environments and not doing swell at any. I now see Windows wants to
    run SP3 on my old IBM Think Pad using XP? Does anybody see special problems with this?

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    SP3 is the standard for XP and I've not seen any issues that prevent installation.
    I would make an image backup before installing - use one of the free backup programs if you don't have one. I install it from the command line to stop it performing a backup - it takes forever to install without the backup. I'll try to remember to post the command line string for you.

    cheers, Paul

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    Service packs are least likely to be problematic when done after a clean install.
    If you do not whish to perform a clean install at this time, clean up the OS as best you can, image it, then install
    the service pack.
    If you end up STILL having issues, then a clean install will be needed.

    Remember, a clean install should always be PLANNED, meaning, collect everything you need before hand and backup
    whatever data you need to prior to beginning.
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    I have had better luck with downloading the full SP3 rather than using Windows Update. See Windows XP Service Pack 3 Network Installation Package for IT Professionals and Developers. Do not be put off by the title it is just the full install package.

    NOTE: Please take Paul's good advice and backup your system before you begin the SP3 installation.

    Joe

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