How to install SP3 on XP

Posted on 2011-10-08
Last Modified: 2012-05-12
How do I do the subject?

I can't believe that Microsoft can't give a simple answer.
Question by:Richard Korts
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    Download the latest Service Pack regardless of what you have already
    Just press install
    It will take some time to finish so please dont disturb the installation or perform any functions during this time to avoid any problems

    Follow this video please
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    Enable windows updates
    Accept updates
    install updates

    You cant believe MS? I cant believe you asked this tbh!
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    I suspect you may have tried to install SP3 on an original (pre-SP) version of XP ... which will NOT work.

    You must have at least SP1A installed before you can install SP3 ... and SP1A is no longer available :-)

    However, you can install SP2 without first installing SP1 -- and that will let you install SP3 with no problem.    You can download SP2 here:
    After you install that you can easily install SP3 ... either from the full download link in the first post in this thread;  or simply via Windows Update.

    Note that if you simply start running Windows Update repetitively you should automatically get both SP2 and SP3 ... although it takes several iterations of Windows Update to get there (Been a while since I started with an original no-SP build, but I believe it's about 5-7 iterations before you get to SP3).

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