Should I install Win XP SP3 on Dell Dimension 8400 circa 2001?

I have held off (head buried in sand!) installing SP3 on this PC (See title - XP Professional) for quite a while ( :-) ) .

Last time I reviewed it I didn't go ahead because I was concerned after looking at various web information about the availability of drivers (given it's age).

Microsoft are withdrawing security support from next March and I am concerned that without SP3 the PC isn't as secure as it might be.

Do I need to go ahead with SP3  - I mean everything is working fine at the moment (as far as I can tell!), and, I only use it for back up, occasional website updates (it runs Macromedia Dreamweaver MX 2004) and a graphic package. Both of which won't run (reliably run) in Windows 7. But I do need the machine for these.

Am I ok with SP2 or is there a good reason to install SP3 (any other updates are all up-to-date via the MS Update downloads).

Thanks,
Lou
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ITguy565Commented:
SP3 contains all the hotfixes and updates from SP2 on. I would definatly recommend installing it as there are multiple security updates in SP3
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ITguy565Commented:
If you have any questions on the specifics you can refer to http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=13955 and view the release notes
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peeaCommented:
Windows XP SP3 was released 5 years ago in 2008 and it has been proven a stable update and well-recognised by most software vendors on Windows platforms. Actually it already became a minimum system requirement for most products running on Windows.

It is highly recommended to update any XP systems to SP3. However, making a backup prior update is always recommended.

Regarding the days after MS stopping support on XP, it really depends on your specific scenario to upgrade to Windows 7 (not Windows Vista or Windows 8) or stay as it is.

If your system is always in production and still needs to access the Internet, especially if it will be accessed by other computers locally or remotely across the Internet, it is definitely recommended to upgrade. However, as all applications are in use and working well, you better test the applications on Windows 7 on <b>another</b> computer before changing anything on the current stable XP.
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Gary CaseRetiredCommented:
SP3 works fine on an 8400 (don't it many times) ... and I'd definitely install it, as you absolutely want your system to be fully up-to-date before the expiration of XP support.

As noted, it includes all of the updates from previous service packs;  and quite a few more changes.   In addition, there have been a lot of post-SP3 updates that you'll also need to install.    Definitely go for it !!
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nobusCommented:
>>  about the availability of drivers   <<  ???  the SP3  - or any other - has nothing to do with drivers.
they are installed; but it's up to you to update them; if you want to, best pick these from the manufacturer's site :  http://www.dell.com/support/drivers/us/en/19/Product/dimension-8400

also - it is wise to check if you have enough ram; if possible, upgrade to 2 GB, or more if possible
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LouverrilAuthor Commented:
Thanks for all the advice!

Finally bit the bullet and the upgrade went fine - although the PC is slower (1GB Ram - might need more?).

Many thanks

Lou
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Gary CaseRetiredCommented:
Yes, you need to bump the RAM up to at least 1.5GB ... 2GB would be even better.
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LouverrilAuthor Commented:
Thanks Gary!
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nobusCommented:
the more ram - the better..
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LouverrilAuthor Commented:
Thanks nobus!
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