I have some win xp machines in my 'lab' - all Dell's if that matters. I was rebuilding one with the Dell Win XP SP 3 pro disk.
installed it fine, then loaded the drivers for that machine (it just dawned on me after all these years - shouldn't dell OEM xp install disks have the dell drivers on them?!
Anyway, all the hardware is OK at that point. But then to get on the web / get windows updates / get to ninite to install apps, etc.
sp3 came with what? IE6? Which seems not to be compatible with most anything - even win update? A catch 22. Can' get to win update till you update the browser and it seemed like other things.
Is it me or besides the OEM reinstall disk, then I have the thumb drive of drivers. Then the thumb drive of IE8 and flash? java? .net? even the ninite installers don't run on the clean SP3 : (