Xp Service Pack 3
by skippydoodle2 - 9/26/08 7:29 PM
I run XP home on my Computer..do I need XP SP 3?? I'm all up to date on all my previous updates. I've heard pros and cons on installing it..what does everybody else think?? Thanks!
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by: skippydoodle2 September 26, 2008 7:29 PM PDT
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Bad download for me.
I downloaded SP3 on a computer less than a year old, and now it is stuck in the reboot loop. No matter what I do, it does not work. I have gone to Microsoft help, message boards, etc., and no luck. I do not have a disk, so that does me no good when they say to install disk.
Guaranteed, when I do get it fixed, I will not install SP3 on it. I have a Dell computer, and most of the ones with problems are HP with AMD....and mine is Intel.
beckyc - You can contact Dell and I was told they'll send you a real XP disk if you need one. Or possibly you could reformat with the Dell recovery disk? Or you can go to pricewatch.com and buy an XP disk for, looks like $72-90. XP makes it easy to reformat and reinstall and it'll be faster than what Dell sent as there's no adware or offers pre-installed.
This computer was bought from a computer store, so no kind of CD whatever came with it. The CD is used for numerous computers, so I got nothing. Was told any recovery CD would work. Used a friends, and it ended up installing her Gateway info on it, and XP needs to be validated in 30 days. Sure wish SOMEONE had the right answer for this. Tried contacting the place where I bought computer, but no luck getting ahold of them.
There are sadly shops that are handing out XP like it was free. There's a sad lesson here and it's very costly. XP runs about 99 bucks after shipping at http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16832116056
Sorry to read posts like this.
Bad download for me, also
I followed all advice before downloading the Service Pack3. I have a Dell Dimension 2400, Intel (R), Celeron(R), XP Home, Service Pack 2. I've downloaded Service Pack 3, two different times and after each download I got this message; "Windows-Delayed Write Failed" after I brought my computer out of standby or rebooted. I have never had this problem before and after taking Service Pack 3 off of my computer and I haven't had it since. I too went to Windows for help and the forums and didn't get any help for this problem. I also had a problem with access being denied to files, even though I was logged on as the administrator. Haven't had any problems with this since taking off Service Pack 3. Not sure what's in this service pack that my computer doesn't like but it's something I don't want to happen again. I'm not sure if I want to download it a third time.
"Windows-Delayed Write Failed"
That's not a good sign. When I see that message it's always a bad sign that the hard disk, cable or other part is nearing the end.
Hope you don't have to read what people write at http://forums.cnet.com/5208-10149_102-0.html?forumID=7&threadID=310752&messageID=2872155&tag=forums06;forum-threads
Originally I tried installing SP3 on a system that had many programs and much data. It failed and corrupted my drive. So, I was forced to wipe my drive with KillDisk utility and re-install from my XPpro/SP2 CD and update it to SP3 plus other M% updates before installing anything else. I have no further problems, so far.
I posted this information on another thread, but...
I, too, had problems with SP3. I downloaded the entire file and installed. The computer booted, rebooted, rebooted...
So, I booted into safe mode as the administrator and uninstalled the update.
Somewhere (maybe even on CNet) I read that you could install on an AMD by going in as administrator in safe mode, and it should work. So I tried it.
Worked just fine after that. Might work for anyone who has had problems with the update.
I installed SP3 on my wifes computer with no issues. I don't see any real difference but no problems either.
I also put SP3 on my laptop (HP Pavailion) and found that I could no longer sync my Jornada 720. After trying to find a fix I gave up and uninstalled SP3. Now, my laptop works the same as before.
My experience w/XP3...
I'm running XP Pro, e-pc-40 CPU, AVG 7.5 FREE, and FF.
A person on another CNET forum gave me voluminous instructions of what to do prior to installing SP3. I was able to clean out .tmp and .chk files but everything fell apart after that, so I didn't finish.
Anyway, I finally installed SP3. And don't be shy about telling me I'm thinking of something else - it's highly likely. It has a Google task bar. When I'm at the Google homepage and strike one key, the URL choices come up. Once I'm at a site and strike a key for another site, I get every URL under the sun, but none of the choices have anything to do with the letter I struck. So, I'm left with having to remember a Web site or just doing another search for it.
As someone else has already mentioned... if you don't update to SP3, you will not be able to get SP4, when it becomes available.
Sure hope my terminology is correct, so I don't confuse you.
Firefox 3, not XP Service Pack 3?
I think you are referring to installing FIREFOX 3 (your web browser program) and not Service Pack 3 for WindowsXP (the actual operating system/foundation of your computer) as others are talking about here.
Many thanks for setting me straight. I had a feeling...
I have SP3 on some of my machines and I've had no trouble with it and it does seem to be marginally faster than SP2. I do have a couple of machines I haven't put it on yet because I bought them secondhand and they don't have the original recovery disks.
That said, I haven't used the update process at all. My SP2 systems were becoming decidedly cluttered, so I took the opportunity to do a clean install and reload the applications. I slipstreamed SP2 on to my original distribution disks foe this purpose - nlite is a nice slipstreamer if anyone wants to go down this path.
If you decide to upgrade your existing system, before you do anything else, take a full backup of your system, so that if anything does go wrong, you can get your current system back.
And as others have suggested, I wouldn't attempt to use Windows Update or Microsoft Update to do the upgrade - download the full installation package from Microsoft and then do your upgrade offline. That way, you can turn off your antivirus/firewall/antispam programs safely while you do the update.
Do you need it? Well, as they say, "If it ain't broke, don't fix it" but sooner or later, Microsoft will stop shipping patches for SP2. So I'd say Yes, you need it but when is your choice.
Get for no other reasons than...
(a) Security updates,
(b) Speedier boot times,
(c) In my experience, it fixed registry errors that caused weird intermittent lockups at boot time.
Windows XP Service Pack 3
I let it install on my hp Media Center 7077c computer automatically via download over time (not all at once) and never disabled any anti-virus software. -I have not had any noticeable problem with it! Was I lucky? Don't know, but it went fine for me.
Have it installed on all 4
I have it installed on all 4 of our computers & everything is running fine on all of them. Two are running XP- 1 PRO. And 2 are running Windows Vista. And I have a wireless router (Linksys) that I have for the two laptops. So far; no problems. I always read up on everything before I install things. And the service packs are always high priority for me. Always.
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