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Mar 18, 2013 3:56 PM

XP Service Pack 3 (SP3) - Installation Tips

WARNING: Temporarily uninstall any beta applications before installing any  service pack as they may be locked in place in the process which would  mean a format and reinstallation of Windows should you need to get rid  of them.


Microsoft XP Service Pack 3 (SP3) contains all critical updates since XP was introduced in October 2001 up to around mid-April 2008, so if you haven't yet installed SP2, don't bother as this will cover that too..


As of July 13, 2010 anyone without SP3  no longer receives updates from Microsoft.  See this document for more information.


Exception:  XP x64 only received SP2 and that is the final update for that particular version.  However, as McAfee Consumer Products aren't compatible with XP x64 OS's that is irrelevant here.



Temporarily disable VirusScan and Personal Firewall:


  • Open SecurityCenter by either  right-clicking or double-clicking the taskbar icon
  • Click Virus & Spyware Protection  then Real-Time Protection and switch it off and set to 'Never'.
  • Then  go to Navigation (top right), then General Settings and Alerts and  click Access protection to expand it, turn it off by unchecking it and  click Apply.
  • Click Web and Email Protection
  • Click Firewall
  • Click turn Off and tell it to 'Never' turn back on (until you tell it to)


Uninstall Beta/RC versions of SP3

  • It's important to get rid of these earlier versions. If you're having problems removing them, try uninstalling through Safe Mode.

Uninstall beta versions of IE7/8

  • SP3 wont play nicely on systems that have IE7/8 beta installed, that goes for any beta products.

Update drivers

  • Might help, especially if your system is running really old drivers.

Disable unnecessary startup applications

  • It's not just AV software that can cause SP3 problems. If you're having problems getting SP3 to install then disabling as many unnecessary startup applications as you can might help.

It is now available via Windows Update or as a standalone installation here: -1e1555d4f3d4&DisplayLang=en

(Change Country at bottom left if necessary).


If you wish to make a CD of it here is the ISO (Disc Image) download: goryId=&SrcFamilyId=5b33b5a8-5e76-401f-be08-1e1555d4f3d4&u=details.aspx%3ffamily id%3d2FCDE6CE-B5FB-4488-8C50-FE22559D164E%26displaylang%3den


Remember to try the Custom option when looking for Windows Updates then it will search out all possible updates for your system. Windows Update has been upgraded to Microsoft Update, if that is offered to you and you don't yet use it, I recommend that you adopt it immediately.


Lastly, notes on how to slipstream SP3 into an earlier XP installation disc using nlite: allation-cd

(Do not attempt to slipstream XP SP3 using a Vista machine - future system activation may fail as a result).


Once totally patched your XP is now good up until 08 April 2014, but keep it updated......good luck!


Don't forget to re-enable McAfee when done. Enabling McAfee Firewall usually disables Windows Firewall automatically, but you might want to make sure it has as only one firewall should be on.


Once everything is OK don't forget to go to Microsoft Updates for all the updates issued since SP3, which are quite numerous I hate to say.













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