Help with windows XP

By mazza32
May 17, 2008
  1. When I bought my computer it had all programs installed. Now it wont download service pack 3 and I dont have a validation key. What can I do other than purchasing a new copy?
  2. Bobbye

    Bobbye Helper on the Fringe Posts: 16,335   +36

    If the system had SP1, SP2 and all the updates since SP2, you do not need SP3.
  3. raybay

    raybay TS Evangelist Posts: 7,241   +9

    You can get the product key by using the Belarc Advisor (, or the Everest Home Edition 220 Free edition from - 33k -
    Either will help you. If your copy of Windows is not a legal version, using a product ID used elsewhere on other machines may cause difficulties.
    But you likely have no reason on earth to use SP3. It is simply more trouble than it is worth. If you have the other Windows updates, you do not need this SP-3
  4. mazza32

    mazza32 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 16

    Thank you

    K I hear you. Won't worry about it lol. Thanks heaps for your time:)
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