XP Updates

By GThomp6654
Jul 14, 2008
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  1. I have just gotten a new hard drive, and put a fresh instalation of Windows XP on to it, however, I have a problem in the fact I am now unable to download any updates, other than windows XP Sp 3, has anyone got any ideas how I can rectify this problem please?
  2. Bobbye

    Bobbye Helper on the Fringe Posts: 16,392   +32

    "I am now unable to download any updates, other than windows XP Sp 3"

    What happens when you try to get updates?
    Where are you trying to get the updates from?
    What updates are you trying to get?
  3. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 18,353

    What happens is SP3 takes precedence over all other individual updates
    I confirmed this by installing Windows fresh (a while back) and the MS update only showed SP3 as the single available update.

    I believe there was an area to show individual security updates.
    But in actual fact SP3 is all of them (wrapped up in one) anyway. So it would be preferred to do that.

    Here's the link to SP3 again: http://www.microsoft.com/windows/products/windowsxp/sp3/default.mspx
    Or just do the Windows Update
  4. GThomp6654

    GThomp6654 Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 73

    Thats great, thankyou :)

    I am now sorted :)
  5. zipperman

    zipperman Newcomer, in training Posts: 1,423   +7

    Sounds good

    But does that mean Windows Update,examines your OS and shows you a
    list of updates,some crirical ?
    You don't always need all that are listed,Some with 64 for example.
    Read the details of ctiticals.You might not need them.
    But did your XP install include SP2 ?
  6. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 18,353

    Yes that's what it does


    SP3 includes all previous security patches and bug fixes
    All are relevant to your individual computer


    He must have SP2 installed to see SP3 on Automatic Updates
    If he had SP1 he would only see the SP2 update, until he restarts with SP2 fully installed. (I feel this is a mistake by MS)
    edit
    But I suppose SP3 is only the 100+ updates on top of SP2 anyway
  7. GThomp6654

    GThomp6654 Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 73

    I re-installed Windows back to SP2, will think about upgrading to SP3 at some point, but for now - I am happy with what I have, considering it seems to be working well
  8. zipperman

    zipperman Newcomer, in training Posts: 1,423   +7

    Good idea

    Heres what MSoft has to say,

    Windows XP SP3 contains a small number of new updates and should not significantly change the Windows XP experience.
    But it's caused me no problems.
    :)
  9. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 18,353

    They mean And contains a small number of new updates and should not significantly change the Windows XP experience.

    It actually contains all Security updates since SP2 was released


    Can't argue with that :)
  10. zipperman

    zipperman Newcomer, in training Posts: 1,423   +7

    Your right

    After installing SP3 i had no Windows critical updates left.
    No problems because of it though.
  11. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 18,353

    Oh zipperman :mad:
    SP3 includes all the updates since SP2 (this part we all agree on, I hope)

    But since SP3 release (now been a short while) there have been more security updates !! On top of SP3 (another good reason to get it actually)

    Anyway, many users elect not to install SP3 (even support members sadly)
    Everyone should realize that it's not really a personal choice thing. They are Security Updates, if you don't get them, you'll be not secured against potential attacks on your (well MS) Windows Xp version.

    In some instances (all of resolved fully now by MS) some users reported SP3 created more havoc. Thankfully for this reason both Add/Remove Programs and System Restore can be used to uninstall it. But. These problem installs are actually to do with your computer makeup, not SP3.
  12. zipperman

    zipperman Newcomer, in training Posts: 1,423   +7

    Safe to test

    SP3 can be uninstalled.
    But i don't worry about "Malicious Hackers"
    attacking me.It's not the White House.They can have a copy of my pictures and
    mp3's.I have no secret UFO information.:darth:
  13. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 18,353

    Now that's funny :)

    But a good point, I'm just about going to go back to Windows 98 and be done with all this ! Actually Ubuntu looks good
     
  14. Bobbye

    Bobbye Helper on the Fringe Posts: 16,392   +32

    I've asked this question before- is it going to ever be possible to plug all the vulnerabilities? How many updates can a system continue to get, then how many more to patch a problem caused by a previous update? Every day some hacker or cracker find a new way to access a computer system. Are we fighting even a reasonable battle by continuing to get update after update ad infinitum?
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