Is XP SP3 worth installing?

By Dr. Vader ยท 16 replies
Jun 16, 2008
  1. Do you guys think it's worth it?

    I've heard mixed stories, some say that it causes to many problems to even download, and others say that it can boost your performance.

    I've not downloaded it yet, mainly because I haven't had the motivation.

    I'd like to see some XP user's opinions.
  2. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 14,523

    Windows SP3 is mainly beneficial if you haven't done all your Security updates
    (it's basically all the security updates since SP2 was released and includes a small number of new functionalities)

    You can download Windows XP Service Pack 3 Overview (just some info) H E R E
    You can download the ISO (to create a Windows Xp SP3 CD) H E R E
    You can download the Network Installation (directly to your Desktop) H E R E
    Or you can use Windows Update (to install it directly) H E R E

    I say Yes
  3. Dr. Vader

    Dr. Vader TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 98

    Sounds tempting.

    It's just I've heard from mainly blog sites, which aren't always 100% factual that it causes a few bsod's and crap like that. Any negative input thus far?
  4. rover3500

    rover3500 TS Rookie

    I have had some negative effects.It depends what software u use,need to look it up - i doubt if anyone can tell u off the top off their heads...If u have a nlited installation(ie. some of windows built in stuff taken out) i recommend just using ms update to install just the ones u need.If full windows,I would install it from a fresh install b4 u put any software on.
  5. Dr. Vader

    Dr. Vader TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 98

    Hrmm. Alright, I'll think about it now.
  6. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 14,523

    When installing Xp SP3, a system restore point is automatically taken (part of the install)
    And worse case scenario, it can be uninstalled from Safe or Normal mode, from Add/Remove Programs, if anything goes wrong.

    So there's a plus again :)
  7. acidosmosis

    acidosmosis TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,350

    I had it installed for a bit until I upgrade my system recently. I had no problems with it.
  8. Dr. Vader

    Dr. Vader TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 98

    Yeah, I just installed Premium so. >.<
  9. zipperman

    zipperman TS Rookie Posts: 1,179   +7

    I went for it

    I found more details to assure me to install it.
    It should be the first thing you see when useing Windows Update.
    Watch closely as it installs.After that you won't see as many
    Critical's listed.
    Reminder : Don't install Hardware items.
  10. shadowmansm

    shadowmansm TS Rookie

    In my use of SP3 it worked great and was less buggy.
  11. zipperman

    zipperman TS Rookie Posts: 1,179   +7

    I guess so

    Considering you only had Vista SP1.:D
  12. shadowmansm

    shadowmansm TS Rookie

    Not true, I have been using computers since Windows NT! :)
  13. zipperman

    zipperman TS Rookie Posts: 1,179   +7

    Nothing to do with that

    Edit your System Specs that say SP1.
  14. shadowmansm

    shadowmansm TS Rookie

    Well I am using Vista SP1 but that doesnt mean that I have never used anything else, right? :p
  15. zipperman

    zipperman TS Rookie Posts: 1,179   +7

    Ok you win

    But SP3 hasn't been around that long and it wasn't very long till you went
    to Vista.Couldn't you have said "When i had XP" ?
  16. shadowmansm

    shadowmansm TS Rookie

    Yes, you are correct, I didn't explain myself and I am sorry for that. I use every new OS that comes out at least once and in my experience, "when I had XP installed", SP3 worked great and seemed to be much quicker and less buggy.
  17. zipperman

    zipperman TS Rookie Posts: 1,179   +7

    I apologize too

    I just learned that the latest Vista includes SP1.
    I thought you should have an SP2 AND SP3 option too.
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