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Windows XP SP3 Available

By STEALTH429 · 123 replies
Apr 17, 2008
  1. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 10,729   +409

    THIS is the SP3. Its 100% real. It just got pulled from Microsoft on the 29th or whenever they were supposed to release it. It went live and then was recalled, but its still live at this link. So you aren't getting a pirated version, you are getting the real version.

    Zipperman, I'm not sure how you got confused, but nobody was ever talking about Office or Windows 2000 in this thread until you got here...
  2. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 14,524

    I'm going to wait for the Windows Updates link when it arrives
    I realize the fault is not in the actual package but in the Windows Update itself.

    But I want to see exactly the terminology used, and if I download the above (and install it) I won't know, as it won't come up as a Windows Update new install, on the list.

    Anyway I'm still waiting 1st May, still not available at Windows update (must be a really tricky one) or MS are holding it back for other unknown (somewhat) reasons.

    You'd think with all that expertise at MS it wouldn't take 2 full days to be put on Windows Update!
    (Let alone the years before that)
  3. tuant

    tuant TS Booster Posts: 202

    So when exactly is it suppose to be release? As of right now, I can't find it anywhere on thier site
  4. zipperman

    zipperman TS Rookie Posts: 1,179   +7

    Yes we where

    That was my findings and still is.
    It's not in my Windows update,but it's
    in MSOffice update section.
  5. raybay

    raybay TS Evangelist Posts: 7,241   +10

    You might want to check to see if you downloaded Office 2007 SP3, or XP SP3 RC2.
    I just called Microsoft at 9:50 a.m. Arizona time. They said release has been delayed and anyone getting downloads is getting the RC2 version or Office.
    Also a check at the MSOffice site also does NOT have Windows XP SP3 as of this posting, as you described.
    The defect-free version of SP3 will be coded as such, I was told.
  6. zipperman

    zipperman TS Rookie Posts: 1,179   +7

    Not for me

    Post the web page so i can see the details first.
  7. zipperman

    zipperman TS Rookie Posts: 1,179   +7


    Did your call verify then that there will be an XP-OS SP3 ?
    Not just MS Office ?
  8. zipperman

    zipperman TS Rookie Posts: 1,179   +7

  9. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 10,729   +409

    I gave the direct link, I don't remember the web page I found it from. But I ASSURE you it is XP SP3. NOT an Office service pack. SP3 for XP has been talked about for nearly a year, I don't know why you aren't accepting that XPSP3 exists.

    Here is a better article than the one you linked. http://www.smartofficenews.com.au/Technology/Platforms_And_Standards/R4T4L5Q9
  10. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 12,523   +2,312

    Well, They Haven't Changed That.......

    According to the "Windows SP3 Overview" PDF I downloaded, you can install SP3 right over any version Windows XP and any service pack. I'm sort of up in the air about why I should. Differential installation, (over another SP), would take place through M$ update.

    As per this document:

    "As in Windows Server 2003 SP2 and Windows Vista, users can now complete operating system installation without providing a product key during a full, integrated installation of Windows XP SP3. The operating system will prompt the user for a product key later as part of Genuine Advantage. As with previous service packs, no product key is requested or required when installing Windows XP SP3 using the update package available through Microsoft Update. Note The Windows Product Activation changes in Windows XP SP3 are not related to the Windows Vista Key Management Service (KMS). This update affects only new operating system installations from integrated source media. This update affects the installation media only and is not a change to how activation works in Windows XP".

    So, why bother? SP3 seems like much ado about nothing.or at least very little for the average home user
  11. zipperman

    zipperman TS Rookie Posts: 1,179   +7

    Why I don't need it

    Your link,
    Microsoft has said they will be ready to release XP Service Pack 3 when they are able to filter people running Microsoft Dynamics RMS from the Windows Download Center and Windows Update.
    I don't have RMS to filter.Read why and who does.
    I had been there.Did you notice "Smart Office" in the name.
    There was no download links there.
  12. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 14,524

    zipperman and others reading with similar confusion.

    Office and Windows are two totally different things (some users do not even have MS Office installed)

    Just by pure coincidence there is an Office update called SP3 (I know very annoying)

    But Xp Service Pack 3 (Soon to be on Windows Update, not Office EVER update) is ONLY for Windows, and has nothing to do with Office update what-so-ever

    They have a similar name, and that's where it stops.

    Xp SP3 is for Windows only

    No, but others might, so therefore to stop any problems, it was stopped from going on Windows Update, until it's resolved (in my view, this is taking way too long to do)

    But when it's done, you will need to go to Windows Update (innitially) or wait for the CD to be released so forth so forth.

    It has nothing to do with Office.

    You have been told this over and over in this post.

    Not Office; Not Office; Not Office

  13. raybay

    raybay TS Evangelist Posts: 7,241   +10

    Perhaps, missed the point.
    The writer said he downloaded Windows XP SP3 from MS Office Updates.
    Since we know that SP3 is not available, and MS confirmed this by phone, we were suggesting that he might not have read the small print, when he found Office SP3 instead of Windows SP3.
    The query was to get his confirmation. He does not have SP3, so does he have SP3 RC, or does he have Office SP3?
  14. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 12,523   +2,312

    Any Port in the Storm.......

    No, at this point the question is, will the writer be able to install the MS Office SP3 into Windows XP as it seems the writer is bound and determined to do. Just kidding.
  15. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 14,524

    Installing Windows Xp Service Pack 3 (when it arrives!)

    1. Clean out all your temp files (CCleaner is ideal for this).

    2. Defrag the hard drive fully. Start-->Run-->Dfrg.msc

    3. Update your Antivirus, and do a scan (nothing worse than Viruses on a SP iinstall) You may also want to do a Malware scan too.

    4. Back up your data to be safe. You should have been doing this all along, but this gives a good excuse to catch up on it.

    5. If you have your XP CD, do a system file check. start-->Run-->sfc /scannow. This way you have all the correct system files before you do the Service Pack 3 install.

    6. Restart computer (actually this part happens a quite a bit)

    7. Download the SP3 update from Windows Update web site.

    8. Turn off your antivirus and personal firewall before installing SP3. Also turn off any other resident protection program, such as Spybots S&D etc.

    9. Close any programs or files/folders. You may also close any programs opened near your system clock, usually by right clicking on the icons, and selecting Close or Exit

    10. Detach any not required peripheals, like Printers/Cameras/Flash Drives etc.

    11. Begin the install (Finally!)

    12. During the install you will be asked if you want to archive the files. Do so. The archived file scan be deleted later if the service pack works. Having the archived files, will allow you to uninstall the service pack if you have any problems.

    13. After the pc reboots, restart a couple more times. This insures that when you start up, every thing will start up within a good time period.
    During the extra restarts, turn your antivirus and firewall back on.

    These steps will help insure that your download and install of Xp SP3 does not get corrupted.
  16. wolfram

    wolfram TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,967   +9

    I have downloaded today the full SP3 package (316MB), and I'm going to slipstream it. Time to format my PC and give it a try :)

    I'll let you know how it goes.
  17. dms96960

    dms96960 TS Addict Posts: 285   +50


    My location only has access to dial up modems with a very slow download speed. Can I order SP3 on disk? If so, can I use the same disk to install it on both of my computers?

    Thanks for any info you can provide.
  18. zipperman

    zipperman TS Rookie Posts: 1,179   +7

    Your Jokeing

    A disk could take a week to get to you. :rolleyes:
    Start your download and watch tv or something for a few minutes.
    But why not wait till your sure you need this update.
    I don't install everything they list for my XP Home.
  19. zipperman

    zipperman TS Rookie Posts: 1,179   +7

    Thank a lot,but

    Why don't you tell us WHERE ?
  20. zipperman

    zipperman TS Rookie Posts: 1,179   +7

    High-priority updates list
    No high-priority updates for your computer are available.
  21. zipperman

    zipperman TS Rookie Posts: 1,179   +7

    Attached Files:

    • SP3.jpg
      File size:
      18.1 KB
  22. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 14,524

    There's no way to help you, isn't there?

    I can't reply to you anymore until you agree it's not Office related, even though the pic shows the totally unrelated Office SP3 update; which has nothing to do with this thread. Anyway if you're like this, then there must be others too.

    Now back to Windows SP3 !

    Originally Posted by NFSFAN
    316Meg containing approximately 1100 updates/etc. to Windows Xp

    sp3 contains all sp1, sp1a, and sp2 files, so you just need Xp and no Service Pack as minimum requirement. But it will update XPSP2 as well.

    Windows XP Service Pack 3 Overview

    But I'm waiting for the Automatic Update link
    Just in case the above download slightly changes

    Yes MS will release an Xp SP3 CD, for mailing (usually free) to you
    But this has not been made available yet
    I posted some dates earlier in this thread, about release dates, including April 29th on Windows Update, but that has been stopped. So who knows the CD date may have also been moved ahead.
  23. Didou

    Didou Bowtie extraordinair! Posts: 4,274

    I had downloaded SP3 from the Microsoft server before it got pulled back & installed the very same day. It's been working well so far but I feel that the startup is slightly slower. It could very well be my imagination.

    PS. people don't get any more stubborn than that & I think we can all ignore zipperman for a little while.

    Attached Files:

  24. nismo91

    nismo91 TS Evangelist Posts: 916   +24

    i've been using the RTM ver of XP SP3 and i realized that it does take 500mb for one folder called i386 in the \Windows\servicepackfiles\i386

    so far since im using obsolete acer laptop, it also has default i386 folder with all drivers etc in C:\i386 directory. i would like to know what is the another i386 located in windows folder for? it just appears after installation of XP SP3 and unfortunately im in the midst of internal space shortage....

    anyone have ideas about this?
  25. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 14,524

    i386 folder: "Intel 80386" (80386 is the minimum processor required for Windows)

    The i386 folder holds the files used to install, repair, modify, update and rebuild Windows. Though these files are also located on your Windows installation CD (if you have one), I recommend you not delete anything located here. Deleting these files won’t recover much room, and the convenience of having the files there save a lot of time when installing new hardware as Windows will try to install the drivers from the C:\i386 Folder

    This Windows folder is the location where most of the files that make Windows work are located. Unless you’re sure about what you’re doing, don’t ever delete files in this folder. They could interfere with the proper functioning of Windows.
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