XP: is SP3 installed?

By steeve ยท 12 replies
Oct 22, 2008
  1. I thought that SP3 had already been installed on my machine, but now WU is trying to install it. How do I know if it is already installed?
  2. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 14,523

    Start-->Run--> sysdm.cpl
  3. steeve

    steeve TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 146

    Great, thanks for that. It's not installed after all. (Maybe a good thing from what I've heard here and there)
  4. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 14,523

    Well there are many users ( and support users) that say don't install

    I say

    Definately Absolutely Yes Install SP3

    But who am I to say!
  5. steeve

    steeve TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 146

    Are you saying it was a positive experience for you? I guess I'm nervous, I can't afford to have any downtime.
  6. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 14,523

    I see

    If you cannot afford any downtime I would then adise against it

    To install SP3 your system needs to be:

    Bug free
    Running already ok (if not run sfc /scannow to fix it)
    Antivirus or any other live protecting software removed

    So actually to get it to the stage of installing SP3 (reliably) you may need to do some initial steps first
  7. steeve

    steeve TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 146

    My system very clean and well maintained and runs beautifully. So I guess thats a good start. I'll wait till I've got a little less pressure on then give it a go. Thanks for your help :)
  8. LookinAround

    LookinAround Ex Tech Spotter Posts: 6,491   +184

    As with most major software releases, there were some problems with the initial XP SP3 release (remember all those problems for early iPhone adopters?)

    But most, if not all, SP3 issues have been addressed and are in the release. In general, before installing
    You might also find this thread interesting The value of installing XP SP3 vs. SP2 + updates
  9. steeve

    steeve TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 146

    Thanks! Great links and advice.
  10. jnjgoss

    jnjgoss TS Rookie

    I have good luck with SP3

    The only machine I have had trouble installing it on is an HP Pavilion a 810n.
    It locks this computer down everytime I install it. It will not boot past basic startup and then goes right back to trying to boot all over again.The first time I was able to uninstall it in safe mode but it still wouldn't boot up after uninstall.
    So I ran a system recovery and went back to running fine.
    Dummy me tried it one more time and it did the same thing again but this time it wouldn't let me uninstall it in safe mode.
    So I did a system recovery again and it is back up and running fine again.
    But on this machine I will not try SP3 until I find some answers to why it will not take it.
  11. LookinAround

    LookinAround Ex Tech Spotter Posts: 6,491   +184

    I suspect your HP has an AMD processor?

    The initial release of SP3 didn't work for HP/AMD machines. (Problem was actually traced back to HP. If i remember correctly, they created an image for their XP release and reused the image for their machines. Turns out image was built with on an Intel based HP. Worked OK for SP2 but not when SP3 came out.)

    But if this is your case, a new SP3 download should work. (was fixed in July/Aug as i recall) I think HP also release fixes.
  12. steeve

    steeve TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 146

    Thanks to all for good advice...SP3 install went without a hitch
  13. gguerra

    gguerra TS Guru Posts: 319

    I've installed SP3 on at least 20 machines. Only had a problem with one of them where a wireless LAN adapter would not function correctly. So I went to add/remove programs in control panel and uninstalled it and all is well now.
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