Windows XP SP3 Upgrade
I have been Beta
Testing this service pack since it came out. I have not had any problems
with it at all. As long as you follow the instructions I gave you should
not have any problems with it.
Pack is much easier to install then SP2 was.
I would like to thank, Cherokee Chief and Pete Covell For whom
this information would not be possible.
is best for the Home User to wait until they see it available at windows
update to get it. This way you will get a significantly smaller download
and installer based on what patches you already have and which ones you
I suggest that if you choose to enable automatic updates, you set
them to prompt only, not to install automatically.
Chief provided this advice when SP1 came out and I am including it here
since it is still valid for installing SP3
1. Clean out your temp files in the temp folder.
2. Clean out your temporary Internet files and cookies.
3. Defrag the hard drive.
4. Turn off your anti virus and firewall before downloading the service
pack and installing it.
5. 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.
6. After the pc reboots, reboot a couple more times. This insures that
when you start up every thing will start up with in a good time period.
7. After rebooting the extra times, turn your anti virus and firewall
These steps will help insure that your download and install do not get
corrupted. That is what causes allot of the bad installs of the service
what I have gathered so far as the best advice for a safe install.
(Thanks to Pete_C)
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.
a disk cleanup, clean temp Internet files, empty recycle bin and
defrag. Good standard maintenance and definitely worth doing now so
that things are clean when you do your Service Pack 3 install.
you have an XP CD, do a system file check. This way you have all
damaged or missing dlls and system files replaced before you do the
Service Pack 3 install so that it is working with a solid install. Put
your XP install cd in your cdrom drive and go to start/ run and type
hit enter. It will start windows file protection and compare all
files to the original install or update patches (The $NTuninstall
files in windows). If it says failed, hit retry, it just means
something is using it and you have to hit retry to pause the
process. May take two or three clicks of retry.
off your antivirus; make sure script blocking is disabled. Enable
the windows firewall (right click on your connection in network
places and choose protect with ICF) and disable your current
firewall. If you have spybot run and choose advanced interface
(under mode) and under tools go to resident and disable resident
shield and tea timer.
the install if you downloaded it or windows update if you are doing
it that way. It will take some time so be patient. Do not panic if
things seem to stop. Get a sandwich or something. Just check back to
see if you have to click something else.
it finishes and asks to restart, choose no: I will restart later and
then finish. Re enable your antivirus (but leave off script
blocking) and firewall.
PC. It will take a bit longer than normal on reboot, but not
extremely long. It should finish with a prompt to enable automatic
updates and verify your firewall and antivirus. If Norton antivirus,
it may not properly interface so you may have to choose the do not
monitor my antivirus it checks for updates itself.
enable spybot resident shield. It will warn of a new IE toolbar
(which warns of sites trying to run active x or install things
behind your back) and a lock of the blank.htm web page file to
prevent its being replaced by coolwebsearch. Re enable script
blocking in your antivirus.
have the latest Service Pack installed, and should be good to go.