The Windows XP SP3 Download tutorial is a plea to all home computer users who are still running Windows XP. If you do not have Service Pack 3 installed, please read this page and Upgrade ASAP!
To protect your computer from Malware and other cyber criminal activity You Must Upgrade To XP Service Pack 3!
FEBRUARY 2014 UPDATE
IMPORTANT NOTE: Windows XP is about to go End of Life (EOL) on April 8th 2014. This means no further security patches, Service Packs or updates for this Operating System!
This applies to Windows XP Professional SP3, Home Edition and all other versions of XP.
Microsoft recently announced the continuation of advisories for newly discovered vulnerabilities, and the continuation of updates for things like Windows Defender only.
My advice is to move to Windows 7 (assuming you wish to stay on a Windows platform) ASAP.
I also advise not moving to Windows 8 or Windows 8.1. At the time of writing it appears this Operating System is experiencing numerous issues.
Windows 9 is rumoured to be released mid 2015. After moving to Windows 7 it is worth waiting to see what W9 brings before deciding to move to this latest version.
This tutorial is the 2nd of a 2-part series based on Windows XP Service Pack download options. Here I will discuss with you:
Part 1 Download Windows XP SP2 shows you the reasons why you should upgrade from Microsoft XP SP2. It's surprising how many home computers do not have SP3 installed.
Part 1 also explains the benefits of installing SP3; increased performance and security, for example.
There is also good checklist for what you need to do prepare your computer before upgrading to service Pack 3. This is an essential read!
Applying Service Packs is quite an easy thing to do. Just follow the guide and you should be able to upgrade without any problems.
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The following steps shows you how to apply the Windows XP SP3 download yourself. Some professionals prefer this method so they can control when the Service Pack is applied.
However, I am more than happy to let Automatic Updates control this.
For the purposes of this tutorial I am using Microsoft Windows XP Professional SP3. You can use the same download for whatever version of Windows XP you are using.
Depending on the speed of your computer the process could take anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour.
To apply the Windows XP SP3 download:
That's it! Straightforward or what! You will find that once Service Pack 3 is installed there will be a raft of additional updates waiting to be installed via Automatic Updates.
If you have Windows XP SP2 you can download Service Pack 3 via the Automatic Update utility.
This is the common method of installation for most home computer users.
As with the manual process there will be a load of subsequent Windows XP Security Updates to apply. These updates are what Microsoft have released since Service Pack 3.
In conclusion, if you are going to download Windows XP SP2, DON'T!. Install Service Pack 3 instead.
PC Advisor (Opens New Window) has a good 3-part article on Service Pack 3 that is worth a read.
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