Windows XP SP3 Download

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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TABLE OF CONTENTS

  1. Download And Install SP3 Manually
  2. Download And Install SP3 Via Automatic Updates
  3. Final Thoughts

Download And Install SP3 Manually

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:

  1. Select the Microsoft XP Service Pack Download link (Opens New Window) to get Service Pack 3. Select the Download button on the web page:


  2. Windows XP SP3 Download
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    Windows XP SP3 Download

  3. Select the Save Button on the File Download Prompt then wait patiently for the Service Pack to download.

    Depending on your Internet speed this could take a while


  4. Windows XP SP3 Downloading
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    Windows XP SP3 Downloading

  5. Once the EXE is downloaded, double click to start the process. Select the Run Button when prompted, then wait for the files contained within the EXE to be extracted:


  6. Windows XP Service Pack 3 Download Security Warning
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    Windows XP Service Pack 3 Download Security Warning


    SP3 Extracting Files
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    SP3 Extracting Files

  7. When the files finish extracting select the Next Button on the Software Update Installation Wizard.

    Note the advice to Backup your system (and your data files) and close all open programs. Open programs can cause the installation to fail.


  8. Windows XP SP3 Download - Start Wizard
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    XPSP3 Download Start Wizard

  9. Select the I Agree option on the License Agreement screen, then select Next:


  10. Service Pack 3 License Agreement
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    Service Pack 3 License Agreement

  11. Next you can choose where to store the current system files that Service Pack 3 will modify and replace. My advice is to accept the suggested location and select Next:


  12. XP SP3 Download File Location Choice
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    XP SP3 Download File Location Choice

  13. The Update Wizard will inspect your computer then start the backup of your system files. Depending on the speed of your computer this could take a while:


  14. Windows SP3 Download System Inspection
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    Windows SP3 Download System Inspection


    Windows XPSP3 Backup Files
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    Windows XPSP3 Backup Files

  15. After the Backup step is complete, a System Restore Point is created. This is so if there is an problem, you will have the option to rollback to before you started the Microsoft XP Updates process:


  16. Windows SP3 Create Restore Point
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    Windows SP3 Create Restore Point

  17. Once the Restore Point is created the new Service Pack files will be installed:


  18. SP3 Installation Process
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    SP3 Installation Process

  19. After the Service Pack 3 files are installed, a series of clean up tasks are performed. Again the speed of your computer will determine how long this step will take.

    After these tasks are completed, the service Pack installation process finishes. Click the Finish Button which will prompt your computer to Restart:
  20. Once the Restore Point is created the new Service Pack files will be installed:


  21. SP3 Installation Finishing
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    XP SP3 Installation Finishing


    Service Pack Installation Completed
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    Service Pack Installation Completed

  22. When your computer restarts, you will have SP3 installed. To confirm this:

    Right click the My Computer icon on your desktop then select Properties from the resulting menu. Do you see SP3?


  23. XP SP3 Download System Properties
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    Windows XP SP3 Download System Properties

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.

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Download And Install SP3
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.

  1. Whether you initiate the installation, or Automatic Updates does, you will be prompted to Accept The License Agreement:


  2. Windows XP SP3 Download
    Automatic Updates License Agreement

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    Automatic Updates License Agreement

  3. Service Pack 3 will now download to your computer


  4. Windows XP SP3 Download Automatic Updates Downloading
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    Windows Automatic Updates Downloading

  5. Once Service Pack 3 is downloaded the Microsoft Windows Update begins to install. From this point you follow Steps 7 To 10 Inclusive from the manual install process:


  6. Windows XP SP3 Download Automatic Updates Installing
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    Windows Automatic Updates Installing

  7. When the installation has completed, click the button to Restart Your Computer:


  8. Windows XP SP3 Download
    Automatic Updates Installation Complete

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    Automatic Updates Installation Complete

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.

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Final Thoughts

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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