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!
This tutorial is the 2nd of a 2-part series based on Windows XP Service Pack download options. Here we discuss:
Part 1 shows you the reasons why you should upgrade from Service Pack 2. It is 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.
Applying Service Packs is quite an easy thing to do. Just follow the guide and you should be able to upgrade without any problems.
Do you have Microsoft Windows XP Professional SP3, or Home Edition Service Pack 3 installed? If not, explain to your fellow readers why you haven't upgraded yet?
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The following steps show 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 is a load of subsequent 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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