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XP service pack 3 is it new?


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handyrink

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I just received a download for XP service pack 3. I thought this came out in March/May????? I have looked on MS download site and it is not offered. Is this legit? Thanks
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SP3 for XP was published on May, you are correct.
Here's a link to Microsoft's Overview of SP3.
http://www.microsoft...;displaylang=en

I don't know Microsoft wouldn't offer SP3 from their site. Maybe you got mistaken?
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Thank you I found the download at the site you recommended. I know there are issues with SP3. I will read the posts concerning these issues.
Again, thank you for your help.
Randy
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SP3 only gets offered when you run through the Update site and it is a large download and install. Otherwise, it will be sent in small stages if you have Updates turned on.

I usually bypass installing SP3 when using MS' Update site and go with all the other updates I need as SP3 severely crashed my desktop. MS has issued a way to make sure SP3 is not fed to your computer via the usual small doses and it offers a SP3 Help Site.

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Thanks Ron, I'm not sure I will download SP3 after reading all the negative comments concerning it. I do have updates turned on. Do you think I will have any security issues if I do not download SP3. [bleep] MS, next time it's a Mac.
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I've updated everything that has been sent my way for Win XP except SP3 and haven't had any security problems. That doesn't mean you will not, but since SP3 forced me to reinstall XP, I'll continue on without it. If you do decide to install SP3, be sure to back up all files. Especially what you have in the "My Documents" folder as a new install wipes that out TOTALLY.

I tried every option available to recover before making the decision to re-install. Although all your programs are still listed in the Program Files folder, many of the paths and required Registry keys to allow them to work are gone. Of course, a complete drive format will erase all.

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okay thanks for the info. I think I will take my chances and not download SP3. I will just use the regular updates from Automatic updates.
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I haven't had a single problem with SP3 so far except for the change in log in. I think the one called FastSwitch was the original one and it changed to the NT log in.
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