Safe to install XP SP3?

By firefox5000 ·
Release of Windows XP Service Pack 3 (SP3)

Microsoft is now distributing Windows XP SP3 trough Windows Update and Microsoft Download Center from today. Does this mean that it is safe to install SP3? Or should I wait until Microsoft distributes automatically Windows XP SP3 in early summer?

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Most have found no problems.

by nepenthe0 In reply to Safe to install XP SP3?

I installed the version initially posted 29 Apr'08:

I installed it in two computers, one running XP MCE, another running XP Pro. SP3 installed in 10 minutes. I have encountered no significant problems, but others have reported crashes.

That said, Microsoft has published a number of bulletins regarding troublesome SP3 installations:

So I recommend that you make a complete backup of your OS configuration and data files. SP3 will actually do this automatically for you, if you don't have imaging software such as Norton Ghost.

Once you have installed SP3 and you have determined that it's working OK, you can delete the SP3-created backup file. Beta tests have shown a 10% enhancement in performance with SP3 as compared to SP2, and SP3 includes certain Vista components for additional reliability.

In summary, go ahead and install SP3.

Rick/Portland, OR

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I am

by Jacky Howe In reply to Safe to install XP SP3?

in the process of installing it now. I have created a Restore Point in case anything goes wrong. For me it is only 66.9MB. There were a lot of previous updates so that would probably account for the small size. If something does go wrong it shouldn't be too hard to uninstall.

<No problems at all>

Operating System Microsoft Windows XP Professional
OS Service Pack Service Pack 3
CPU Type Genuine Intel, 2433 MHz (4.5 x 541)
Motherboard Name Gigabyte GA-8IG (5 PCI, 1 AGP, 3 DIMM, Audio, Video)
Motherboard Chipset Intel Springdale-G i865G
System Memory 2048 MB (DDR SDRAM)
Video Adapter GeForce FX 5200 (128 MB)

It is really up to you to decide.

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If you are not sure then do not install SP3. Read more here.

Please post back if you have any more problems or questions.

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So far, no issues.

by CaptBilly1Eye In reply to Safe to install XP SP3?

I have updated over ten workstations, desktops and laptops, so far.
I only had a problem with two of them and it was easily resolved. **

It should be noted that all of these machines had been regularly updated and had all the previously released High Priority and Optional releases.

All are running smoothly now. No complaints. In fact, three users tell me they think their boxes are running smoother than before. I'll reserve judgment on that. ;-)

** in both cases I encountered, an 'Access Denied' error came up about half-way through the installation and then a roll-back occurred. Both were resolved by installing SubInACL and running a script as prescribed in this article:

I suspect that spyware or a virus had removed administrator permissions to parts of the registry.


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No issues here yet

by OH Smeg Moderator In reply to Safe to install XP SP3?

But I have only a small base installed 8 Computers that I'm testing on.

If you don't want to install SP3 get the SP Blocking utility from M$ here


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I am waiting...

by boxfiddler Moderator In reply to Safe to install XP SP3?

until I stop reading complaints to install it. My XP partition is working just fine as it is. If it ain't broke don't fix it.

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I'm with Boxfiddler in this respect, but ...

by OldER Mycroft In reply to I am waiting...

Not in the Biblical sense! :^0

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"If it an't broken"

by jdclyde In reply to I am waiting...

update it.... ;\

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What Boxy is saying here is

by OH Smeg Moderator In reply to I am waiting...

If I'm unaware that it's broke and not working quite right don't patch it.

After all this is Windows so we all know that at some level it's broken or at least not coded properly.


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A bit of clarification appears to called for...

by boxfiddler Moderator In reply to I am waiting...

I run AMD chips. And there appear to be problems with SP3 and AMD chips, particularly in regard to HP OEM setups. While I don't do the OEM thing, I do do (!) AMD. Plus, IE7 sucks. Do not like it one bit, and do not want it at all. Nor am I willing to go through a huge pita process about which I know nothing to install SP3 without IE7.

Yes Oh Smeg - there is always something lurking about that needs to be fixed in Windows. But as long as folks are griping about SP3, it ain't a goin' on my machine!

If it ain't broke...

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