I beta tested Service Pack 3 throughout the trials, and had absolutely no
My machine has the final release installed and operates without any hassles.
However, there are known issues with SP3 and computers running AMD processors; there is a 'Sticky' at the top of the Windows XP Support Forum with details.
What to do before you in stall Windows XP Service Pack 3
I have written a step-by-step guide to help you with the installation of Service Pack 3; follow this and the advice in the 'sticky' and you can't go wrong.
XP- SP3 Installation Instructions
Before installing the XP-SP3, perform these steps FIRST
Use the Windows® Disk Clean up Tool
. (Click the coloured Link.
Perform a Disk Defragment....Reboot the computer.
Manually create a "System Restore Point"
; call it, say, Before SP3
Download the standalone version of SP3 from Microsoft®. SP3 Standalone Version
..."Save" it to the computer rather than using the 'Open' or 'Run' options.
Once downloaded, Right
click the icon > ”Unblock”
Disconnect from the Internet; (pull the power from the modem/router
); disable any Firewalls; pop-up blockers, and Anti Virus and Spyware programs (especially Spyware Terminator™).
Start the installation and follow the prompts....When finished, reconnect to the Internet first
; reboot the computer.
Important Note: While the SP3 is installing, do not attempt to do any other tasks on the computer until it has finished, this will ensure a ‘clean’ upgrade.
Post back with the outcome, as it should be quite 'painless' and uneventful. :grin: