What is the Risk of installing Windows XP SP3

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April 12, 2010 at 10:22:19
Specs: Windows XP, 1.5 gig
Hi everyone...

I have Windows XP home with service pack 2.

I have been hesitant about installing SP 3 because I have read in many forums that folks have had problems after installing SP3.

With WIndows XP support coming to an end and requiring that SP3 be installed in order to receive any patches I would like your thoughts about this. Is it worth the risk of messing up my computer by installing SP3?

thank you

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April 12, 2010 at 11:01:21
First I would suggest to use an imaging program and create an image of the current windows installation to a second hard drive (internal or USB hard drive).
Then it's worth to install SP3, because there are many bug fixes and security fixes made in SP3.

I'm running WinXP SP3 for several years without any problem.

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April 12, 2010 at 11:01:34
The chances of messing up your computer are slim. Just make sure to download the entire SP3 file from Microsoft first (approx 316MB), then install it. Do NOT get it from Windows update or from any 3rd party source.

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April 12, 2010 at 11:43:24
It is advised, before doing any updates of any kind, to run chkdsk /f on the drive and defragment it. Scan for malware/virus's

Most of the problems you read about were due to lack of disk space and existing file system corruption at the time of the download and update.

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April 12, 2010 at 12:51:00
I agree that you should always have some backup plan first.

You are well advised to install all service packs. It may be that there could be some issue on some machines or with some apps but sp3 is well tested for most systems.

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April 12, 2010 at 13:04:49
Saying that Windows SP3 can cause problems is a classical example of the logical fallacy that if B follows A, A must have caused B.

SP3 closed a lot of loopholes that were being exploited by various malware. Once SP3 was installed and these loopholes were closed the malware could not do what it was doing previously and crashed.

What caused the problem? The malware or SP3 although everything appeared to working fine before SP3 was installed.


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April 12, 2010 at 15:12:50
Bear in mind that websites only pick up on things when they go wrong. There's one heck of a lot more people that have installed SP3 without any hassle - I'm one of them.

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