|Hi All, thankyou for your suggestions, advice and offers. |
Think all responses qualify as 'Best Answer'!
Mine is a 32 bit installation.
Apart from difficulty finding where to download from, the problem is compounded by Microsoft providing incomplete, incorrect and/or conflicting information, spread over numerous webpages. I have experienced same previously when researching different topics. For example, in this instance, required before installing SP3, please see:-
see 2 under preparation:- must have SP2 or SP1a
must have SP1, recommends also SP2
This installation package is intended for IT professionals and developers downloading and installing on multiple computers on a network. If you're updating just one computer, please visit Windows Update at http://update.microsoft.com
under details:- SP3 includes all previously released updates
The general concensus from all responders is:-
A) Windows update and/or Auto Update do not work until SP3 is installed.
Thus manual downloading and applying is necessary for SP3 and earlier SP's.
I fed this back to MS.
B) Before installing SP3, SP1, SP2 (or SP1a) need be installed.
SP1a not necessary if SP1 installed.
Today, got lucky and found another MS webpage:-
From this, downloaded SP2 and SP3. Have installed SP2 without problem and will leave for a few days before proceeding with SP3. It is safer not to undertake more steps than necessary at a time, as this makes resolving any problem that might subsequently appear easier.
Regards - Mike